Victoria Hamilton is the founder and CEO of Recoil Kneepads. Recoil Kneepads are the next generation in knee protection. Utilising a spring loaded mechanism, this new design offers improved comfort and protection. Using her father, a joiner who suffers from osteoarthritis, as inspiration, Victoria came up with the idea of Recoil Kneepads as part of her final year project at Strathclyde. Since the company was formed in September 2013, Recoil Kneepads has received initial investment and has entered into its first major distribution deal with Homebase.
Victoria studied Product Design Engineering (MSc) and graduated in 2013.
What advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs?
Surround yourself with good people and always go with your gut instinct. No one knows your business better than you - trust yourself.
How has the Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network helped you on your entrepreneurial journey?
SEN has helped me in numerous ways; from some initial start-up funding through the Strathclyde into business fund, to providing me with free office space and mentors in the early business to start up. In recent weeks, we have been supported with access to some warehouse space from fellow Strathclyde alumni, Dave Pearson of Star Renewable Energy. An introduction that was made in 2013 at S100.
- SIE Fresh Ideas Competition Winner 2014
- Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow
- The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards Winner 2013
- The Young Innovators Challenge Winner 2013
- Converge Challenge 2013 Top 30
- Converge Challenge Kickstarter Final 5 2013
- Converge Challenge 2014 Top 30
- The Young Scottish EDGE Round 4 2014
- The Young Scottish EDGE Round 5 2014
- Bank of Scotland Enterprise Awards Scotland Heat Winner 2014
- SIE New Ventures 2nd Place 2015