Pivot makes smart move to help Scottish start-ups

Mark Reeves (Pivot International's UK Managing Director)

PIVOT International, which includes two of the UK’s leading design companies, Wideblue and A2E, has committed to help mentor young Scottish start-ups by becoming a gold sponsor with the Smart Things Accelerator Centre (STAC) based in Glasgow. 

STAC is a unique Internet of Things (IOT) tech accelerator dedicated to scaling start-ups to become sustainable, globally competitive businesses.  STAC connects growing start-ups with leading technology, professional mentors, a world class board of advisors, and the best in class industry partners.  The initiative will help the fledgling companies tap into the IOT sector which will be worth an estimated $1 trillion by 2030. 

Mark Reeves, Pivot International’s UK Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting STAC help young smart Scottish start-ups. The STAC mission is to build Scotland’s next generation of internationally successful companies so they can become key players in the connected world. Through our work with Wideblue and A2E we are very much part of the thriving Scottish-tech market, and hopefully by working alongside STAC we can ensure that our sector continues to expand and flourish.”  

Reeves added: “Technology and IoT are having an incredible impact on the world, for example these smart technologies can combat pollution, save energy, and make economies greener. We have to ensure that this continues.” 

One of the companies Pivot is helping as part of the project is Glasgow-based WashR (washr.co.uk).  Every day millions of single-use cups are thrown away.  WashR is developing an on-demand, rapid reusable cup cleaning system designed to dramatically reduce cup waste by making it more hygienic and convenient to use a reusable cup. Situated in workplaces, public buildings and coffee outlets, WashR will help organisations meet targets for avoidable waste as the world strives towards net zero. 

Pivot is a world leader in product development and manufacturing with more than 40 years of expertise. Pivot acquired Scottish product design firms Wideblue in 2018, and then A2E in 2019. 

For more information please visit www.pivotint.com or www.stac.ac

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