Resident Entrepreneurs Programme

The Design Informatics Resident Entrepreneurs Programme is part of the SFC funded Centre for Design Informatics, a new interdisciplinary centre involving staff from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics and Edinburgh College of Art. The Scheme is growing a community of entrepreneurial product designers in Edinburgh, fascinated by the interplay between design and technology and driven by the desire to create impact through innovative products. Our Resident Entrepreneurs Programme has given twelve inventive, committed individuals with bright ideas and a practical approach, the space, time and resources required to turn those ideas into working prototypes and products ready to be exploited in the marketplace, either via creation of a new company or promotion to existing businesses. We are not currently recruiting any new entrpreneurs but watch this space for updates.

 

Current Entrepreneurs

Maxine Kennedy, Colourgound – a mobile application to capture colours from the environment combine with cloud-based pantone extraction, data curation and sharing of rural or urban ‘colour maps’ for community, individual and professional use, via custom website. Read more...

Kathryn Hinton, Digital Hammer – a novel, realistic haptic interface to CAD software for silversmiths and other makers, capturing hammering motions via a sensorised hammer device. The project will also produce a library of materials with realistic haptic and sonic feedback. Read more...

Victoria Thomas, TRIGAH - analysing the sentiment of reactions to online clips and trailers of new films, combined with geospatial data to create visualisations of demand which can inform the distribution strategies of independent film producers. Read more...

Michael Boyd, 3dei- a digital tourism design framework for rapid design of data rich, highly interactive and culturally relevant art and heritage applications, simultaneously to web and to mobile devices, featuring gaming technologies and augmented reality. Read more...

Yann Seznec, Lucky Frame – using musical audio as an application control system, for arcade style games and social, multi-player games for mobile devices, and developing mobile interfaces for composition, remixing and generation of music. Read more...

Varun Nair, Two Big Ears – audio augmented reality sound synthesis engine for mobile game developers, museums, assistive applications, information services, shown off via two site specific, audio based, location and gesture tracking smartphone games. Read more...

Cally Russell, Mallzee - social online shopping with personalised shopping malls, content filtering, sharing, voting, even sales commissions, generating a wealth of data for retargeted advertising customer insight and influence analysis. Now in beta with 2500 users and 200 retailers. Read more...

Hsu Hliang, Feusd – a community management platform for membership organisations, covering subscriptions, events and content. The project aims to develop data visualisations of relationships between members, showing hidden clusters and key influencers within networks. Read more...
 

 

Past Entrepreneurs

Jonathan Knox, Pixogram - innovative design and development of an interactive fulldome projection system (a visual equivalent of Dolby surround sound) and creation of suitable 3D content to allow active marketing of heritage and cultural sites to tourists. Read more...

Darren Lester, SpecifiedBy - with a community of over 1000 professional users and over 85 manufacturers, SpecifiedBy’s CAD plug-in allows product models from manufacturers to be directly inserted into CAD projects for architects and interior designers. Read more...

Morna Simpson, Flockedu - a cloud based shop window for individual educators to sell teaching services in member venues using a ticketing mechanism for face-to-face classes also supporting peer learning and feedback through social features. Airbnb for adult education. Read more...

Lillis Meeh, Bread Street Theatre - immersive and interactive theatrical experiences in urban environments, with live actors and smartphone apps to gamify theatrical experience – think whodunnit meets ghost tour meets treasure hunt, in Edinburgh, with your phone.

Residencies News

Inspace

Inspace is a lab that is available for resident entrepreneurs to field-test their prototypes and products.

 

Resident Entrepreneur launches game prototype

Varun Nair, Design Informatics Resident Entrepreneur, launches game prototype at the Summerhall Mini Maker Faire, 7th April 2013.
 

 

BEST BRITISH SMALL BUSINESSES UNVEILED IN THE SMARTA 100, TOGETHER WITH O2

MALLZEE NAMED AS A WINNER!
 
One of our Resident Entrepeneurs has won a place in Smarta.com and O2, UK’s 100 most dynamic and innovative small businesses. You can vote for Mallzee to win here http://www.smarta.com/smarta100
 

 

Touching the Neolithic exhibition NMS

6th and 7th December 2013 National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
 
One of our Resident Entrepeneurs- Jonathan Knox (Pixogram) will be launching Touching the Neolithic at the National Museum of Scotland next month

 

Resident Entrepreneur Pixogram joins Soluis

Congratualtions to Jonathan Knox who recently completed our Resident Entrepreneur programme. Jonathan has now joined forces with the Soluis group who have acquired his company Pixogram which will be a fantastic opportunity to take Jonathan's fulldome technology further and market it to a wider client base. See full press release below from Soluis .
 
NEWS RELEASE 06/05/2014
Soluis Acquires Pixogram
 

 

Cally Russell from Mallzee on Dragon's Den

Well done to one of our graduate Resident Entrepreneurs Cally Russell for a fantastic pitch on Dragon's Den on Sunday night (15/02/15). Peter Jones was the only dragon with enough foresight to make Cally an offer but at the cost of 20-15% of the business, after careful thought Cally held on to his business and rejected the offer.