The injection comes ahead of its imminent launch of shared e-scooter trials in the UK.

An unnamed New York based investor also joined the former British and Irish Lions rugby captain in the round.

Founded last year by UCD graduate Charlie Gleeson and headquartered in NovaUCD, Zipp has raised over €1m in funding so far.

The company is also an Enterprise Ireland High-Potential Start-Up client company.

Zipp’s scooter has an aircraft-grade aluminium frame, 10-inch airless tyres, a swappable battery, dual braking, a wide base and a low centre of gravity.

Each scooter has nano-septic handlebar wraps that reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by 99.98%.