Stephen Young Institute for International Business Strathclyde Inspire100

Under the new Inspire strategy 100 innovation-drive start-up and spinout opportunities at Strathclyde will be given the chance to present their companies to an audience of entrepreneurs, potential investors and supporters, gaining valuable feedback, making contacts and raising their profile across the entrepreneurial community.

A competitive element will be incorporated into the biannual event whereby a panel of investors will judge the pitches before selecting a winner in each of the two categories: academic spinouts and innovation-driven start-ups.

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Susan Hamilton & Mark Hamilton, Surfteic Ltd. £5k Prize, May 2023

Surfteic’s vision is to build a cutting-edge Scottish technology company, continually developing and with the aim to become a world leader in producing non-toxic, non-foaming green biosurfactants Surfteic’s innovation will provide replacement surfactants, applicable to a range of industries, that help meet UK and EU requirements, addressing several global environmental and economic challenges affecting industry and society, in particular to eliminate fossil-fuel based equivalents by 2030.

We are honoured to have received this prize from the Strathclyde Inspire team. This comes at a critical inflection point in our journey, between closing Proof of Concept and scale-up, before seeking further investment funding to set up our own R&D lab in Scotland for full scale up and commercialisation. The Inspire 100 funding  will help strengthen our initial path to scale-up, enabling us to bring commercial expertise onto the team to accelerate in becoming investor-ready. The network connections we have made through participating in the Inspire 100 has been phenomenal, with key partners identified with the potential to work together, either in similar or linked industries.

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Amy Roberts & Iain Quinn, Happy Leaf Ltd £5k Prize, May 2023

Happy Leaf is developing a Smart Sensor and app that will allow customers to monitor the health of their houseplant.


  We are very grateful to have received this prize funding as it is crucial for the next steps in our business plan. We will be using the £5k to hire a software developer to produce the MVP version of our app. With this MVP we will gain our first customers and begin to grow our business.

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Momchil Vasilev, inProcess Ltd £7.5k Prize, December 2022

inProcess innovates the manufacture of high value welded and metal 3D printed components. Currently any defects are discovered right at the end of the production line and this uncertainty can create significant delays and additional costs. inProcess changes the traditional approach by integrating continuous ultrasonic inspection during manufacture. This increases the production quality and scheduling certainty while also reducing the carbon footprint. The technology brings benefits to multiple sectors including nuclear energy, renewables, aerospace, and defence.


The prize money will allow us to address a number of commercial challenges that are out of scope for research funding and will accelerate the spin-out process by bridging the gap between university funding and venture capital investment. Firstly, it will help us create a competitive intellectual property strategy, by working with an IP specialist firm, and will accelerate the licensing process by allowing us to hire a lawyer. We will work with a product development consultancy to assist in the development of a production unit from our current lab prototype, and we will be able to hire a commercial champion to support us in the development of the business plan and its execution.

22/23 Winners

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Mathew McLean, Airspection Ltd. £2.5k Prize, December 2022

Airspection develops tough long-range drones for remote infrastructure inspection. Their cutting-edge drones are engineered to redefine what’s possible in aerial inspections, the drones can fly further, hover for longer and in tougher weather conditions. The power of their technology lies not only in efficient data collection but also in rapid analysis. The near real-time data processing capabilities provide  instant insights to drive immediate actions.


Inspire100 was a great opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs going through similar journeys such as my own, as well as network with supporters and investors, it’ll make a positive impact on the growth of the company and is a major step in progress. Our aim is to use this money for match funding to secure a larger grant to develop our Minimum Viable Product.

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