2020/21 cohort

A new cohort of Scotland’s most ambitious entrepreneurs have been selected to join Unlocking Ambition – a 6-month business accelerator experience, having been chosen from all over Scotland and selected for the innovative quality of their ideas and entrepreneurial leadership, commitment to sustainable growth through investment, innovation and exporting.

During the Unlocking Ambition 2020-21 Programme, the participants will;

  • access a £25,000 Development Grant to invest into creating capacity, breaking into new markets, product development and job creation in 2021
  • work with our business support team and specialists on all aspects of their business growth plans
  • benefit from a series of world-class Masterclasses featuring an array of Scottish and International Founders as well as global giants such as Apple, Facebook and Netflix
  • gain an accredited module in entrepreneurial leadership from Babson College – the world’s number one entrepreneurship educator
  • connect to the GlobalScot network for market support, mentoring and networking
  • receive support from our Market Research unit to help them validate their international expansion plans
  • get help to embed resilience into their plans, people and operations
  • learn from their equally ambitious and innovative cohort peers

This significant investment in some of Scotland’s brightest and best Founders represents the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting green economic recovery as we work our way through the pandemic. Given the current lockdown all activity is being wholly delivered online, widening access right across the nation – from Mull to Inverness, Irvine to Galashiels and everywhere in between - allowing us to benefit more than 55 talented entrepreneurs at a time when the country, more than ever, needs to support scalable businesses and our future job creators.

Lisa McMyn

Lisa McMyn

1nhaler Ltd, Borders

Life Sciences: Medical device innovators selling worldwide their patented drug delivery platform for more sustainable medicine delivery use.

Stewart Arbuckle

Stewart Arbuckle

Agricarbon UK Ltd, Dundee

Agritech: Ground-breaking technology for measuring soil carbon stocks in agriculture and other landscapes at low cost and high accuracy.

Thomas Farrugia

Thomas Farrugia

Beta Bugs Ltd, Edinburgh

Agritech: Creates and sells high-performance insect genetics for the insect farming sector.

Andrew Smithsimmons

Andrew Smithsimmons

Braided Communications Ltd, Glasgow

Technology and engineering: Software that enables effective conversation in exploration-class space flight negating time delays in comms due to very large distances.

Ishani Malhotra

Ishani Malhotra

Carcinotech Ltd, Edinburgh

Life Sciences: Manufactures 3D bio-printed mimicked cancer environments for drug testing, discovery, pre-clinical trials and precision medicine testing

Saber Khayatzadeh

Saber Khayatzadeh

Crack Map Ltd, Glasgow

Digital: Aims to reduce the cost, time and risk associated with structural health monitoring while improving reliability of fractures assessment.

Alison Olivia Wood

Alison Olivia Wood

Dream Pads Ltd, Edinburgh

Textiles: Creators of Lilypads, comfortable affordable reusable period pads, with 10% of revenue used to subsidise pads internationally.

Gareth Claase

Gareth Claase

Gecko Glazing Ltd, Edinburgh

Technology and engineering: Innovative secondary glazing reducing heat loss of any window far more cheaply, quickly and easily than any existing product.

Steve Skill

Steve Skill

Greenskill Env. Tech. Ltd, Edinburgh

Biotech: Develops and deploys platform technology to exploit greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution.

Claudia Freigang

Claudia Freigang

Hearing Diagnostics Ltd, Edinburgh

Digital: Develops and commercialises novel hearing testing technology to make hearing tests as common, reliable, and accurate as eye testing.

Alexander Macdonald

Alexander Macdonald

HS Vision Ltd, Edinburgh

Technology and engineering: Patent-pending sports sunglasses using world-first lens technology which allows rear vision for commuters/competitive cyclists.

Alan White

Alan White

Interactive Health Ltd, Inverness

Digital: Develops and delivers person-centric digital health solutions, based on AI and Machine Learning to support occupational and mental health.

Jamie Bankhead

Jamie Bankhead

Konglomerate Games Ltd, Dundee

Creative: Video gaming developers specialising in developing healthcare support gaming, ie serious games.

Hamish Cathcart

Hamish Cathcart

GeddesLenz Ltd, Edinburgh

Technology and engineering: Patented product for railway operators that provides greater wheel-rail interface to remove the knock-on effects from poor weather.

Jamie Lindsay

Jamie Lindsay

Lind Ltd, Glasgow

Glasgow

Technology and engineering: Low carbon technology converting domestic wet central heating systems for energy storage via a novel flow battery system.

Francisco Carreno

Francisco Carreno

Loch Electronics Ltd, Edinburgh

Technology and engineering: Innovates, designs and brings to market consumer electronics focused on reducing global carbon footprint.

Eve Hanks

Eve Hanks

MI:RNA Ltd, Edinburgh

Technology and engineering: Offers innovative diagnostic testing solutions to the veterinary market.

Judith Simms

Judith Simms

Mygo4ward Ltd, Inverness

Life Sciences: Low cost, wearable technology to improve the mobility and the lives of spinal cord injured patients and those with neurological disabilities.

Alex McVey

Alex McVey

OGI Bio Ltd, Edinburgh

Biotech: Provides innovative solutions for growing and analysing bacteria, yeast and algae to help their customers innovate more efficiently.

Celia Davies

Celia Davies

Omanos Analytics Ltd, Glasgow

ADM: Processing space data to monitor environmental and social impacts, offering data analysis products for a range of global clients.

Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers

Pomelo Collective Ltd, Edinburgh

Technology and engineering: Powers circular economy/reuse systems for the 21st century, helping companies make data-driven and environmentally sound decisions.

Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley

Pyramid Wifi Ltd, Glasgow

Digital: Empowers anyone, regardless of technical ability, to protect their privacy online.

Anthony Magrath

Anthony Magrath

Reshape Technology Ltd, Edinburgh

Digital: A platform that enables organisations and individuals to work together to make better decisions, accelerating the path to net zero.

Fergus Moore

Fergus Moore

Revive Eco Ltd, Glasgow

Food and Drink: Extracting high value, natural chemicals from used coffee grounds for use in the cosmetics, food and drink, and textiles industries.

Pooja Katara

Pooja Katara

SENSEcity Ltd, Glasgow

Digital: Specialising in the development of software and augmented reality experiences using 3D for tourism sector enhancement.

Alicja Dzieciol

Alicja Dzieciol

SilviBio Ltd, Edinburgh

Agritech: Creating seed coatings to increase germination rates of tree and vegetable seeds in moisture deficit conditions.

Niall Fotheringham

Niall Fotheringham

Solexsys Ltd, Fife

Energy: Designs, manufactures and sells domestic energy controls and unique battery storage equipment using AI for reductions in carbon emissions.

Edward Mitchard

Edward Mitchard

Space Intelligence Ltd, Edinburgh

Digital: Sells essential services to businesses by developing nature-based solutions to climate change by applying AI to big data from space.

Robert Hall

Robert Hall

Studio Vans Ltd, Isle of Uist

Technology and engineering, Innovative: Installation systems converting standard vans to campervans for eco-friendly refits, using global artistic collaborations.

Sean Kerr

Sean Kerr

Sustainable Thinking Scotland CIC, Falkirk

Food and Drink: Tackling food poverty, reducing landfill use and to working with the community to bring about action on carbon-based climate change.

Kerry-Anne Quinn

Kerry-Anne Quinn

TCS-Eco Ltd, Ayrshire

Textiles: Manufacture premium quality bespoke reusable sanitary pads made 100% ethically in Scotland – saving the planet one period at a time.

James Iain Mann

James Iain Mann

The (Global) Future Forest Co. Ltd, Isle of Mull

Forest Industries: Profitable reforestation of land and co-deployment of carbon removal technology.

David Robertson

David Robertson

Thistle Rocketry Ltd, Galashiels

Space: Provides more cost-effective dedicated launches to space for cube satellites.

Christopher Helson

Christopher Helson

Tiny Air Ltd, Dumfries

Technology and engineering: Designs and produces technology for decontaminating surgical instruments.

Zakareya Elmo Hussein

Zakareya Elmo Hussein

Touchlab Ltd, Edinburgh

Technology and engineering: Uses cutting-edge electronic-skin tech to transfer the sense of touch to machines with applications for space and hazardous environments.

Javier Dominguez

Javier Dominguez

TWEFDA Ltd, Aberdeen

Energy: Renewable energy technology company, developing and commercialising wave and tidal energy and storage.

Dr Alireza Abbassi Monjezi

Dr Alireza Abbassi Monjezi

Waterwhelm Ltd, Edinburgh

Energy: Commercialising a process for low-carbon wastewater treatment, desalination and renewable energy generation.

Vasileios Vamvas

Vasileios Vamvas

Wenverter Ltd, Glasgow

Energy: Research and development in marine wave energy.

Aslihan Penley

Aslihan Penley

Zoex Power Ltd, Aberdeen

Technology and engineering: Helping Offshore Industries achieve net zero goals by clean electricity from ocean waves in a safe and cost-effective way.

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