Meet the UA Community

To date, the Unlocking Ambition programme has invested in 79 companies and over 100 ambitious founders. Find out more about the UA community below.

Meet our newest additions to UA

Meet the UA Community

Lisa McMyn

Lisa McMyn

1nhaler, Borders

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

Kerry Campbell

Kerry Campbell

8 Doors Distillery, Highlands

Food & Drink: An eco-friendly craft micro-distillery and visitor centre, based in John O’Groats producing premium Highland Single Malt Whisky.

Elijah Nazarzadeh

Elijah Nazarzadeh

AcuFlow, Glasgow

MedTech: Developing the next generation of nebulisers, enabling delivery of life-changing treatments.

Stewart Arbuckle

Stewart Arbuckle

Agricarbon UK, Dundee

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

Ekaterina Matveeva

Ekaterina Matveeva

Amolingua, Edinburgh

Digital: Developing language, cultural and soft skills training programmes for professionals.

Sheryl Newman

Sheryl Newman

Appetite for Business, Aberdeenshire

Digital: A people-first digital consultancy helping people and organisations to get the most out of Microsoft 365.

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

Assist Social Capital, Edinburgh

Digital: Working with individuals and communites to potimise the use of 'social capital' as a critical resource.

Iain Findlay & Isabella Guerrini de Claire

Iain Findlay & Isabella Guerrini de Claire

Aurora Sustainability, Highlands

Food & Drink: Aurora designs circular economy and bio-economy appraches for environmental restoration, improving food security.

Diane Drummond

Diane Drummond

B-DACS, Glasgow

Engineering: B-DACS specialise in the installation, repair, servicing and maintaining of air conditioning and ventilation systems.

Mark Sorsa-Leslie

Mark Sorsa-Leslie

Beringar, Edinburgh

Digital: Generating accurate data on occupancy and environmental quality in commercial premises to inform decision-making.

Paul Byrne

Paul Byrne

Beringar, Edinburgh

Digital: Generating accurate data on occupancy and environmental quality in commercial premises to inform decision-making.

Joan Johnston

Joan Johnston

Bespoke Fabrics, Highlands

Manufacturing: Sustainable and luxurious textiles creating premium cashmere and wool by-products.

Thomas Farrugia

Thomas Farrugia

Beta Bugs, Midlothian

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

Rowan Armstrong

Rowan Armstrong

Bioliberty, Dundee

MedTech: Aiming to empower every human to live a longer independent life by providing assistive robotics and rehabilitative technologies.

Shea Quinn

Shea Quinn

Bioliberty, Dundee

MedTech: Aiming to empower every human to live a longer independent life by providing assistive robotics and rehabilitative technologies.

Andrew Smithsimmons

Andrew Smithsimmons

Braided Communications, Glasgow

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

Alan Mahon

Alan Mahon

Brewgooder, Glasgow

Food & Drink: Award-winning, sustaibale beer manufacturer with a mission to use profits to bring clean drinking water to 1,000,000 people globally.

Ishani Malhotra

Ishani Malhotra

Carcinotech, Midlothian

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

Dr Stephanie Terrani-Brown

Dr Stephanie Terrani-Brown

Clean Water Wave, Edinburgh

Engineering: A social enterprise dedicated to generating innovative water cleaning technologies.

Calum Haggerty

Calum Haggerty

Coco Chocolatier, Edinburgh

Food & Drink: A local chocolatier business which has become a global artisan brand.

Pooja Jain

Pooja Jain

CogniHealth, Edinburgh

Digital: A digital companion for people with demntia and their carers.

Saber Khayatzadeh

Saber Khayatzadeh

Crack Map, Glasgow

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

Dr Gordon Drummond

Dr Gordon Drummond

Craigmyle Estates Ltd, Aberdeenshire

Tourism: Eco tourism destination in the Cairngorm forest, completely off-grid and carbon neutral

Artem Lukianov

Artem Lukianov

Crover, Edinburgh

AgriTech: Helping grain storage operators maintain the quality of their stock by providing the first autonomous grain storage management system.

Dr Lorenzo Conti

Dr Lorenzo Conti

Crover, Edinburgh

AgriTech: Helping grain storage operators maintain the quality of their stock by providing the first autonomous grain storage management system.

Paul Blackler & Isatou Njai

Paul Blackler & Isatou Njai

Drink Baotic, Glasgow

Food & Drink: Baotic is a dairy-free, gluten free, vegan and high fibre pre-biotic drink range made from African superfruits.

Dr Gen Patenaude

Dr Gen Patenaude

Earth Blox, Edinburgh

Data/AI: “LEGO” for Earth observation (EO) analytics - an SaaS tool that empowers anyone to DIY their own EO solution without the need to code.

Dr Jo Watts & Sam Rhynas

Dr Jo Watts & Sam Rhynas

Effini, Edinburgh

Data/AI: Simple digital solutions to allow organisations to use their data to make better decisions, support their strategy and drive growth

Alison Wood

Alison Wood

FloCo (Dreampads), Edinburgh

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

Lauren Leask

Lauren Leask

Fodilicious, West Lothian

Food & Drink: The UK’s first low FODMAP, free-from health foods helping those suffering from IBS and food intolerances to live a better quality of life

Gareth Claase

Gareth Claase

Gecko Glazing, Edinburgh

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

Lorna Paul

Lorna Paul

Giraffe Healthcare, Glasgow

MedTech: A platform for the delivery, and remote monitoring of personalised podiatry and physiotherapy programmes.

Steve Skill

Steve Skill

Greenskill Environmental, Edinburgh

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

Claudia Freigang

Claudia Freigang

Hearing Diagnostics, Edinburgh

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

Celia Hodson

Celia Hodson

Hey Girls CIC, East Lothian

Manufacturing: Environmentally friendly buy-one, give-one social entrerprise tackling period poverty.

Danny Campbell

Danny Campbell

HOKO Design, Glasgow

Construction: A turnkey home remodelling service for homeowners promoting sustainable construction.

Alexander Macdonald

Alexander Macdonald

HS Vision, Edinburgh

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

Jacqueline Black

Jacqueline Black

Ice & Fire Distillery, Highlands

Food & Drink: Distillers of artisan gin and rum looking to create a zero carbon distillery on site.

Scott Simpson

Scott Simpson

IndiNature, Edinburgh / Borders

Construction: A circular-based construction insulation business manufacturing from natural, susatinable resources.

Ross McLeod

Ross McLeod

Intebloc, Aberdeen

Construction: Intelligent crane and lifting technology seamlessly connecting people. Equipment and data.

Alan White

Alan White

Interactive Health, Highlands

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

Sonja Mitchell

Sonja Mitchell

Jump Ship Brewing, Edinburgh

Food & Drink: Award-winning manufacture and sale of a range of alcohol-free beers.

Kenny Arthur

Kenny Arthur

Kaliaaer, Glasgow

Manufacturing: Kaliaaer design, develop and bring to market performance-enhancing goalkeeper products.

Jamie Bankhead

Jamie Bankhead

Konglomerate Games, Dundee

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

Hamish Cathcart Geddes

Hamish Cathcart Geddes

Lenz, Edinburgh

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

Barry Leaper

Barry Leaper

Libereat, Aberdeen

Digital: An app which helps those with food allergies, intolerances, vegans or vegetarians navigate options from shops and restaurants.

Jamie Lindsay

Jamie Lindsay

LIND, Perth and Kinross

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

Ian Arbuckle

Ian Arbuckle

LINIAN Supply Company, Glasgow

Construction: LINIAN have desgined and patented the fastest, safest and simplest fire-rated cable clip on the market.

Lynne Jhangeer

Lynne Jhangeer

LINIAN Supply Company, Glasgow

Construction: LINIAN have desgined and patented the fastest, safest and simplest fire-rated cable clip on the market.

Francisco Carreno

Francisco Carreno

Loch Electronics, Edinburgh

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

Eve Hanks

Eve Hanks

MI:RNA, Edinburgh

VetTech: Offers innovative diagnostic testing solutions to the veterinary market.

Douglas Martin

Douglas Martin

MiAlgae, Edinburgh

AgriTech: A circular economy business utilising distillery co-products as a means to offset the costs associated with producing omega-3 oil rich microalgae.

Tynah Matembe

Tynah Matembe

MoneyMatiX, West Lothian

Digital S: Helping minority communities lower the poverty premium with cash back rewards on tailored financial education and fairer products.

Dr Deborah Wake

Dr Deborah Wake

My Way Digital Health, Edinburgh

MedTech: A Dundee University spin-out marketing an online platform to help diabetes patients understand and manage their condition.

Dave Powney

Dave Powney

Mygo4ward, Highlands

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

Judith Simms

Judith Simms

Mygo4ward, Highlands

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

Jonny Ingledew

Jonny Ingledew

North Uist Distillery, Highlands

Food & Drink: Distillery and visitor centre on the island of North Uist.

Claudio Marturano

Claudio Marturano

Nubis, Edinburgh

Digital: Bespoke Individual user syllabus programs can be customised and adapted to organisational need

Darren Nicol

Darren Nicol

Nudge, Glasgow

Digital: An online talent platform for energy sector professionals, from recruitment to coaching we support individuals throughout their careers.

Ally Mitchell

Ally Mitchell

Ocean Plastic Pots, East Renfrewshire

Manufacturing: Manufacture and sale of award-winning plant pots from waste fishing gear (rope, net and fish boxes) supporting circular economy.

Alex McVey

Alex McVey

OgiBio, 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, Glasgow

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

Lee Fitzpatrick

Lee Fitzpatrick

Outlaw Creative, Midlothian

Digital: Creating with purpose, for brands with purpose

Steve Regis

Steve Regis

Palaemon Maritime, Edinburgh

Marine: Creating and innovating marine defense equipment to protect personnel and goods at sea.

Scott Dickson

Scott Dickson

Phox Water Ltd, Glasgow

Engineering: The Phox water filter adds electrolytes to enhance hydration effectiveness. A sustainable, healthy and wellbeing-based business.

Scott Weir

Scott Weir

Pillow Property Partners Ltd, Ayrshire

Tourism: An online travel agent and property management company matching holiday home owners with quality guests from around the world.

Tadas Labudis

Tadas Labudis

ProdSight, Edinburgh

Digital: SaaS business customer insight intelligence platform to help companies make informed decisions based on customer feedback.

Lisa Thomson

Lisa Thomson

Purpose (HR & Coaching) Ltd, Edinburgh

Digital: Provider of commercial, pragmatic HR advice and practical support to SMEs.

Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley

Pyramid Wifi, Glasgow

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

Andrew Vincent

Andrew Vincent

QuickBlock, Glasgow

Construction: Flat-packed, 100% recycled plastic, lightweight, modular building system for efficient and sustainable methods and materials.

Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers

Reath, Edinburgh

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

Anthony Magrath

Anthony Magrath

Reshape Techology, Edinburgh

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

Denny Schenk

Denny Schenk

Retroblind, Edinburgh

Manufacturing: Retroblind Ltd. designs, manufactures and sells innovative and environmentally conscious window blinds

Fergus Moore

Fergus Moore

Revive Eco, Glasgow

Food & 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, Glasgow

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

Craig Mackay

Craig Mackay

Sharktower AI, Edinburgh

Data/AI: SaaS (software as a service) for collaborating on and managing project delivery, underpinned by predictive analytics and realtime reporting.

John Robertson

John Robertson

Shoply, Edinburgh

Food & Drink: Shoply began as Drinkly; delivering beers, wines and spirits to homes and has expanded distribution to include locally sourced groceries.

Alicja Dzieciol

Alicja Dzieciol

SilviBio, Midlothian

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

John Ferguson

John Ferguson

SisalTech, East Lothian

Manufacturing: We design and supply sustainable insulation products.

Alison Gray

Alison Gray

Skillfluence, Glasgow

EdTech: Digital Training in commercialisation and innovation for scientists and university researchers

Dr Faisal Ghani

Dr Faisal Ghani

Solariskit, Dundee

Energy: The world’s first flat-packable solar thermal collector to help decarbonise heating for both developing and industrialised countries.

Niall Fotheringham

Niall Fotheringham

Solexsys, Fife

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

Stuart Speake

Stuart Speake

Soltropy, Glasgow

Energy: Patented, unique modular solar thermal heating system to help decarbonise space and water heating.

Edward Mitchard

Edward Mitchard

Space Intelligence, Edinburgh

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

Stephen Roe

Stephen Roe

StagePort, Glasgow

Construction: Working with live event producers to digitise locations, including laser scanning, CAD modelling and virtual tours.

Robert Hall

Robert Hall

Studio Vans, Highlands

Tourism: Installation systems converting standard vans to campervans for eco-friendly refits, using global artistic collaborations.

Sean Kerr

Sean Kerr

Sustainable Thinking, Falkirk

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

Loral Quinn

Loral Quinn

Sustainably, Edinburgh

FinTech: Sustainably has created a new way of living and giving that makes doing good hassle free and simple for people shopping online.

Jo Halliday

Jo Halliday

Talking Medicines, Glasgow

MedTech: Helping medical and pharamceutical industries understand how patients take their medicines in the real world.

Alix Muir

Alix Muir

TCS-Eco, Ayrshire

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

Kerry-Anne Quinn

Kerry-Anne Quinn

TCS-Eco, Ayrshire

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

Jim Mann

Jim Mann

The (Global) Future Forest Co., Highlands

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

Craig Strachan

Craig Strachan

The Start Up Drinks Lab, Inverclyde

Food & Drink: A contract bottler and creator of new soft drinks, ending the problem of small-batch drinks innovation.

Hannah Fisher

Hannah Fisher

The Start-up Drinks Lab, Inverclyde

Food & Drink: A contract bottler and creator of new soft drinks, ending the problem of small-batch drinks innovation.

Amanda Pickford

Amanda Pickford

Thermafy, Borders

Energy: Innovative and enabling analytical software company, dramatically revolutionising the use and analysis of thermal imaging in real time.

David Robertson

David Robertson

Thistle Rocketry Ltd, Borders

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

Christopher Helson

Christopher Helson

Tiny Air Limited, Dumfries and Galloway

MedTech: Designs and produces technology for decontaminating surgical instruments.

Zakareya Elmo Hussein

Zakareya Elmo Hussein

Touchlab, Edinburgh

Robotics: 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, Aberdeen

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

Danae Shell

Danae Shell

Valla, Edinburgh

Digital: Industry award-winning, affordable DIY legal tools for consumers.

Katherina Skinner

Katherina Skinner

Waire Health, Edinburgh

MedTech: Medical grade wearable vital signs monitors for use in hospitals and homes post-discharge, saving lives and reducing healthcare costs.

Dr Ali Monjezi

Dr Ali 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.

Ross Neilson

Ross Neilson

What’s Fresh, South Lanarkshire

Food & Drink: What's Fresh delivers high quality local produce direct to customers.

Paul Easto

Paul Easto

Wilderness Scotland, Highlands

Tourism: Wilderness Scotland is an award winning tour operator specialising in active and nature based travel throughout the UK and Ireland.

Rachael Gavan

Rachael Gavan

Wilderness Scotland, Highlands

Tourism: Wilderness Scotland is an award winning tour operator specialising in active and nature based travel throughout the UK and Ireland.

Ash Penley

Ash Penley

Zoex Power Ltd, Aberdeen

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

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