Notts digital entrepreneurs chosen for fast-track programme

Adam Roberts, Go Dine

A group of digital entrepreneurs in Nottinghamshire have been selected to take part in a fast-track programme dedicated at accelerating the growth of tech SMEs.

The Big House Accelerator Programme, run by Nottingham Business School (NBS), provides pre-start and early-stage businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, with a series of exclusive workshops and mentoring programmes worth over £10,000.

The aim of the programme is to help ambitious tech businesses in the area to grow fast.

The Nottinghamshire-based businesses include:

Go Dine, a free online restaurant booking guide featuring over 700 restaurants across the UK. Owned by Adam Roberts, each month the business helps over 100,000 people find, book and save at quality restaurants.

Clajan, owned by Maureen Gatune, who is seeking to streamline the vehicle insurance claims process using technology, to ensure there is clarity on what happened if an accident occurs. The business aims to help insurance companies detect and reduce motor insurance fraud and to reduce losses and time used to investigate the claims.

Work and Communications, founded by law graduate Georgina Fairhall, is a pre-start, data management app for business and employees to manage their work and time.

Other companies selected for the programme include:

Yoop Tech: an app that lets people discover news content shared by friends. an app that generates original and unique music content;

Cognitive.Business: an AI and digital agency for oil, energy and utilities industries;

Railston & Co are innovators in mobile data capture and the developers of Collabaro, a solution for digitally recording field inspection & repair work;

and Proodle Solutions: a higher education tool to recruit international students.

Three of the businesses chosen to take part in the programme are owned by graduates of Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and have been previously supported through the university’s Hive Incubator.

The Accelerator Programme is part of the Big House Programme – a £5m support scheme for creative and digital industries – delivered through a partnership of business support organisations in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.