Art tech startup Cuseum, formerly Spotzer, raises $1.2 million in seed funding

Photo provided by Cuseum
Photo provided by Cuseum

Cuseum, a museum technology startup, announced this morning that it has raised $1.2 million in seed funding.

Cuseum focuses on mobile technology for the art and cultural sector, allowing museumgoers to have more personalized experiences interacting with art in exhibits and galleries. The startup has also debuted a name change; it was formerly known as Spotzer.

The seed funding was led by Foundry Group’s FG Angels, Atlas Venture’s Boston Syndicates, Seavest Capital Partners, Drummond Road Capital, and New Gen Partners. Additional funds were raised from angel investors including Paul English, Joshua Schachter, Deborah Ellinger, Wayne Chang, Colin Angle, Nicole Stata, David Chang, and Jit Saxena.

“We’re a rapidly growing company and we see the incredible opportunity to bring technology to the art and cultural spaces, so the funding will be used to build up our team, ramp up our sales, and speed up the production of our product,” said Cuseum’s founder and chief executive, Brendan Ciecko.

Founded in January 2014, Cuseum aims to be the go-to technology leader for the art world. Its mobile application allows users to interact with art socially as well, enabling users to share and like works of art they’re seeing. Users can also opt to learn more about a specific work of art they’re viewing through beacon technology, which uses proximity awareness to determine location.

“We see the introduction of beacons as transformative and know it will significantly enhance the visitor experience,” said Ciecko. “We’re excited to bring this to cultural venues globally with the power and ease of our platform.”