Saturday, 29 December 2007
Web stats indicate that around 108,000 people visited Red Button Design's website between 9pm Mon 17th and 9pm Wed 19th.
So.... 3.3%, around 1 in 30 people, who saw Red Button on TV looked us up online....
The average response rate for targeted advertising is 0.7%
Overall in December we had over 147,000 visitors to http://www.thisisredbutton.co.uk/
Less than 4% of those visitors used a Mac
6 months ago our biggest referrer was facebook.
Now it is shared by Google and bbc.co.uk.
6 months ago we had an average of 60 users a day visit the site.
Now we average 4,901.
The CIA think there are 60,776,238 people in the UK,
1 in 18 people in the UK watched the Dragons' Den (5.5% of the population)
1 in 400 people in the country have been to our website at some point.
*dashes out to buy dark glasses and a headscarf!*
Thursday, 20 December 2007
HSBC Unipreneurs 2008 is a new £20,000 business award which aims to discover and encourage a new generation of university educated business entrepreneurs. It's also supported by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship and is therefore connected with all 168 UK universities."
From the website: "http://www.unipreneurs.hsbc.co.uk/"
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
forum gossips! (these are my favourite!)
if you see us anywhere else, let me know!
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
There's a joke in the Red Button Offices that as I don't work for a wage (yeah - that's a point all of you who want to get into this entrepreneurship lark! 9 months without an income... ouch!) but because I don't get paid in a financial sense I get paid with tit bits of praise and thanks. Infact I believe the term "Approval Junkie" has been coined for me. Nevertheless despite Oxford Said's Business School deciding that our £45,000 prize winnings wont be transferred until January (!) and the resulting frugal Christmas at RBD-HQ knowing so many of you share our visions will spur me on for another wage-less month!
Monday, 17 December 2007
They were surprised I refused!
11pm? On the night of my show airing? At a few hours notice? Ummm Richard Bacon, are you kidding me? I admit, I was ranting a bit by the third time they called but ... Seriously? forgive my disregard for your ego but I made plans, I have friends coming and with any luck I wont be sober enough to air live by 11pm!
Thanks to everyone who has contacted us to wish us luck etc. We are very grateful and will get back to you *all* over the next few days. Meanwhile I still have an hour and a half to bite my fingernails down to a quick and you've still got time to get yourself a wee dram on our behalf.
Thursday, 6 December 2007
The trio scooped a total of £45,000 in prizes on the night for their Reverse Osmosis Sanitation System (ROSS) which can effectively and cheaply provide safe water for the developing world.
Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, policy makers, academics, corporate guests, sponsors and competitors gathered at the Saïd Business School in Oxford for the annoucement this week. The judges awarded two prizes, the first a £10,000 prize to a company addressing a pertinent problem affecting people in the 21st Century and a second for £35,000 awarded to the ‘Global’ winner representing the most investable social enterprise.
Steve Rayner, Director of the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilisation at Saïd commented:
The 21st Century Challenge, the largest such competition in the UK, is designed to encourage commercial solutions to help solve the major social and environmental challenges of the 21st Century. More than 180 entries were received from 23 countries. Participants had to submit a five page business plan focusing on one of the three challenge tracks. Three finalists were drawn from the entries to each track and the nine finalists then went forward to the grand final event and pitched their business plans to a panel of judges.
Red Button Design was founded by Amanda Jones, a Glasgow University Graduate, James Brown and Nicky Pang who are both studying Product Design on a joint course run by Glasgow University and Glasgow School of Art.
The judging panel for the grand final comprised:
Professor Steve Rayner, James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization (Chair)
Rob James, DFJ Esprit
Keith Evans, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Jonathan Guthrie, Financial Times
Wendy Hart, Grant Thornton
Ravi Kapur, NESTA
Antony Ross, Bridges Ventures
Nicholas Pitts-Tucker, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Richard Sanders, Permira
For further details please contact Amanda Jones:
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
Tomorrow’s People – business ideas covering healthcare and medical challenges
Tomorrow’s Planet – business ideas covering environmental challenges
Tomorrow’s Wealth – business ideas covering social inequality and distribution of wealth challenges
Red Button submitted to the Tomorrow's People track.and were selected as one of the nine finalists (three from each track) to go forward to the grand final where they present their business plans to a panel of judges before an audience of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, academics and corporate guests.
I am thrilled and stunned to be able to report that not only did Red Button Win their challenge track scooping the £10,000 Tomorrow's People Award..
We also scooped the 2007 Global Prize winning another £35,000!
£45,000 will literally allow us to get through the next stage of prototype development without selling off any equity meaning that when we do come to sell a percentage of our company the risk will be significantly lowered due to further prototype advancement and we will recieve a significantly better price!
We are so thrilled, so so thrilled!
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
We are one of 3 finalists in our track and on Wednesday James and I make the long drive south to Oxford in preparation to pitch for our lives. If you are so cruelly inclined you can watch this evil spectacle live via webcam at 3:10pm Thursday 29th November (http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/21challenge/news/Events.htm)
We have no delusions of winning, such are the companies we are up against, however we are very flattered to be able to add "finalist" to our wrap sheet against such a well regarded competition.
At least that's what we keep telling ourselves.
Saturday, 17 November 2007
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Watch this space!
Friday, 2 November 2007
"This email is to invite you to join John Hutton MP, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, to a consultation event in Westminster about Government plans to develop a new Enterprise Framework."
"We are really pleased to announce that we have been asked by the Government to identify young entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs and women business owners and entrepreneurs who will shape the future face of enterprise in the UK. We think this includes you and so we would like to offer you the opportunity to shape the Government’s thinking on how to inspire and support enterprise in two consultation events ...."
But no, this is for real.
I'll be heading down to Westminster to represent the young, female entrepreneurs of the UK.
(God help us all!)
Saturday, 27 October 2007
We made some amazing contacts and worked very hard to earn our place at such prestigious events but now with two days left and no more business to attend to it's time to take Highway 1 down to Santa Cruz and watch the surfers!
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Red Button Design Ltd, a company set up by 3 students at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow, have been awarded a 'Runners Up' place in the 'Environment' category of this year's Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards, alongside entries by LG Electronics and Xerox.
The product is “The Reverse Osmosis Sanitation System” a unit that transports, stores and purifies water aimed at parts of the developing world that do not have clean water.
Amanda Jones, James Brown and Nicholas Pang are all 23 and came up with the concept for the
product just 9 months ago. The trio are currently being featured in a Wall Street Journal Podcast and full coverage of the award currently appears in The Wall Street Journal's three global editions.
This is a huge achievement for such a young company, they are the only UK company being honored at the awards.
Saturday, 2 June 2007
Red Button Design were awarded the first prize of £16,000 of cash and in-kind support for their innovative Reverse Osmosis Sanitation System. Sounds Good Advertising were the runners up, receiving £9,000 for their audio / visual light box.
Open to all students and recent graduates from across Scotland the SIE competition received a record number of entries this year but for the third year in a row it was a University of Glasgow business that took the first prize in the undergraduate category.
Following on the footsteps of Barhand and Oyo Products, Red Button Design, led by James Brown, Nicky Pang and Amanda Jones, have developed a product which can bring relief to the 1.2 billion people around the world who are still without clean water. Their product, ROSS, is an innovative water sanitation, transport and storage device specifically tailored to suit the demanding requirements of a user resident in a developing country. ROSS enables individuals to collect water from the nearest source, contaminated or not, and sanitize for drinking or bathing use.