As well as gearing up for RookieOven Academy Three, we've been reflecting on the last two Academies and taking the time to figure out what's working well, what needs improved and what (if anything), needs 'moved to trash'.
Adimo is making marketing shoppable. Its platform integrates with any form of marketing – including display ads, landing pages, websites, social media and video - to make it shoppable. Thanks to Adimo’s integrations with retailers, shoppers simply select products and add them directly to their online supermarket basket for later purchase with the rest of their weekly shop. Adimo also gives brands valuable behavioural data about customer decision-making. The marketing tech company was founded in 2012 and has offices in Glasgow and London.
TRC Media acknowledge that women are under-represented at board level in the tech/digital sector in Scotland - so they decided to take action. Special Edition is an initiative that aims to help women reach their full potential in the industry. The six-month programme offers participants a chance to learn from detailed workshops and develop not only their professional and creative skills, but their entrepreneurial and networking skills.
Last night was Demo Day for the RookieOven Academy and brought an end to our second cohort. With the Academy the goal is for the young people to come along to RookieOven, form groups and then for each group to come up with product ideas and turn them into the foundations of a solid business.
We're currently running our second RookieOven Academy; each week we call on talent in the Glasgow tech industry to come to RookieOven and impart their experience, knowledge and top tips with the Academy participants. For week 4 of this Academy, Jen Thomson, UX and Digital Product Designer, shares with RookieOven Academy some amazing resources (nearly all of which are free) that she recommends for UX design.
Dig out that Christmas jumper, dust off your Santa hat and get ready for some seasonal cheer… It’s the Glasgow Tech Christmas Party!
Earlier this year we ran our first RookieOven Academy. It ran for 5 weeks (across 6, 2 hour sessions) from May into June with talented and ambitious young people from across Glasgow learning from some of the brightest minds in the Scottish startup community such as Cally Russell, Ashley Baxter and Graeme McGowan. Participants, all aged between 16-18, came up with their own business concepts and developed them into valid products that they pitched to a real investor.
Without doubt one of my highlights for 2016 (so far) has been the Cross Creative programme ran by TRC Media. It gave me more confidence. Gave me amazing new connections both locally and in San Francisco. But best of all it transformed by startup Add Jam. We would not be where we are now if it wasn't for Cross Creative. So if I were you I would stop reading and get an application in immediately (closing date is 16th September)
Each Friday the RookieOven Startup Spotlight highlights a member of the Scottish tech startup community. The aim is to, as the name suggests, put the spotlight on Scotland’s best startups from across the country. It’s an opportunity to share information about an exciting tech startup from Scotland you may not have heard of. Giving a brief overview of the company, what they do, where they are and who they are. This week the spotlight falls on Adimo.
This October 3000 attendees make their way to Dublin to participate in Europe’s Startup Festival - UPRISE. The RDS Arena hosts 150 exhibiting Startups coming from all over Europe and the U.S. This unique festival creates a single entry point for talent and the public into our fast growing tech community. Gone are the old conference mentalities but the approachable and inclusive ideals of bringing product back into the hands of those that use them.