Technology Business Incubation

Industry Partnerships

How does BRL support and work with technology start-ups?

Robotics is an emerging sector with huge potential for the UK, identified by Government as one of 'eight great technologies' that will drive our economy. The Bristol Robotics Laboratory plays a leading role in supporting ideas and talent development; the start-up and growth of technology SME's and the take-up of their products and services by the wider market - all critical to achieving this potential.

Our Technology Business Incubator is a visionary pilot program to stimulate and support technology start-ups. It works with a full sample of undergraduate, graduate, post-graduates, staff and partner spinout businesses; ensures that we have an up-to-date and detailed understanding of technology start-up needs and enhances the BRL's creative and entrepreneurial culture. It provides valuable input to our taught courses, research and research exploitation.

Current Start-ups include:

BRL Start-ups - Awards and Honours

Company
Name
Award
Agilic 2014
  • Selected to join UKTI Trade Mission to USA
Altitude Tech 2016
  • Winner - IoTUK Boost, Cambridge Wireless, 2016
2015
  • Finalist - Early Stage Start-Up competition, Banque du Liban Accelerate, 2015
  • Winner - 'Entrepreneur of the Year', Celebrating UWE Talent Awards, 2015
  • Winner – Regional heat (Pitch@Palace on Tour 2015)
Aralia Systems 2015
  • 'Outstanding' KTP with BRL - Nominated for KTP National Awards, 2015
Dawn Robotics 2015
  • Winner - JISC Summer of Student Innovation Competition, 2015
DroneX 2015
  • Virgin Start-up of the Week – July 2015
Folium Optics 2015
  • Winner - InnovateUK SBRI Healthcare Competition (£1m product funding)
Open Bionics 2016
  • RRB's Top 50 Most Influential Robotics Businesses Worldwide, 2016
  • Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Robotics Companies Worldwide, 2016
  • Bloomberg's UK Business Innovators, 2016
  • Winner - Most Innovative Use of Hardware, TechSpark, 2016
  • Winner - Best Start-up, TechSpark, 2016
  • Sammy Payne (Founder) - Winner - Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Bristol and Bath Women in Business Awards 2016
  • Sammy Payne (Founder) - Winner - Young Innovator of the Year, Edge Awards, 2016
  • Sammy Payne (Founder) - Winner - ‘Founder of the Year', TechSpark 2016
  • Sammy Payne (Founder) - Five Women In Tech To Watch, Alphr, 2016
  • Sammy Payne (Founder) - Top Women In Tech To Know, Marie Claire Magazine, 2016
2015
  • Selected to join UKTI Trade Missions to Japan and China, 2015
  • UK Winner - James Dyson Award, 2015
  • RRB's Top 50 Most Influential Robotics Businesses Worldwide, 2015
  • Winner of Winner Accessibility Award, Tech4Good, 2015
  • Winner - Accessibility Award, Tech4Good, 2015
  • Winner - Disney Techstars Accelerator place (California, US), 2015
  • Current Top 10 Finalist - Nesta's 'Inclusive Tech Prize', 2015/16
  • RBR Global Top 50 List - Top 50 robotics companies to watch in 2015
  • Winner - Computer Bild's 'Best Product Innovation Award' CES Las Vegas, 2015
  • Joel Gibbard (Founder) - Shortlisted - Semta's 'Engineering Hall of Fame', 2015
  • Sammy Payne (Founder) - Short-listed Women In Business 'Entrepreneur of the Year', 2015
  • Sammy Payne (Founder) - 24 Most Influential Bristolian's under 24, Rife Mag, 2015
2014
  • Winner - 'Britain's Best Start-up Idea', Intuit, 2014
  • Runner up - Intel's global 'Make It Wearable' competition, 2014
  • Winner - 'Prosthetic Innovation of the Year', Limbless Association, 2014
  • Joel Gibbard (Founder) - Winner - 'Young Design Engineer of The Year', British Engineering Excellence Awards, 2014
  • Joel Gibbard (Founder) - Winner - 'Founder of the Year', TechSpark 2014
2013
  • Winner - Best Newcomer, Venturefest Bristol , 2013
OmniDynamics 2014
  • Finalist - Lloyds Bank Enterprise Award for Graduates, 2014
  • Winner - SW Region, Lloyds Bank Enterprise Award for Graduates, 2014
Reach Robotics 2015
  • Winner - Techstars Qualcomm Accelerator place (San Diego, US), 2015
  • Winner – Robotics Start-up, Innorobo, 2015
  • Selected to join UKTI Trade Missions to Japan 2015
2014
  • Runner up – People Choice (Pitch at Palace), 2014
  • Winner - Wraya Start up competition, 2014
  • Selected to join UKTI Trade Missions to USA 2014
  • Winner - Microsoft Ventures start up competition (overall winner), 2014
  • Winner - Microsoft Ventures start up competition (gaming category), 2014
Walk to Beat 2016
  • Winner - Santander's Universities Dragon's Den - 2016
  • Finalist - Social School of Entrepreneurs Lloyds Bank Program - 2016
2015
  • Finalist - Social School of Entrepreneurs Lloyds Bank Program - 2015
2014
  • Winner - UNLTD Built-it Award - "Brilliant Social Entrepreneur" 2014
  • Winner - UNLTD Try-it Award - "Brilliant Social Entrepreneur" 2014
YuScan 2015
  • Winner - eHealth Innovation award, Qualcomm XPRIZE Tricorder competition.

BRL Technology Business Incubator - Alumni

Agilic Founded by Harry Gee, an architecture graduate from UWE, Agilic is currently focused on developing and releasing its first product The PiBot to a global audience on the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform.
Folium Optics Folium Optics was founded in late 2013 by John Rudin and Steve Kitson, formerly at Hewlett Packard Laboratories Bristol. They have over 15 years experience of developing novel plastic display technologies. Their colour reflective displays look great in all lighting conditions, are low power, thin, robust and can be curved and novel shapes.
Restech Zan Nadeem is a UWE Robotics graduate and founder of Restech, an award winning, social enterprise that specialises in Robotics Education. Restech works with schools, youth centres, universities and various other type of organisations who work with young people and are interested in running projects with kids that involve: Robots, Programming, Computer Science and Electronics.

Business Manager

Innovation Manager

BRL facts and figures
Brief BRL Lab Specification

  • BRL covers an area of approximately 3,500 sqm
  • BRL consists of twenty six Research Bays
  • All six BRL Laboratories comply to Containment Level 2 (CL2) standard
  • BRL facilities include two Flying Arenas.
  • The Large Flying Arena is equipped with an Infrared Motion Tracking System and an overhead camera

Page last updated 11 May 2016

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