Bright Red Sparks 2020 Finalists

March 30, 2020

Bright Red Sparks is our celebration of innovation and enterprise across the Edinburgh Napier University community. Each year, we celebrate by hosting a competition open to all Edinburgh Napier students, staff, and alumni, with six categories to enter, and cash and in-kind prizes to be won.  

We normally also celebrate with an elaborate and exciting awards ceremony where the winners are revealed in style. Unfortunately, this is no normal year, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s awards ceremony at The Balmoral Hotel. Although we are disappointed not to be able to celebrate with everyone in person, we still plan to announce our Bright Red Sparks 2020 winners to plan. The announcement will now be made online via a Facebook Live event at 7pm on Tuesday, 14 April. Follow our Facebook page here for live updates and to tune in for the exciting winner announcements on the night. 

We are now more excited than ever to announce our finalists for Bright Red Sparks 2020! 


Without further ado, here they are: 

Bright Ideas 

(£2,000 prize + in-kind support from Morton Ward) 

The Bright Ideas category is for early-stage business ideas, or businesses that have been trading for less than one year. We are delighted to announce that our finalists for the Bright Ideas category are: 

James Marshall


Linda Freimane 

Ross McFarland


Going for Growth

(£2,000 prize + in-kind support from Shepherd and Wedderburn and Morton Ward) 

The Going for Growth category is for businesses that have been trading for more than one year and have ambitious plans for growth. Our finalists for the Going for Growth category are: 

Alex Porter-Smith & Eathan Currie

High Tide Media 

Lauren Nickodemus & Ellen Desmond
Monstrous Regiment Publishing 
Maggie Mazoleka

Business for Good 

(£2,000 prize) 

The Business for Good category is for business with a social or environmental purpose at its core. This category is also only for pre-start or early stage enterprises. We are delighted to announce that this year’s Business for Good finalists are: 

James Marshall
Kirsty McKain & Rebecca Subido
Fine Piece 
Wai Fong Lam

 Enterprising Educators 

(£2,000 prize) 

Our Enterprising Educators category is for Edinburgh Napier staff who get our students involved in enterprise activities. We are extremely excited to announce our finalists for this year’s Enterprising Educators category are: 

Dr. King Omehie 
Dr. Chris Cramphorn
Dr. Rosemary Alford
Ruth Cochrane 
Prof Robert Hairstans
representing the Built Environment Exchange (beX)

Active Citizens

(£1,000 prize) 

This category is for individuals or teams who have developed, delivered, or planned a community project with a social or environmental focus. This year, we are delighted to announce that the finalists for the Active Citizens category are: 

Brogan Henderson, Hannah Stevens,
Sam Calder
The Bloody Big Project
Rory Cotter & Morgan Tamplin
Towns of Today 
Viana Maya & Karsten Huttenhain

Freelancer of the Year

(£1,000 prize + in-kind support from Graphic Designer Pro) 

Our final category for this year’s Bright Red Sparks is Freelancer of the Year. This category is for freelancers who are consistently striving to develop themselves and their freelancing career. We are delighted to announce that our finalists for the Freelancer of the Year category are: 

Loic Baumea
Website & UX Design 
Charles Seed

Charles Seed Media
John Matheson

Bright Edge Media

The 19 shortlisted enterprises across six categories will be assessed for everything from the viability of their ideas and clarity of planning to thoroughness of research and potential for growth. 

Nick Fannin, Head of Enterprise at Edinburgh Napier University, said:

The Bright Red Sparks Awards are a salute to all the enterprising students, staff and alumni from Edinburgh Napier University. We are in awe of the creativity, determination and energy of all of our University community to solve problems, to capture opportunities and to build businesses with purpose. 

  “Due to the current lockdown we have taken the decision to cancel the awards ceremony but we wanted to announce the shortlist in line with our original timeline as ultimately we want to be able to award the prize money at a time when businesses and self-employed people really need it. 

“It’s great to be able to reward hard work and we couldn’t have done it without the amazing support from our generous supporters and sponsors, Shepherd and Wedderburn, Morton Ward, Graphic Designer Pro, Santander Universities and the Moffat Charitable Trust. 

“The package of support that our sponsors have offered will help our winners at a time when they really need it. We expect great things from all of those shortlisted so watch out for their names in the future.” 

Bright Red Triangle