Great news! My team, redstart, won this year’s Business Innovation in Digital Technology Award from the University of York Computer Science Department. The award was sponsored by IBM, and was the culmination of a two week business course, given by the excellent Dick Whittington. It was a great couple of weeks, with plenty of information about setting up businesses, the inner workings of business accelerators and the various support mechanisms on offer from The University of York. Amongst the highlights were a number of excellent guest speakers, with a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Some stand-out talks included a fascinating talk from Tristan Watson from Ignite 100 about the realities and potential opportunities of accelerators, as well as some more York-centric advice from the exceptionally knowledgeable Heather Niven.
After a week of talks, business discussions and lectures, we were let loose on a set of ideas of our own. My team, consisting of Tautvydas, Glyn and myself, developed our concept of redstart, a social media advisor app based around our collective AI experience. Developing an in-depth business plan for our business idea was an interesting experience. In particular, we all learned a good deal about the complexities of launching a paid piece of software for a mass audience, and what such an effort would consist of in terms of fees, taxes and general logistics. In the end, our idea won out against the extremely compelling competition, and the three of us were delighted to receive the award for best business pitch.