The Bright Red Sparks 2021 final judging round is upon us, and we are delighted to announce the enterprising Edinburgh Napier students, alumni and staff who made this year’s shortlist.
With over £20,000 in prize money to be won, making it to the Bright Red Sparks final is no small feat.
With the major prize category and business accelerator programme, Bright Red Sparks Business of the Year, already well underway, we are delighted to announce the shortlist for the remaining four competition categories: Bright Ideas, Business for Good, Freelancer of the Year, and Enterprising Educators.
Bright Ideas 2021 Finalists
Bright Ideas celebrates new, innovative, and early-stage business ideas from Edinburgh Napier students, alumni, and staff. The chosen winner of this category will receive a £1,000 cash prize to support the growth of their startup.
Edinburgh Napier film graduate, Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi, aims to revolutionise the cosmetic industry with her non-toxic, accessible and eco-conscious Nail Paint launching in Spring 2022. Beauty-lovers will never have to choose between their ethics, health and cosmetic products again. Find out more by following KAL Nail Paint on Facebook & Instagram.
Product Design student, Kat Phorecka, has created Mude – a brand of underwear for insulin pump users. The collection of six nude-coloured bodysuits allow women affected by type 1 diabetes to wear an insulin pump with any type of clothing. Mude aims to empower women with type 1 diabetes and tackle gender bias in insulin pump design.
Wellness for You
Edinburgh Napier graduate, Michelle Davidson, has created ‘Wellness for You’, an online platform which aims to raise awareness for people living with body focused repetitive behaviours. This online haven aims to enhance health and wellbeing by providing sustainable and eco-conscious products that help individuals relax, whilst also offering a wealth of information and support.
Business for Good 2021 Finalists
The Bright Red Sparks Business for Good category recognises businesses that have an environmental or social purpose at their core and aspire to make the world a better place.
Edinburgh Napier MBA student, Matthew Akinpelu, is the founder of ISCANET – an online career hub for international students and alumni looking to build their careers and connect with employers in the UK. ISCANET uses technology that aggregates the right kind of jobs for international students in one place, saving them time whilst providing them with tailored support.
School of Computing graduate, Viana Maya, is the founder of pRESPECT – a social enterprise empowering minority ethic and other marginalised people through tailored personal and professional development, so they may gain sustainable and progressive employment. pRESPECT is part of the Social Innovation Partnership with other organisations working with the Scottish government to eradicate child poverty in Scotland.
Edinburgh Napier Business School student, James Bruce, is the founder of Ozone – an affordable sustainable clothing company that provides high-quality items that are made to last. Ozone is changing the clothing industry by being sustainable throughout its entire business process – from the initial resources to its final products. By buying Ozone’s colourful, sustainable apparel, people can look good whilst saving the planet.
Freelancer of the Year 2021 Finalists
Freelancer of the Year celebrates individuals who either have a side-hustle or are self-employed full-time. These enterprising Edinburgh Napier students, alumni, and staff are all working hard to make their ambitious freelance dreams come true.
AAL Property Solutions
Edinburgh Napier School of Engineering graduate, Adam Al-Khateb, founded his freelance business AAL Property Solutions in September 2020 during the pandemic. Its mission is to drive energy efficiency in the private rented housing sector and support customers throughout the lettings process. With a 100% customer satisfaction rate and its sustainability ethos, AAL Property Solutions aims to make a difference and positivity impact society and the environment.
Katrina Swanton is an Edinburgh Napier staff member who started her side-hustle, Swanton Sketches, in September 2021. Katrina’s freelance business offers the service of drawing events and reports for her clients who are looking for eye-catching visual summaries, to disseminate headline messages and entice people to find out more. As events are recorded, Katrina has had greater ability to fit this freelance work around her day-job in a way that would not have been possible prior to Covid.
Dr Shelly-Ann Brown
Economic Lead Global
Dr Shelly-Ann Brown is a PhD graduate from Edinburgh Napier University and founder of Economic Lead Global. Economic Lead Global offers a distinct blend of PhD expertise and industry experience in business and market research analysis to corporations, SMEs, government, and academics. No matter the challenge, Dr Shelly-Ann delivers practical results founded on industry knowledge and research, equipping my clients to make informed decisions, grow, and lead.
Enterprising Educators 2021 Finalists
This Bright Red Sparks category celebrates our amazing Edinburgh Napier staff who put ‘Enterprise’ into ‘Education’. Our finalists from this category have highlighted their programmes that get our students involved in enterprise activities to further develop and support their entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.
Dr Renata Osowska
The Online BA Business and Enterprise Programme is a ground-breaking novel way to achieve an enterprise degree by developing the entrepreneurial mindset of ambitious individuals in over 30 countries who are dispersed globally. Renata Osowska is part of an eclectic, prize winning team of entrepreneurship and enterprise educators who have excelled in both teaching and the research arena.
The University Short course programme is an innovative suite of modules, designed to introduce entrepreneurship and innovation to the leaders of the Ministry of Defence from across the UK, using a variety of learning and teaching approaches. Maggie Anderson has worked at Edinburgh Napier University for over 20 years. She is a key driving force in developing and delivering the University Short course programme as well as additional Military contracts in the Business School.
Congratulations to all of our finalists and entrants to this year’s Bright Red Sparks awards. We look forward to announcing the winners and wish you all the very best.
Don’t forget, no matter the outcome, we are here to support you all at Bright Red Triangle.