Bright Red Sparks is our celebration of enterprise practice across the Edinburgh Napier community, and we are delighted to formally announce the winners of this year’s competition.
With over £20,000 in prize money and strong competition across the board, winning a Bright Red Sparks category is no small feat.
Before this year’s winners are announced, we want to acknowledge the incredible talent, creativity, determination, and hard work that all applicants demonstrated. We look forward to supporting you all on your entrepreneurial journeys and are excited for what the future holds for each of you.
And the winner’s of Bright Red Sparks 2021 are…
Bright Ideas: Katarzyna Pohorecka, Mude
Kat Pohorecka is a Junior Product Designer and recent graduate from Edinburgh Napier University. She is passionate about fighting gender inequalities through social impact design, which translates in her textile healthcare products.
Mude is a brand of underwear for insulin pump users. It is a collection of six nude-coloured bodysuits that allow women affected by type 1 diabetes to wear an insulin pump with any type of clothing. The research showed that female type 1 diabetes patients regularly have issues wearing certain types of clothes while using an insulin pump as they often lack suitable pockets and sturdy waistbands. Mude aims to empower women with type 1 diabetes and tackle gender bias in insulin pump design.
Business for Good: Viana Maya, pRESPECT
Viana Maya is a Diversity and Inclusion consultant, a UX designer, Social Project Creator and the great inventor of the banoffee pie cake. In 2020 Viana won a Bright Red Triangle Active Citizen award and is a columnist at Holyrood Magazine as part of Pass the Mic.
pRESPECT’s mission is to empower, enable and elevate ethnic minorities and other marginalised talented people to gain sustainable careers. The company achieves this through tailored and personalised career coaching workshops, training, courses and 1-2-1 support. Their Hub is now open and ready to start face to face training, so if you are curious you can pay them a visit!
Freelancer of the Year: Adam Al-Khateb, AAL Property Solutions
Adam is a lifelong Edinburgh resident and a graduate from Edinburgh Napier University. He studied Energy & Environmental Engineering, graduating with a BEng (Hons) in 2017. Adam subsequently studied an MSc in Real Estate Management & Investment. His core value is sustainability, which is reflected in every area of his life and business.
ABOUT AAL PROPERTY SOLUTIONS
AAL Property Solutions was established in September 2020. Its mission is to drive energy efficiency in the private rented housing sector, as well as to support customers throughout the lettings process. The business prides itself on its 100% customer satisfaction rate and its sustainability ethos – using electric vehicles, solar power and offsetting its carbon emissions.
Enterprising Educators: Maggie Anderson
Maggie Anderson has been a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University for over 20 years. She is the key driving force in developing and delivering the University Short Courses programme, as well as additional military contracts across the business school. Her passion lies in including ‘non traditional’ students, such as Ministry of Defense and enterprise students joining the university via different pathways
Business of the Year
This category saw eleven start-ups participate in an intensive accelerator programme that guided them to test their assumptions, build upon their ideas, and ultimately grow their businesses. Upon completion of this programme, all participants were awarded £1,000 of funding from Santander Universities. Participants also had the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges at the end of the programme for a further share of £7,000 to support the growth of their businesses. The judging panel consisted of Lindsey McArthur from Santander Universities and Dr Rosemary Allford, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Edinburgh Napier University.
Business of the Year: Joint 3rd Place
At the judges discretion, two businesses who pitched were awarded third prize of an additional £1,000 each towards their businesses. These entrepreneurs were: Kat & Jason from Top Trend Blend Coffee & Dr Abdelfateh Kerrouche with his innovative autonomous underwater robot for monitoring in aquaculture.
Kat Kuritcina & Jason Shields, Top Trend Blend Coffee
Top Trend Blend Coffee, or TTB for short, is a young family business founded by siblings Jason and Lousie Shields, together with Kat Kuritcina. The team have a shared passion for coffee, hospitality and fantastic customer service. TTB was created as an answer to lockdown restrictions, but primarily to serve those who simply don’t have the option or time to wait for decent coffee.
The business is modern, progressive, their products affordable – and most importantly – they provide a mobile coffee option.
Dr Abdelfateh Kerrouche, Autonomous Underwater Robot for monitoring in aquaculture
The aim of this business is to propose an Autonomous robot which will be used for underwater missions in aquaculture. The robot will map and collect data related to water and fish, as well as provide a cost effective method of carrying out inspection taste. The novelty of this idea is to introduce a prototype system on board used for sample collection and pathogen detection. This solution could change monitoring strategies for toxic molecules in water as well as diseases related to pathogens. By providing on-site analysis capability and without the need for subjective microscopy, the robot proposed by Fateh and his team has the potential to significantly reduce costs and save time.
2nd Place: Business of the Year
Second place in the Business of the Year category receiving £2,000 goes to Matthew Porter, founder of Ogle Skate.
Matthew Porter, Ogle Skate
Over the past year Ogle Skate have been looking to create a sustainable and engaging creative community in Edinburgh. Their values lie in developing and supporting creative talent for anyone who gets involved.
Ogle offers a diverse range of designs fitting almost any style of skater. Their products are sources, crafter and sold with the wellbeing of our planet taking centre stage.
1st Place: Business of the Year
First place in the Business of the Year category receiving £3,000 goes to James Bruce, founder of Ozone.
James Bruce, Ozone
Ozone is changing the clothing industry by being sustainable throughout its entire business process – from the initial resources to its final products. This includes the sustainable sourcing of materials, carbon offsetting, fully compostable and recyclable packaging that can be used as your food bin, an ethically accredited supply chain, and the little details, such as FSC approved shipping labels that are thermally printed, water-based inks, and using Bulb as its renewable energy supplier. By buying its sustainable apparel, people can look good whilst saving the planet!
Congratulations to all of our Bright Red Sparks 2021 winners. We look forward to continuing to work with you and witness the future growth of your businesses.