"The next generation of golf performance tracking technology."
Entrepreneur: David Hunter
College/School: MSc in Engineering from the Institute of System Level Integration, a collaborative initiative between the Computer Science, Electronics and Electrical Engineering departments of the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt, and PhD in Education from the School of Education.
The Story: 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 Advisor at the 2012 Start Up Summit. The conversation inspired David entered his first ever business competition, the LAUNCH.ed Business Ideas Competition, and he went on to win first place in the first business competition he had ever entered.
David went on to win and place in an impressive list of business competitions and programmes after this first win: runner-up in the Scottish Institute for Enterprise New Ventures Competition. With business mentoring from the Launch.ed team, David went on to enter the Santander Pitching Competition, and he walked away with a £1,000 cash prize for use in developing Caddie Charger. David went on to finish in the top 10 of the Converge Challenge before winning a paid summer 2013 Santander Summer Entrepreneurs-in-residence with Launch.ed to further develop Caddie Charger.
Less than one year after winning his first ever business ideas competition, David made the leap into full-time entrepreneurship. Since then, David has pivoted his idea and continued to work with Launch.ed on his new project, Shotscope. Shotscope 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. In 2016, Shotscope is taking pre-orders and has grown to a team of nine, although they are always looking to grow.
With Shotscope, David continued his competition and funding success:
£87,000 SMART Award from Scottish Enterprise (2015)
One-year salaried Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship (2014-2015)
£50,000 Edge Award (2015)
£450,000 round of funding (2015)