New twist on tweed is spin-out success

Three Edinburgh College of Art designers have won the LAUNCH.ed Business Ideas Competition 2014 for research on 3D-printed tweed.

PhD student Diego Zamora worked with ECA graduates Ross Johnston and Lucy Boermans to design this new take on tweed, which would be first of its kind within the 3D printing industry.

LAUNCH.ed - the University’s free service for student entrepreneurs - announced the winners at a networking event at the University’s Business School on 11 December.

Rewarding entrepreneurs

The competition aims to encourage and celebrate promising potential businesses and social enterprises from students and graduates of the University.

As well as invaluable advice at a business boot camp, this year’s winners received iPad minis and smart watches.

Aspiring entrepreneurs

More than 50 aspiring student entrepreneurs spanning all Colleges across the University applied to the competition.

The judging panel felt the quality of this year’s submissions was particularly high.

Runners up included a team from Engineering who designed a tablet-based tool that speeds up the progress tracking for project engineers, and a Business School team who developed technology to help people with motor disabilities understand their writing.

Business support

All who apply to the competition also receive free business support services from LAUNCH.ed to help develop their ideas further.

The competition is hosted in partnership with E-Club, a group which seeks to support and encourage entrepreneurial activity and new venture creation.