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Industrial waste, CEOs, and air-con politics: 2 weeks at RIG

RIG summer intern, Alex Crichton-Miller, tells us about his first 2 weeks with us: Come Monday, I will no longer be the only intern in the office. I feel rather like an only child who, on finding out they will have a younger sibling, cannot help but feel a tinge of regret that it will no longer be simply me. The team at RIG is a very close-knit unit, reminiscing about antics on away days more than a decade ago as often as they argue about the most appropriate way to approach a client. I have been exhilaratingly swept up…

Day One at TechX for Immaterial

Ben Swan, Chief Operating Officer at Immaterial, speaks about the company and its ambitions for the Aberdeen TechX programme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpJiw2uiKvQ Immaterial manufactures super-adsorbent nanomaterials which can dramatically reduce the cost of separating, storing, and transporting gas.

Energy storage: generation’s forgotten twin

In recent years, the conversation around renewable energy sources has grown broader and louder. Although wind, solar, and their lesser-known cousins do not (yet) represent a majority of energy generation in the vast majority of countries, they form an increasingly significant part of the grid’s energy mix. Indeed, in 2017 - and for the first time in its history - Britain generated more of its electricity from renewable and nuclear sources than from gas and coal. Great news. Onwards and upwards! But there’s a small hitch… Renewable energy is famously intermittent. The wind blows when it feels like it and,…

The allure of the ‘data is the new oil’ analogy

The commodities market is no stranger to data; a quick Google search will lead to streams of data showing price fluctuations and percentage deltas. Oil is back up to $70 a barrel and lithium is riding high on the projected growth of batteries and electric vehicles. One thing, however, that is not publicly traded on the commodities market, is data itself. A myriad of recent articles have hailed data as the new oil- the most valuable commodity over the last century. However, while the comparison of data and oil has some use, to label data as a commodity like oil…

Rapid Innovation: Goodbye to the Red Lion, Hello to the King(sway)

Today Rapid Innovation left Red Lion Square, its home since 2010, for a new office at 103 Kingsway – less than five minutes’ walk away. The move comes as the company is expanding its breadth and depth of activities, although it maintains a focus on a portfolio of high-promise, deep technology companies – all of which have the potential to be world changing and world beating.

Schrödinger’s Mongrel (and pricing equity in early-stage deep-tech)

I’m one of those annoying people that thinks Schrodinger’s Cat is an apt substrate for pretty much any old mixed metaphor that I can drag in. Apologies in advance. It’s an age old question – how do you support valuation, at the point of seeking investment in a tech company that has zero, or very little, revenue, but shows exceptional promise. The reason it’s an old question is because it’s hard to answer, but here’s a clunky stab. The exceptional promise/ the pot of gold/ the cat is either alive or dead – which of these states it is in…