Venturefest Scotland announces Innovation Showcase participants

2016's Venturefest Scotland

Venturefest Scotland announces Innovation Showcase participants

The full list of successful applicants for the 2017 Innovation Showcase at Venturefest Scotland includes businesses from across the country.

The national business innovation summit takes place on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at the Glasgow Science Centre. has recently announced

Sponsored by Marks & Clark, the Showcase will present a selection of Scotland’s most innovative companies together with their ground-breaking products and services.  Companies across tech, design & engineering, renewable energy, healthcare and more have been selected.

Companies this year come from all over Scotland including Aberdeen, Glasgow, Sutherland, Livingston, Edinburgh and Inverness.

Alba Orbital build the world’s most sophisticated commercial PocketQube platforms with the aim to ‘democratise’ space by allowing access to everyone. Their miniature satellites can be used for almost any application with the Unicorn-2 satellite offering near CubeSat performance at a fraction of the price.

All Day Designs is a product design and manufacture business revolutionising the 0-4 year child travel equipment market. The first innovation – the AllDay PikNmix is a game changing, versatile travel-system that evolves with the developing child catering for their constantly differing activity levels and removing the requirement for parents to purchase and carry multiple items, whilst saving at least £400 and removing the stresses faced by both parents and  child.

Beyond Medics develop awesome systems for the clinic and will be showcasing a working prototype of their ground-breaking Automated Remote Pulse Oximetry System which automatically displays the individual’s vital signs – heart rate and blood oxygenation level – through a remote camera, without the need for clips and wires.

Rafal Czarnowski and Todor Rusanov are real-time visualisation specialists that utilise the latest virtual reality technologies to create interactive and immersive environments. Their latest project is based on The Buzludzha Monument that is built on top of the Buzludzha mountain peak. It was used as the headquarters of the Bulgarian communist party in the 1980s until Bulgaria ceased to be a communist state in 1989.

Cloud Forest is a company that will crowdfunding productive forestry projects. Founded in February 2017, the company has been awarded funding by Innovate UK to work with Cambridge University’s Centre for Industrial Sustainability to explore what opportunities crowdfunding could create in the UK forestry industry.

Colour Elements demystifies shopping practices through the process of quickly identifying the specific colours which complement the consumer through selfie images. Instore events connect online purchases to physical shops building brand engagement and increasing sales.

EC-OG has expanded rapidly as a first-class technology provider in the energy industry. Developing disruptive technologies and engineering solutions for the Oil & Gas sector, attention is currently concentrated on the commercialisation of the Subsea Power Hub, an ocean current energy conversion system.  This self contained regenerative energy source harnesses the energy of ocean currents to generate, store and deliver autonomous electrical power.

Healthy Nibbles overcome the challenge of finding healthy and nutritious snacks in city offices and travel hubs throughout the UK.  Combining the latest vending technologies with nutritionally certified, artisan snacks, Healthy Nibbles’ vending machines are connected, 100% cashless, provide nutritional and allergen information prior to purchase.

HelloUni makes it easy for students who want to study abroad, matching students all over the world to their dream universities.

IntelliDigest eliminates the constraints of waste management and helps our customers to efficiently meet regulatory demands while boosting their eco reputation and profitability. Their aim is to proficiently convert biodegradable waste to high value resource at the earliest possible time thereby capturing the whole resource value in them, reducing greenhouse gas emission and promoting circular economy.

Pacla Medical is an Edinburgh-based company operating in the life sciences sector, focused on developing healthcare equipment; Robo-Physio, an automated spinal muscles massage device. Robo-Physio has 36 robotic fingers designed to gently massage the back and improve people’s quality of lives. Having run a successful crowd-funding campaign with an army of enthusiastic customers, product launch is planned for October 2017. The company has received SEED investment from Venture Capital.

Pixey helps broadcasters and publishers find and obtain the digital rights to real-time, Instagram user-generated content.

Proterra Energy based in Drumnadrochit near Inverness, specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of micro hydro schemes, typically up to 100 kW. They operate throughout Scotland with a focus on the Highlands and Islands and are starting to expand into the international market with early hydro scheme assessments carried out in Chile.

Robotical is a robotics company based in Edinburgh. They make Marty the Robot, an educational robot that is far more than just a toy. Marty walks, dances, and even plays football! Marty offers an excellent progression to inspire young people to get in to robotics and STEM subjects. Start by using Scratch, a simple coding platform – then continue with Python and C++. The upgradeable nature of this robot means that Marty stays relevant for university-level study.

Smart Compliance’s first product to market is a carbon monoxide detector and the design and development of an intelligent smoke detector, which:

  • Carries out a weekly self- check and reports to a web portal/text message
  • Reports to a web portal/text message if unit is faulty or tampered with
  • Report to multiple mobile devices/web portal if smoke is present

All About Design Ltd is a start-up company focusing on the Gastrointestinal tract. Constipation, haemorrhoids and numerous bowel problems can be greatly aided by correct posture and our initial product offering – SquatEasy – a Patent Pending, anti-bacterial posture stool is the first of its kind in the UK.

Turtle Pack is a multi-award winning swimming aid designed to help remove anxiety, build confidence and develop important life skills. The child’s arms are free so they can swim with no restrictions and provides the correct horizontal body position. As the child’s confidence and coordination improves in the water, the buoyancy can be easily reduced by removing segments of the shell.


In addition to the Showcase, the one day programme includes:

  • Confirmed keynotes from Mandy Chessell, Master Inventor at IBM and Ailsa Gray of Profits with Purpose
  • War stories/case studies from successful businesses on the ups and downs of growing a business
  • Interactive, hands-on workshops giving you practical skills to innovate and grow your business. Topics will include Open
  • Innovation; Industry 4.0; Future Trends, Intellectual Property and more 
  • Free 1-2-1 appointments with business advisors across a wide range of disciplines including tax, IP, digital, funding, big data and more in our Meet the Expert programme  
  • World Café style facilitated networking to help you make lasting business connection

    Registration is free and any aspiring Scottish company from start up through to established SME is invited to attend.