University start-ups tipped for the top

University start-ups tipped for the top

Two technology start-ups with close links to the University of Aberdeen have been tipped as future energy industry stars following their selection for the TechX Pioneer technology accelerator programme.

RAB Microfluidics and Blue Gentoo will each receive £25,000 in seed funding to develop their business and technology as part of an intense 16-week programme which starts at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre in June.

Blue Gentoo was founded by University of Aberdeen alumnus Phil Bremner after a long career in the oil and gas industry.  The company is developing a gas hydrate management solution to provide real-time monitoring of gas production flow. This will mitigate and manage the formation of gas hydrates and ensure the efficient dosing of ‘anti-freeze’ chemicals, saving companies millions of pounds.

RAB Microfluidics was formed by Rotimi Alabi, a University of Aberdeen graduate who turned his PhD into a business idea with support from the University.  The start-up offers oil analysis to businesses through ‘lab-on-a-chip’ technology that aims to dramatically reduce maintenance and repair costs for heavy equipment.

They are part of 10 technology start-ups to make it into the Pioneer programme following a pitch to a panel of industry experts and academia, who are searching for solutions that could transform the future of the oil and gas industry.

Up to £75,000 in additional funding is available during the 16-week programme, and upon graduation Pioneers will be transferred into a 12-month incubator called TechX+.  Furthermore, two companies with the most exciting potential also have the opportunity of a further £100,000 funding from BP.

David Millar, TechX Director, the Oil & Gas Technology Centre said: “We were blown away by the technology ideas presented and now have 10 ambitious start-ups with us that want to change the world!  I’m sure these first Pioneers will set a benchmark in technology development that positions TechX as the leading accelerator for companies hoping to break into the oil and gas industry.

“TechX represents a significant opportunity to develop a new technology supply chain in the North East of Scotland and it anchor it here for generations to come. We are delighted to have our first Pioneers on board and look forward to working with them to help develop their business and exciting new solutions for the industry.”