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James Turing - The Turing Trust

The Turing Trust is a charity that refurbishes computers donated in the UK for use in schools overseas.

Edinburgh Innovation's client James Turing

Entrepreneur profile 

Founder: James Turing 

Studied PhD in International Development

School of Social and Political Science 

 

The idea

The Turing Trust is a charity that refurbishes computers donated in the UK for use in schools overseas. It aims to improve access to educational resources in off-grid communities such as those in Malawi, Kenya and Liberia.

 

Challenges

"My biggest challenge has been time management. Balancing University obligations and work has been demanding but getting sound advice as to what to go for and what to drop has helped a lot. That and the help of 200-300 volunteers!"

 

Support from Edinburgh Innovations  

"We have received significant financial support thanks to the advice from our Edinburgh Innovations business adviser. Having a longstanding relationship with someone who genuinely has your best interests at heart and knowledge of grants in the industry (what’s right to apply for and what’s not), we have been guided through the process and have been awarded various grants and won several competitions. Sometimes it was a piece of advice that we didn’t want to hear that ultimately helped us grow."

 

The future

"My ambition is to have an adequate IT system in place for every school in Africa and achieve this within Malawi, Kenya and Ghana within the next 10 years."

 

We have received significant financial support thanks to the advice from our Edinburgh Innovations business adviser

 

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