Computer coding, online film-making tutorials and 3D board game products are among the goods and services being offered by new entrepreneurs taking part in a popular enterprise fellowship scheme.
Seven businesses and 17 entrepreneurs are being assisted in the latest round of fellowships offered by DigitalCity, based at Teesside University.
The fellowships, which are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the university, offer entrepreneurs with innovative businesses up to £7,500 to support their business expenses during the initial development stage.
In addition, DigitalCity Fellows can be placed on the DigitalCity innovation investment programme where they will receive an intense programme of consultancy to help them attract significant investment into their company.
The latest DigitalCity fellows are:
• GreenLord Studios – Joshua Legg, Liam McElroy and Ged Parry are programmers producing apps and code for SMEs.
• The Directors Logbook – a YouTube Channel run by Jay Moussa-Mann aimed at helping inspire beginner film-makers.
• Adam Riddick, who is developing an e-commerce SaaS (software as a service) platform.
• Hobgoblin 3D – Kevin Miree, Jordan Knights and Lawrence Williams are designing 3D products for board games such as Dungeons and Dragons.
• Komotion – an animation tool designed by Alex Dixon, Jordan Davison and Abbie Evangelou.
• Digital Footprint Games – Conlin Jordan, Lee Parkes and Jacob Gristwood are designing computer games with a retro feel.
• Big Nasty – an independent games studio run by Joshua Bamforth, Jack Fletcher and Adam Davies.
DigitalCity director Rob Earnshaw said: “We are delighted to welcome our new Fellows to DigitalCity and Teesside University.
“Our Fellowship programme is designed to be second to none in the way in which we support start-ups to attract significant investment.
“We are also looking to recruit a new wave of fellows in early 2017 and are accepting applicants now.
“We are particularly interested in hearing from female tech entrepreneurs and innovative companies that are developing technology around smart cities and heavy industry.”
DigitalCity has an excellent track record of helping to grow new businesses in the North-East.
Together with Teesside University’s graduate enterprise scheme it has helped to create hundreds of new businesses and the only digital hotspot north of Birmingham, as ranked by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.