Businesses to Watch: Introducing the BRT 2020 Summer Accelerator Cohort

July 8, 2020

With only a couple of days remaining until we wrap up our Summer Accelerator for 2020, we wanted to introduce you to the entrepreneurs that have been participating in this year’s programme. 

Over the course of four weeks, our team of experienced Business Advisers have been delivering practical online workshops to support these ambitious entrepreneurs to accelerate their ideas and reach their business goals. The programme has also included a suite of helpful business start-up resources, one-to-one coaching, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, networking opportunities, and advice from experienced professionals and entrepreneurs within the entrepreneurial eco-system in Edinburgh and beyond. 

This Friday, 10 July 2020, participants will be pitching for a share of £6,000 provided by Santander Universitieswhich will support them in accelerating their businesses. We’re delighted to be welcoming our guest judges Lindsey McArthur, University Relationship Manager at Santander UK, and Bruce Walker, CEO of FutureX, who will be deliberating and deciding on how much funding each of these entrepreneurs will receive to support the growth of their businesses. 

Without further ado, here are the talented entrepreneurs that make up our BRT 2020 Summer Accelerator cohort. 

Sophie Badoux

communication by sophie

Sophie helps SMEs supercharge their marketing to get more customers and increase their profits through offering copywriting, content creation, social media management, and strategy services. 

Euan Bodie, Lewis Holman, and Hannah Thomson

Shoe Fix Edinburgh

Shoe Fix is a premium shoe cleaning and repair company. They offer free collection and delivery in Edinburgh, and due to demand, have expanded their service to Livingston, Falkirk, and Stirling. 

Barnabas Cox


Open Factory is an Edinburgh-based 3D printing and design consultancy workshop that provides an alternative manufacturing solution within the local area. 

Mical Della Vecchia


DeAir aims to bring aromatherapy to create a more pleasant and healthier driving experience. Their products include a mini reed diffuser that works by hanging it from the car rear-view mirror, like an ordinary car air freshener, but with added benefits. 

Cecilia Fisher

Cecilia Fisher Photography

Cecilia offers newborn, children, and family lifestyle photography services in and around Edinburgh. Photoshoots are tailored to customers’ needs, and Cecilia’s relaxed photography style ensures that the photographs produced portray the authenticity of everyday life, creating memories to be treasured for a lifetime.

Donald Inglis

Braw Surf

Braw Surf is a community focused brand representing the unique drive behind cold-water surfing in Scotland. The company sells products to suit the harsh yet adventurous lifestyle of surfers who embrace the unforgiving North Sea, with their flagship product being an organic surf wax. 

Viana Maya


pRESPECT offers career coaching for marginalised people who are seeking support with personal development and career access to sustainable jobs. This includes a suite of services from digital skills training, one-to-one coaching, group sessions, and business start-up support. 

India Morrow

India is developing an app for high school students which uses artificial intelligence to serve users with personalised content to address their knowledge gaps, boost their confidence, and support learners to achieve the best possible grades in their exams. 

Kirsty McKain and Rebecca Subido

Fine Piece

Founded by two Scottish designer-makers, Fine Piece offers lasting, high-quality pieces of furniture and homewares made from reclaimed or recycled materials.  

Hristos Pasiamis


Eterno aims to help people minimise energy waste and lower their bills by offering a free energy audit, as well as energy efficient designer windows and doors. 

Alex Porter-Smith & Eathan CurrieHristos Pasiamis

High Tide

High Tide is a production company that creates high-end online video content for company campaigns. Their mission is to enable brands to engage meaningfully with audiences through creative content. 

Aaron Reid


LIFESTYLE offers Slimming World members the ultimate HIIT training platform to help them reach their weight-loss goals. 

David Rodriguez De La Cruz


Algae Limited aims to significantly reduce plastic pollution by developing a sustainable material for 3D printing and injection moulding for packaging and other structural applications.

Charles Seed

Charles Seed Media

Charles is an Edinburgh-based photographer offering businesses and individuals a tailored, professional and timely photography service.  

Fangxue Wang

Rocket Global Marketing

Rocket Global Marketing helps SMEs enter overseas markets, particularly in China. Their services include high-quality translation, marketing, and business cooperation.  

Our team at Bright Red Triangle is looking forward to continuing to support these talented entrepreneurs in growing their businesses beyond our 2020 Summer Accelerator.


Remember, if you’re an Edinburgh Napier student, alumni, or staff member with a business idea, find out how we can help you here

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