Our February Pitch Den saw USE-supported startups The Ultimate Shortcut Keypad (TUSK) and Infinity School receive grant funding of £1100 and £600 respectively.
T.U.S.K is a product developed by Robin Hartley, a final year Chemical Engineering student. It allows you to automate any possible combination of keyboard shortcuts at the press of a button. Robin has been developing T.U.S.K since March last year and has had previous small grants to build very early protoypes and do some user testing. This final chunk of money is to enable him to build the first final product, ahead of a planned crowdfunding campaign in the summer. See The Ultimate Shortcut Keypad in action
Infinity School is a new way of learning developed by Calvin Benton, a final year Economics student. He’s on a mission to give children a new kind of education based around encouraging curiosity, self-direction and learning by doing. Calvin had his 1st 1:1 with me in July and since then, he’s been working tirelessly developing his curricula, launching his website and getting his first paying customers. This is his 2nd round of Evolve Funding, which will help him run marketing and customer segment experiments, along with some further product testing. Visit Infinity School
Our Evolve Fund is available to all student* and graduate** startups who are officially enrolled for our Evolve Startup Services and meeting with their mentor on a regular basis. For more information, contact your mentor, or get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org to start your entrepreneurial journey and get enrolled.
*subject to visa restrictions
**within 5 years of graduation