Entrepreneur success stories | Shot Scope | LAUNCH.ed

"The next generation of golf performance tracking technology."

David Hunter
University of Edinburgh, LAUNCH.ed, Edinburgh Innovations, enterprise support, entrepreneurs, enterprise support, studnet

David Hunter is both a keen golfer and an Electronic Design Engineer with experience designing electronic products for medical, military and oil and gas markets. While playing in a golf competition in 2011, David had the idea for a mobile charging device that could be run off of a 12V electronic golf trolley battery. And so David combined his love of golf with his extensive background in Electronic Design, and Caddie Charger was born.

When David returned to Edinburgh University in August 2012 for his Postgraduate Diploma in Education, David met a LAUNCH.ed business adviser at the 2012 Startup Summit. The conversation inspired David to enter his first ever business competition, the Business Ideas Competition and he went on to win first place.

With business mentoring from the LAUNCH.ed team David went on to win and place in an impressive list of business competitions and programmes. Including the Scottish Institute for Enterprise New Ventures Competition, Santander Pitching Competition, Converge Challenge and Santander Summer Entrepreneurs-in-residence.

Less than one year after winning his first ever business ideas competition, David made the leap into full-time entrepreneurship. Shot Scope is a wearable golf-specific performance tracking system that will revolutionize how golfers collect scoring and statistical data and open up a world of statistics previously only available to the very top professional golfers.

The business has now raised a total of £4.5 million since it launched, with investors including Old College Capital, the University of Edinburgh’s investment arm, Scottish Investment Bank, Equity Gap and high-net-worth individuals.

Now big on the US market after raising £1.6 million in funding earlier this year, they expect to grow revenue this year to £5 million with the launch of V2performancee tracker.

“I would encourage any student at the University of Edinburgh with the ambition to start a business to talk to the Edinburgh Innovations team. The training, network and advice will help refine your business idea and take it to the next level. It’s an opportunity not to be missed!”

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