There are a multitude of grants and funding opportunities available in Scotland, but it can be hard to find the right one, or to find the right one in time. Following the news that Business Gateway’s #DigitalBoost fund was suspended on the very day that it was launched, we’ve put together a quick list of things you can do to be prepared for the next funding opportunity that comes around.
Chris has joined the team as a developer. Before starting at Bad Dinosaur, Chris worked at ShareIn, a customisable investment platform that enables you to raise funds directly from your network of investors. ShareIn are based in CodeBase, where Bad Dinosaur started out! We gave Chris a quick grilling to get to know him a bit better:
Digital transformation is one of those terms you see used in a variety of ways, but at its core, digital transformation is about significantly adapting your business to ensure continuing relevance in our increasingly digitised world. It might be difficult to pinpoint a very exact definition, as digital transformation will look different for every organisation that undertakes it, but at its centre is not technology per se, but rather the way this new technology is implemented.
Co-design has become a popular approach when building tech, often coupled with agile teams and MVP building. The approach means that the client spends quite a lot of time meeting with the development team to discuss progress and talk about the project. At Bad Dinosaur, we really believe that this is a great way to work, despite the amount of work it requires of the client - or maybe because of it.
On 20 May the UK govt opened the £250m #FutureFund providing govt-backed loans worth between £125k and £5m to innovative businesses, as long as the money is at least matched by private investors. The fund is managed by the British Business Bank.
Building an app can be an overwhelming project, even if it’s an MVP. Especially if the project is in its early stages, you don’t have funding yet, and don’t know whether the app is going to work, it can be hard to find the money and courage to go ahead with the build. Luckily, there’s another option: a clickable prototype. This is a “mockup” of an app, designed to look and act right but without all of the code behind it. This means that you can see what the app will look like before we build it, and use the prototype as a way to improve your idea, collaborate with others, and even find funding. We like working in this way because it has several advantages, and we often get very good feedback from clients who like the option to have a good-looking prototype with minimal amounts of time and money invested.
We’ve delivered over 60 projects since 2016 and we’ve been a part of the discussion in building hundreds more. No two clients are the same, but there is considerable overlap in the assumptions people tend to make. These misconceptions are usually born out of excitement and a strong belief in an idea, which is ultimately a positive indicator. Nonetheless, it’s worth recognising these common pitfalls so you can avoid making the same mistakes others have. Here are some of the most frequent misconceptions we encounter.
Public Health England’s decision to use Microsoft Excel to process NHS Test and Trace data caused nearly 16,000 COVID-19 cases to go unreported. We take a look at how this error happened, and the drawbacks of relying on Microsoft Excel as a database (when it's not really supposed to be).
We dive into the MVP development process, explaining how and why we combine the specialised knowledge of our own team with our clients industry and business insights.
Difficult times force us to make decisions that we otherwise might not have, and while it is undoubtedly true that the drastic consequences of COVID-19 are forcing everyone across the globe to take stock of what it means to go about their day-to-day, the growing sense of community and support reminds us that there are always new and different ways in which we can continue to innovate and grow together.
Biscuit Tin is a digital legacy business providing a secure vault to hold all the threads of your life in one place..
Fanbase is a comprehensive mobile platform for booking and attending sports matches, uniting clubs and their fans through the latest mobile technology.
Acorn Wellbeing is a health-tech platform aimed at both simplifying medicine management and improving the healthcare relationship between patients and their local pharmacy.
HeyWow! is an innovative personalisation tool for a small independent publisher which produces personalised picture books for kids.
We’ve compiled a handy list of ways you could fund your new tech start-up, looking at grant funding, crowdfunding, competitions, accelerator programmes, and debt funding.