Fri. Jan 24th, 2020

Meet the Rising Stars semi-finalists: Scotland’s top three early-stage companies

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Meet the Rising Stars semi-finalists: Scotland’s top three early-stage companies

Unfortunately for Scotland, the country didn’t see a winner emerge from our Rising Stars 2019 competition. Early-stage companies from across the UK are once again set to pitch at this year’s Rising Stars 2.0 semi-final on 15-16 January in Manchester – and we’ve had a chat with founders of the three competitors from Scotland who are hoping emerge victorious. Read on for their thoughts on reaching the semi-final, and what it’s like to be a digital tech company based in the country.

Drinkly

Based in Edinburgh, Drinkly (@wearedrinkly) is a drinks-on-demand service that promises “chilled beers, spirits and wines to your door in one hour”. More than 650 carefully-curated drinks and snacks are available for delivery to customers in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. John Robertson, founder at Drinkly, tells us more.

How does it feel to be a Rising Stars semi-finalist?

We are incredibly honoured to be selected as a Rising Stars semi-finalist because our team has been working incredibly hard to scale our business, and it’s great to be recognised alongside our peers in the tech industry. We have big ambitions for the coming years ahead and Rising Stars gives us a platform to connect with a great network of peers and investors who will play a part in our future success.

What’s it like being a digital tech company in Scotland?

In Edinburgh, we are very fortunate to have a strong tech community that has added great value to our business. We have been supported by the Seed Haus technology incubator, which is a strong network of angel investors who have exited technology businesses and other founders that have shared their experiences, which has all helped us navigate the many pitfalls of technology startups.

Talking Medicines

From Glasgow, Talking Medicines (@TMedicines) captures the digital voice of the patient, aggregating it into patterns of behaviours and commercialising it to brand managers in pharmaceutical companies through subscription access. They put patient-centricity at the core of what they do, aiming to improve outcomes of medicines. Jo Halliday, cofounder at Talking Medicines, tell us more.

How does it feel to be a Rising Stars semi-finalist?

It’s fantastic timing for us as we gather momentum behind our mission of capturing the digital voice of the patient to drive more effective medicines. Being recognised as a leading tech company gives us the opportunity to highlight the wave that we are creating in “data for good”. As a purpose-with-profit company, we look forward to taking to the stage to tell our story of how we want our business to have a positive global impact.

What makes you “purpose with profit”?

We collect insights about what people say and how they take their medicines, providing free tools to help individuals take control of their medicines in return for their own insights. These patient insights by medicine are of high value because pharmaceutical companies cannot access them directly from patients for legislative reasons. Understanding how their medicines are taken in the real world will help drive down 50% of medicines that don’t get taken every day.

What’s it like being a digital tech company in Scotland?

Scotland is increasingly being recognised as a tech hub with real strength in data science, and we are proud to be part of that scene. Talking Medicines has received fantastic support along our journey from Scottish Enterprise, Data Lab and more recently in equity funding from Scottish Investment Bank. This type of support has been fundamental in allowing us to invest in our future and grow a sustainable company structure.

Neatebox

Hailing from Edinburgh is Neatebox (@neatebox), whose “Welcome” platform is tackling personal loneliness and communication. It removes barriers and promotes empathetic relationships between consumers and customer service teams, promoting real societal change and heralding a new age of understanding and communication. Neatbox’s founder Gavin Neate tells us more.

How does it feel to be a Rising Stars semi-finalist?

As happy as I was to find that Neatebox had been shortlisted for Rising Stars, I was even happier that our cause was going to receive national focus. Disability Equality has long required a spotlight and this is our opportunity to provide it.

What’s it like being a digital tech company in Scotland?

Scotland may not be the centre of the tech world but it feels like it could be, and at Neatebox we are incredibly proud to demonstrate its potential.

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