Avantis was founded in 1996 by a team of three entrepreneurs with high technology innovation backgrounds. The challenges that the business overcame in the early days were to develop its technology rapidly to keep ahead of the market, to raise capital to support growth and to recruit strong personnel. In its first year, the company was awarded a Small Firms Merit Award for Research & Technology to help develop its products.

Success Factor

Avantis has two main drivers for success. The first is internal, namely the drive and ambition of the principals of the business; the second is external, namely the UK Government’s vision for the need for ICT for schools and funding for it.

The Future

The firm’s mission is to become a leading global provider of affordable server appliance technology unlocking the power of video-rich digital content to communicate, educate or entertain. Avantis has recently launched an innovative Web Caching & Content Delivery Server Appliance product called ContentCache. The product has been developed in partnership with Microsoft and is being marketed in UK, Ireland and USA with headline partners already signed up with the product in the Uk including British Telecom & Dell. The company plans to extend this technology and exploit it commercially around the world. The opportunity offered by this product is significant and the company will seek finance in the next few months for a further expansion.