FrontM Secures $1.5 Million in Pre-Series A Funding Round

March 13, 2023

Author: Karan Bodh
FrontM Secures $1.5 Million in Pre-Series A Funding Round

FrontM, a UK-based start-up specialising in collaboration software for the maritime industry, has secured $1.5 million in a pre-Series A funding round. The investment, led by Jenson Funding Partners,, Motion Ventures, and a syndicate of MarTech investors, marks a significant milestone for the company's growth trajectory.

The platform, known as "Intelligent Collaboration. Anywhere®," aims to address the connectivity and efficiency challenges faced by maritime businesses and their mobile workforces operating in remote and low bandwidth environments. With over two million seafarers and up to 50 million remote workers in various ocean industries encountering collaboration barriers, FrontM's solution comes at a crucial time.

FrontM's maritime super-app platform and app marketplace have garnered attention for its ability to optimise operations in low bandwidth conditions. By leveraging Edge Computing and AI technology, the platform maximises the value of existing satellite connections, facilitating seamless communication between ship and shore teams.

Kiran Venkatesh, Co-founder and CEO of FrontM, expressed enthusiasm about the funding round, stating, "Since our Covid-pivot, we evolved our maritime-focused product roadmap and completed a range of initial rollouts. I’m hugely excited to have the backing of eminent maritime investors who share our vision and are equally passionate about digitally empowering people.

The investment reflects the confidence of industry experts in FrontM's vision and execution. Jeffrey Faustin, Partner and CIO of Jenson Funding Partners, emphasised the company's understanding of maritime communication challenges and the exceptional solution it offers. Faustin highlighted the importance of such platforms in enhancing global transport and productivity.

FrontM's multi-sided business model connects ships and crews with maritime service providers, offering a range of apps for collaboration and human factor management. With over 500 ships and 20+ blue-chip solutions providers already onboard, the company is poised for rapid expansion in the maritime digital industry.

Shaun Hon, General Partner at Motion Ventures, noted the accelerating pace of digitalisation in the maritime sector and the role FrontM plays in streamlining operations. Hon highlighted the platform's ability to consolidate various software applications onto a single platform, promoting seamless collaboration and efficiency.

Niklas Holck, CEO of, commended FrontM for its contribution to digitalising ship operations, emphasising the platform's potential to scale rapidly and increase its value proposition over time. Holck's sentiments echo the broader recognition of FrontM's impact on the maritime industry's digital transformation.

Founded in 2016 by Kiran Venkatesh and Guillermo Acilu, FrontM continues to innovate in the maritime technology space. With its latest funding round, the company is well-positioned to lead the charge in revolutionising collaboration and efficiency in the maritime sector. As the industry moves towards greater digitalisation, FrontM's all-in-one maritime app promises to unlock new possibilities and drive sustained growth in the years to come.