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Vidatec steps up care tech plan with stake in CareZapp

Scottish mobile solutions firm Vidatec, formerly known as Dogfish Mobile, has acquired a majority stake in an Irish company which collects data to improve services for those in need of care.

CareZapp, founded in Dublin in 2014, is best known for using technology to help people requiring additional support, whether as a result of ageing, disability or other needs.

The CareZapp app provides a private social network where caregivers and professionals can collaborate and be kept informed on a person’s wellbeing.

CareZapp has launched pilots in Scotland, Ireland and the US, one with Cornerstone, a social care charity that provides support to more than 2,700 people including children, young people and adults with disabilities and additional support needs.

Greig Johnston (pictured), CEO of Stirling-based Vidatec, said: “When we launched Vidatec we had a very clear idea of where the focus of the business should lie – to harness the power of technology to improve people’s lives. By acquiring a majority stake in CareZapp we are putting those words into practice.”

Mr Johnston, a business computing graduate from Abertay University, Dundee, led the acquisition of Vidatec as part of the Insights Group and became CEO in September last year.

“Looking to the future, we have plans for an exciting pipeline of new care apps that we want to add to the framework, that can use the data collected to deliver even better insights and support to communities,” he said.

Andrew MacFarlane, co-founder and CEO at CareZapp, said: “This investment by Vidatec is a vote of confidence for the work we have done so far.

“Working alongside them now means we have the opportunity to take the business to the next level, enabling us to access growth capital, strong leadership support and excellent resources to drive our expansion plans.

“Together with Vidatec, we want to transform care and home support, amongst communities all around the globe.”

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