Based on Raspberry Pi technology and with endorsement from a leading examination board, more than 1,500 UK schools use Pi-Top’s machines to teach computer science. These are made at its factory in China and – with more than half exported to the US – sales hit £2.2m in 2016. At the start of this year Pi-Top supplied 13,500 computers to schools in Argentina, and its latest product, which integrates with Amazon’s Alexa voice commands, secured 10,000 pre-orders in advance of its July launch. Started in 2014 by chief executive Jesse Lozano, 29, and chief technology officer Ryan Dunwoody, 25, the London firm has raised £6.5m from venture capital and angel investors. It forecasts sales will rise to £8.1m this year.
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