Bright minds mean business

Three Edinburgh entrepreneurs are celebrating the successes of companies that they have started up on campus.

PhD students Liita Cairney and Alexander Enoch and research assistant Carlos Labra are the latest to benefit from the support that the University offers.

All three projects have been supported by Edinburgh Research and Innovation, the commercialisation arm of the University.


In this short video, the three entrepreneurs each talk about their businesses.

Learning tool

Alexander Enoch has produced an educational robot toy to help teach children about robotics and computer programming.

The robot – called Marty – is made up of 3D printed parts and can be programmed by anyone with access to a computer.

The product is designed to be affordable and adaptable so that it can be used for educational purposes from primary school up to university level.

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help bring Marty to market.

Changing lives

Liita Cairney has designed a reusable sanitary product to help transform the lives of young women in developing countries.

She hopes the product will empower women without access to hygiene products to work and continue in education.

Liita has been helped by a SMART proof-of-concept grant, a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship and private investment.

The support has enabled Liita to make her vision a reality and create a prototype of the product ready for testing.

Industry solutions

Carolos Abra has developed computer software that can solve problems in a range of industries, including construction, farming, mining and chemicals.

The Particle Analytics software already has the backing of Procter and Gamble, which is helping to turn the technology from an academic tool into a solution that can be used by industry.

Edinburgh Research and Innovation

The University of Edinburgh is among the most entrepreneurial universities in the United Kingdom.

More than 400 start-up and spin-out companies have received support through Edinburgh Research and Innovation.

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