Tell us about your business?
We are a small, proficient team of software developers that aim to create apps, websites, and coding solutions for those who can't do it themselves. We have a wide array of programming and software knowledge, and are able to create high quality solutions to the problems our clients face. We currently have one large client who we are building an app, website, and API for. We also have several more clients lined up who we should begin working for in the coming weeks. As well as this, due to our success at a recent "Hackathon" at the university, we are currently working on pitching a product to the NHS.
What did you do before setting up your business?
We were students at Teesside University
What inspired you to set up your business?
The three of us worked together several times at University, and discovered that we worked exceptionally well together. As university came to an end, we started entertaining the idea of becoming a game studio together. However, after some research, we realised there was a market for freelance coders, so we decided to go into business taking on clients and creating software solutions for them.
What makes this business different?
This business consists of three talented programmers, who have a wide array of talents between them. Most similar businesses are video game development studios who take contract work on the side, whereas we focus solely on the contract work. This means that we focus fully on the clients.
What inspired you to enter the If We Can You Can Challenge?
Steve Dougan, head of launchpad, told us about the If We Can You Can Challenge, and said that we would be good candidates for it. After reading more about it, we were eager to sign up!
Where do you see your business in three years’ time?
In three years’ time our business will have grown and evolved. We will be in a larger building, employing an array of talent from across the North East to work on a more diverse spectrum of contracts.
What has been the most rewarding part of your journey so far?
The most rewarding aspect of the journey so far has been watching our business grow from a simple idea, to a pitch, to a small office, to having clients and representing our business in local events. Watching our business grow so much in such a small amount of time has been incredible, and we are all thrilled to see how much we can grow in the coming months and years.
What has been your biggest challenge?
The biggest hurdle our business has had to overcome so far has been business inexperience, due to all three of us coming from a computer programming background.
Who/what gave you support or advice?
Teesside University’s Launchpad programme has been invaluable in offering us advice and mentors. Steve Dougan of Launchpad has been fantastic in helping us get clients, Marc de Launay has given us so much information and been so instrumental in getting us set up as a company. Digital City have also given us grant which has allowed us to rent the office space we use, and given us some amount of money towards the start-up costs of making a company.
What advice would you give to someone looking to set up their own business?
Be aware that it isn’t easy, it isn’t quick, and it isn’t glamorous. But if you can put in the effort, stick it out for as long as you need to, and really try your hardest, you may find yourself achieving things you never thought you could.