Chris Hughes, founder of Estendio, SEN Ambassador

Chris Hughes

Estendio

Estendio is a technology company that aims to provide innovative support apps. The company’s first product “Present Pal” is a presentation support software which enables users to deliver a more confident and prepared presentation. With ability to be fully integrated with Microsoft PowerPoint, users can access their notes whilst also seamlessly controlling their PowerPoint at the same time from one device.

How has SEN helped you on your entrepreneurial journey?

The initial advice I received from the Enterprise Hub (and the Enterprise Team) as an undergraduate student was crucial to the creation and growth of Estendio. The one to one advisor support was a total game changer; I had the passion and commitment to an idea but didn't know how I could deliver it. The advice and supporting activities SEN provided allowed me to refine and develop the company’s proposition; helping me raise initial round of seed funding just after my first year of undergraduate study. I was able to work on the business in the Enterprise Hub from then on and have never looked back.

What advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs / inventors?

There’s never a good time to start a business! If you've got an idea you're really excited about, pursue it!

List of Awards/ Accolades or Recent Achievements

  • We Are the Future Silicon Valley finalist 2014
  • Strathclyders into business fund recipient 2014
  • Strathclyde Rising Star 2014
  • Significant investment from Gabriel Investments 2014 
  • Converge Challenge Kickstart Runner up 2015
  • Young Edge winner 2015  
  • Invited to join Cross Party Group for dyslexia at Scottish Parliament 2015
  • The Herald Student Digital Entrepreneur of the Year 2015
  • Converge Challenge Kickstart Runner up 2015
  • Scottish Edge Wildcard winner 2016
  • Converge Challenge Runner Up 2016
  • SMART Feasibility Award 2016
  • Successful Proof of Concept Testing resulting in site licence sale 2017
  • Present Pal Approved by government for Disabled Students Allowance 2017
  • First official sale 2017
  • Nominated for "Young Scot of the Year" 2017
  • Invited to demo Present Pal at the BBC for Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018
  • Convertible loan note with a HNW and The University of Strathclyde 2018
  • Invited onto a panel to advise the Prime Ministers special advisor for business representing Scottish start-ups 2018
  • Invited to demo Present Pal at the BBC for Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018
  • Scottish EDGE Round 13 Winner 2018
  • Awarded AI Accessibility Grant from Microsoft 2019

Find the official webpage here: Estendio