BluPoint by royal invitation
Sat 19th December 2015
An invitation from Prince Andrew led to former Catalyst Centre tenant BluPoint going to St James’s Palace to present as part of the Prince’s Pitch@Palace Africa initiative. One of only five UK businesses selected to take part, BluPoint, alongside five African entrepreneurs, pitched to an audience of African Heads of State, CEOs, investors and key influencers for the African continent. BluPoint also joined the delegation to the The Global African Investment Summit in London.
Born out of research at the University of Southampton, the Company, the brainchild of Dr Mike Santer, was nurtured through the Science Park’s highly successful Catalyst Centre and recently received a £500,000 funding grant from Innovate UK. BluPoint delivers free access to trusted digital information and can be used to deliver education, health or other content. It also delivers targeted services to basic, feature and smart phones in any location without airtime cost and faster than 4G. The aim is to improve the lives of 20 million people in 20,000 communities by 2020.
Prototypes have been tested in India and Africa and successfully piloted in a school in Southampton and a community in Kenya. BluPoint will be running multiple larger scale pilots in Q1-2016.