Jam-packed edition of the FutureScot Summer Edition out featuring EIE Alumni; Snapdragon (p.3) Robotical (p.4-5), Cojengo (p.8), FanDuel (p.13), pureLiFi (p.18) and, TickX p.23. It’s great to see our extended family of entrepreneurs hit the headlines, and this blog will briefly rehash where they are now and what’s to look forward to!
Future Scot Summer Edition
Rachel Jones with Totseat is an #EIEAlumni14. Now also founder of Snapdragon, the team that uses software to tackle intellectual property infringement, they are helping SME’s this major challenge. To that end, Snapdragon has successfully removed £3bn worth of counterfeit goods from the market so far and are doing an introductory search offer for SME’s! Watch this space.
We are very excited to see what Robotical has achieved in the short time since #EIE16 (watch his pitch here)! A double page spread in the summer edition focuses on Alexander Enoch as “modern day Gepetto” and his little robot invention Marty. Marty can dance, walk, play but, most importantly teach, you coding! Programmable toys market is predicted to boom by 2020, and Robotical has just secured a £60,000 investment at the recent ScotEDGE Final competition! Alexander is currently at 42% of his crowdfunding project to aid with production expenses and get Marty into a retail store! Robotical has also recently been announced as part of the 2016 John Lewis Accelerator programme!
In this edition, Cojengo #EIEAlumni15 is named as one of the top companies ‘spearheading Scotland’s digital healthcare tech revolution.’ Cojengo offers a livestock diagnosis and disease surveillance platform for farmers in Africa. They are continuously gaining momentum in the farming communities and are working in partnership with key mobile distributor in the developing world, Obi Mobile.
VP Engineering at #EIEAlumni10 FanDuel, the fantasy sports company, Eileen McClaren describes her role pretty much as heaven sent and reflects on her career path as a women in engineering on page 13. Something to look forward to: FanDuel’s UK site launches at the end of this month just in time for the English Premier League!
#EIEAlumni2012 pureLiFi is sparking interest from giants Apple and Samsung to adopt their “light-as-a-service” says professor Harald Haas, interviewed on how Li-Fi may become the carrier for all digital communications. Haas predicts Scotland moving towards being a Li-Fi hub, and we must take advantage of this “nascent and home-grown technology”!
Last but not least, #EIEAlumni16 TickX provides the UK’s events guide and ticket comparisons for over 50,000 club nights, gigs, festivals, sports, theatre and comedy shows. The article interviews founders Steve Pearce and Sam Coley, mentioning their #EIE16 pitch (watch here), where they have already secured a £175,000 investment with the Ministry of Sound, and the app has 22,000 users, mainly students – WOW!