A Stirling-based start-up business, Beezer, has won £30,000 and a business support package as part of Scottish EDGE – Scotland’s leading business competition for innovative, high growth potential entrepreneurial talent.
Beezer, founded by Brian Smillie, is a SaaS platform that allows SME’s to build, publish and manage an App quickly and cost effectively using its plugin and styling marketplace with no coding or App store approval required. The businesses’ game-changing USP allows anyone with a Beezer App to share the App instantly across hitherto incompatible platforms/devices.
Announcing the award on Thursday evening, Scottish EDGE CEO, Evelyn McDonald, said: “In this ever-growing technology focused world, there are approximately 1000 new apps created every day and these are often expensive and challenging to develop. However, our next winner has a disruptive solution to help SMEs build, publish and manage an app quickly and cost-effectively”.
The business was one of 12 businesses to receive funding of over £1m as part of the Scottish EDGE’s tenth competition round, which launched in February of this year. Scottish EDGE, which looks to support Scotland’s innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent, received a total of 240 applications for the current competition round.
Having received their award, which was presented by Scottish EDGE board member and Head of Entrepreneurship at Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, Gordon Merrylees, Brian commented: “The support of EDGE is essential in helping small companies achieve their potential. Winning EDGE has meant that we are now able to take full advantage of the opportunities currently available to us”.
Renowned Scottish entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter remarked Beezer’s achievement; “I’m delighted that Beezer have secured Scottish EDGE funding and support as part of the competition’s tenth round. Brian’s passion for his business and knowledge of the market impressed the panel and they could see great potential in his product. We welcome the business as it joins our network of high-profile Scottish EDGE alumni, and look forward to supporting their development.”
Find out more about Beezer here.