The SPARKies Awards Party is getting closer day by day, and this is the next instalment in our series of finalist profiles. This time it’s the turn of the Best Start-up category…
I met the Peter Dickinson and Tom Brereton, the guys behind Artolo, almost exactly a year ago and immediately saw a potentially explosive mix of entrepreneurship, passion and market knowledge. Artolo is about you and me and the art all around us – everywhere is a gallery!
While still ‘under the radar’ to a large extent, Artolo have some really fantastic design concepts and a clear vision for making art accessible to everyone, as well as enabling purchasing at the touch of a button. I really want to see this take off big time!
I’ve always thought that Bardowl has the potential to be huge and I guess this nomination means I’m not alone. Imagine having pretty much any book you want available as a streaming audiobook on your smartphone. For a single monthly subscription you can get access to all the self-help books you can eat plus some great fiction for when you’ve had enough! The app has been developed by the infamous Chris Book (of Big M and openMIC fame) in Bath – well worth a try when it launches real soon now!
While not your traditional tech start-up, Catchy Agency has attracted some great attention since moving to Kingsmead Square in Bath. It’s not uncommon for developers to think “I’ll create an app and put it into the marketplace and bob’s your uncle” – but, unfortunately it rarely works like that. What about discoverability, promotion, integration with other marketing campaigns and social media? Richard and the team are pulling the whole package together for people who want a mobile channel through some great connections with app developers, operators, handset manufacturers, etc.
Meanbee is a great example of what happens when some talented Bath Uni Computer Science graduates decide forgo the draw of the banking sector and decide to set up their own company. Tom and Nick have got an infectious enthusiasm for ecommerce and have built their business on being the best Magento folks around. I met them for the first time this week and was really impressed with their clear focus yet fun attitude to business.
As well as producing ecommerce sites for customers the guys are building add-ins for the Magento platform and have already released a bunch of free and paid-for modules.