By Ian McConnell

ABERDEEN firm EBar has raised £670,000 of equity to accelerate the roll-out of its self-service drinks-dispensing technology at busy venues across the UK and Europe.

The innovative start-up, founded by entrepreneurs Sam Pettipher and Nick Beeson, highlighted its aim of “shaking up the industry, dramatically improving the customer experience at venues, large-scale events and gatherings”.

EBar has developed kiosks with the aim of speeding up service, delivering drinks directly into customers’ hands.

The company said: “EBar have perfected the automated dispense of draught beer, cider and soft drinks into a range of sustainable and reusable cups, enabling a customer to order, pay and receive two perfect drinks in less than 30 seconds.”

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EBar added that the latest funding raised would be used to launch its “Beer-as-a-Service” model, with the deployment of its mobile kiosks at major events, festivals and sporting occasions “where high demand and a reliance on temporary staff can result in lost revenues and poor bar experiences”.

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The company noted the funding round had been led by the Seedrs crowdfunding platform and Irish events entrepreneur Robert O’Dowd, with follow-on investments from Jenson Funding Partners, Equity Gap and Gabriel Investment Syndicate.