A Scots designer is in the hunt to tap Sir Richard Branson for funds to get a “physical toy for the digital age” into the hands of consumers.
At the end of last week, Splatform was sitting a few hundred votes adrift of qualifying for the final round of the UK-wide #VOOM competition run by Virgin Media Business. The top six, as voted on by the public, will pitch for a share of £1 million at a live final in June.
Created initially as a structural experiment by Dunfermline-born Euan Lind, Splatform is used to make durable forms such as wheels that roll and balls that bounce from parts that snap together in a “bubble wrap-like” way.
Splatform was a finalist in the 2014 British Inventor’s Project, after which Lind took on investors in a move that nearly lost him control of the business. He regained 100 per cent ownership at the start of this year with help from the legal team at Edinburgh-based Skyscanner, and with new advisers is now looking to begin marketing direct to consumers.
“I have done lots of different design work, but this is the first thing that I have come across that I thought I could build into a business,” said Lind, who is now based at Edinburgh Napier’s BRT business incubator.