RIG partners with space technology company to commercialise in Oil & Gas

RIG has started an engagement with an Irish company that has developed the heat-shield technology for the European Space Agency’s 2017 mission to the sun. No man-made technology has ever been closer to the sun, and without this revolutionary technology, the mission would not be possible.

EnBio, based in UCD’s Nova Centre, has developed CoBlast, a technology that is capable of replacing a metal’s oxide layer with a range of different combinations of particulates – each capable of conferring on the metal a bespoke set of properties.

For the Solar Orbiter mission, the required properties are extreme thermal tolerance and adhesion to the top-layer coating. Because of the mission-criticality of the technology, it has been has been accelerated to TRL6 in an exceptionally short time frame.

RIG is now working with EnBio on market validation in order to establish the potential applications for this technology in other sectors.

RIG expands its Oil & Gas practice

At the beginning of February, RIG was pleased to welcome Graham Spencer to the team.

Graham will be joining RIG’s Oil & Gas practice, having previously worked for a boutique headhunting firm in the industry.

Graham is particularly interested in IP-rich technologies and will be supporting clients looking to commercialise their technologies in the oil, gas, and related industries.

RIG consultants to teach at General Assembly

RIG consultants Shields Russell, Jessica Tayenjam and Ffion Rolph will be teaching ‘Strategy Fundamentals for Tech Startups’ on Wednesday 29 January at General Assembly London.

The class will help students to:

  • Understand what strategy really means in a startup context.
  • Define a methodology for creating a strategy.
  • Create a toolset to assess the viability of your strategy.

To find out more about the class and purchase your ticket, visit the General Assembly website.

RIG client named in Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 for Ireland

For the fourth consecutive year, RIG client, Export Technologies, has been awarded a place in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for Ireland. The company came 15th in a list which is comprised of Ireland’s fastest growing Technology companies.

This award recognises the company’s sustained growth over many years, as well as its commitment to the continued research and development of its technology. Export Technologies is recognised as an enterprising company which is now looking to grow further and expand beyond Northern Ireland.

The company’s eCommere platform, the IRP, has been responsible for growing and driving the online sales of many well known retailers, including Chain Reaction Cycles, which is now ‘the world’s largest online bike store’.

RIG expands partnership

As of 1 October 2013, RIG consultants Sameer Pal and David Gates are now Equity Partners in Rapid Innovation Group.

Sam has been with RIG since 2003 and leads our High IP and Oil & Gas practice areas. A consummately international individual, Sam is highly skilled in crafting and executing complex multinational sales and partnerships.

A RIG member since 2005, David leads the Early Stage and SaaS practices. With a laser focus on results, David has a distinctive competence in embedding scalable processes across business areas and generating critical early sales.

RIG is indebted to Sam and David for their long-standing commitment to the company and our clients. We look forward to their ongoing contributions to shaping the business as partners.

RIG companies grow their teams

Two companies co-founded by Rapid Innovation Group – TorqBak and Global Traceability Solutions – welcome new members to their teams this week. The new employees will be co-located with RIG at our offices in Holborn.

In addition to business building with its clients, RIG collaborates with entrepreneurs to co-found and incubate new companies.

Global Traceability Solutions was founded in 2011 by German entrepreneur Ulrich Heindl and RIG. GTS is a leading provider of global traceability solutions, delivered through a unique combination of professional consulting services, innovative software applications, product identification tools, and data capturing technologies.

TorqBak, founded in 2013 by Nick Sharples and RIG, is a Twitter marketing platform designed for socially-engaged brands and their agencies.

RIG client cracks Korea

RIG’s Oil and Gas client has recently secured its first customers in Korea. This was achieved via the subsidiary of its key strategic global partner, for which RIG has been the relationship manager.

The client’s corrosion monitoring system will be deployed through half of its target customer base in Korea by the end of 2013, generating several hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue.

RIG consultants to teach at General Assembly

RIG consultants David Gates and Jessica Tayenjam will be teaching a class on ‘Strategy Fundamentals for B2B Startups’ at General Assembly on Tuesday 18 June.

With locations in the US, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, and Australia, General Assembly is focused on making hands-on learning  in technology, design, and business available to entrepreneurs.

To find out more about the class or to book a place, visit generalassemb.ly.

RIG company wins IC tomorrow Digital Innovation Contest

This year’s Digital Innovation Contest was run by IC tomorrow in partnership with a number of high profile, international businesses including YouTube, Samsung, and HarperCollins. The aim of the competition was to encourage emerging opportunities for digital innovation in publishing, advertising, and television.

The contest included seven separate challenges, each run in conjunction with a corporate partner, with three finalists for each challenge pitching during the first day of the Digital Shoreditch festival.

TorqBak, a company co-founded by Rapid Innovation Group, competed in the ‘Next generation location specific advertising challenge’, sponsored by MediaCom. TorqBak’s pitch for a real-time Twitter marketing platform won out to secure £25,000 in development funding and the opportunity to work with MediaCom as a development partner.

RIG partners with Irish company innovating in grid code compliance

RIG has begun a new engagement with an Irish company providing power quality and reliability solutions to the energy sector.

Premium Power is the developer of Decision Metrix, an enterprise analytics solution that enables network operators and distribution network operators to police and understand generator performance and grid code compliance.

RIG  is undertaking a global validation study to confirm market demand and identify early adopters.