Meet the Business of the Year Accelerator Cohort
This year a new category, Business of the Year, was introduced to our 2021 Bright Red Sparks entrepreneurial competition at Edinburgh Napier University. Top businesses from across the Edinburgh Napier community competed to secure a place on the Business of the Year intensive accelerator programme. Upon completion of the accelerator programme, each business will receive a £1,000 cash prize along with the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges for a share of £6,000 to boost their businesses.
The accelerator is run online by our experienced Business Advisers, Victoria Bradley and Pete McLean, and is divided into three 3-day sprints run over a seven week period. The programme has been designed to support our participants to further develop and grow their businesses.
The first sprint ran last week from Wednesday to Friday (26 – 28 May 2021), and we were delighted to see so many enthusiastic and ambitious entrepreneurs ready to take their businesses to the next level. Without further ado, we are delighted to introduce you to the businesses that make up our 2021 Bright Red Sparks Business of the Year Accelerator cohort.
Bioflat is an e-commerce app designed for sustainable shopping. The purpose of the company is to create value for the community with a greener, faster and smarter approach to online shopping. Though eco-friendly products are available, there are still customer pains in searching for the right product online and this leads to extensive difficulty to detect if a product is sustainable or simply green-washed. Bioflat’s solution is to provide an app with a variety of eco-friendly items and simplify the long online process of finding sustainable alternative products.
Dr. Abdelfateh Kerrouche: Autonomous Underwater Robot for monitoring in Aquaculture
The aim of this business is to propose an Autonomous Robot to be used for underwater survey missions in aquaculture such as mapping and collecting data related to water and fish. The robot will do inspection tasks which are very expensive with the current conventional methods. The novelty of this idea is to introduce a prototype system for sample collection and pathogen detection. This solution could change monitoring strategies for toxic molecules in water and diseases related to pathogens by providing on-site analysis capability, without the need for subjective microscopy for identification, subsequently reducing costs and processing time significantly.
ISCANET was born out of the desire to create a platform where international students in the UK can find jobs, easily network, and develop their career in the United Kingdom. ISCANET’s mission is to contribute to the economy, reduce the rate of unemployment by making recruitment hassle-free for talented international students, reducing hiring time and hiring costs for employers. With their tech and data-driven approach, ISCANET offers career guidance, visa advice, recruitment, and consultation services.
Kal Kosmetics is a non-toxic, eco-conscious and accessible cosmetic brand, based in Scotland. The business is launching in 2022 with their non-toxic, quick drying and hard-wearing nail varnish, suitable for those with breathing difficulties and pregnant women. Their mission is to empower through their products, meaning you never have to choose between your health and self-expression. Kal Kosmetics will bring together communities through the power of inclusive beauty. Made by Kiana Kalantar-Hormozi: artist, filmmaker, activist and nominated as one of the 30under30 most inspirational women in Scotland 2017.
matchMe! is a B2B SaaS product that matches people to improve the atmosphere at sports events and bring more people into the stadiums. The founders of matchMe! met during an international startup competition in Munich, Germany. They share the common belief that no one should miss out on any event, just because they do not have anyone accompanying them. Everyone knows how difficult and awkward it can be to connect with groups of people when you do not know anyone. The matchMe! vision is that you can go to sports events alone, but leave with friends.
Moment One is a digital behavioural health platform that combines digital therapy and artificial intelligence to help users build resilience and self-awareness. Integrated person-centred therapy is at the core of their vision as they believe everyone deserves the opportunity to be more resilient and self-aware. They are working with leading organisations across Europe to leverage modern technology and to create this highly secure wellbeing solution.
Over the past year, Ogle Skate has been looking to create both a sustainable and creative community in Edinburgh for their patrons and collaborators. Their values lie in developing and supporting creative talent for anyone who gets involved. They offer a diverse range of designs fitting almost any style of skater. With sustainability at the core of their tenets, they proudly ensure that all of their products are sourced, crafted, and sold for the wellbeing of our planet. Ogle the Ogle journey and get involved, all are welcome! The team hopes to see you all skating Ogle boards.
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 Ozone’s sustainable apparel, people can look good whilst saving the planet!
Tasteback is an online marketplace for people to buy and sell food and drinks. They are pioneering a new way to bring food to the table straight from the people who grow it, raise it and make it. Ingredients you can feel good about in fully recyclable packaging delivered all at once in a flexible and convenient way.
Top Trend Blend Coffee or TTB Coffee
Top Trend Blend Coffee, ‘TTB Coffee’ for short, is a young family business that has a shared passion for coffee, hospitality and fantastic customer service. The team consists of siblings Jason and Louise Shields, and Kat Kuritcina. They have started this business as an answer to lockdown restrictions but primarily to those who simply don’t have the option or time to wait for decent coffee. TLDR: We bring fresh coffee, brewed on-site, to the people.
For You & Your Beloved (FY&YB)
FY&BY will be a one stop shop for you and your dog’s needs. The business will be launching in mid 2022 and will comprise of a restaurant as well as a pool for dogs and their owners. This will be complimented by excellent pet care, grooming, training facilities and a recreational environment with safe food preparation practices. The long term goal is to explore pet friendly hotels and resorts, collaborating with pet travel agencies.
Congratulations to our successful Bright Red Sparks Business of the Year Accelerator participants. We look forward to working with you all and are excited to see what the future holds for all of your businesses.
For those that applied who were unsuccessful this time around, know that we are still here to support you on your entrepreneurial journeys. We want you to succeed!
If you are an Edinburgh Napier student, alumni, or staff member with a growing business or a business idea, find out how we can help you here.