When ScreenCloud's CEO Mark McDermott woke up to the shock news that Britain had voted to leave the EU, a string of expletives crossed his mind.
"I felt pretty numb," he told CNBC via email from London. "I was pretty much glued to the news on television after that. I couldn't believe we had hit the self-destruct button on our own economy."
Britain's referendum decision on June 23 to divorce the EU has created a wave of uncertainty for the U.K. tech scene, and ScreenCloud - an early-stage digital signage business started by McDermott in 2014 - was one of many start-ups caught in the cross fire.
But Asia may be ready to help.
As U.K. businesses wrestle with new worries over the mobility and accessibility of talent, data flows and access to European markets, Asian funds and advisory firms are ready to capitalize on a potential uptick in interest and demand from U.K. and European startups.
ScreenCloud is now shifting its funding ambitions from West to East, by looking to Asia to raise capital to fuel its next stage of growth.