Scottish Business Collaboration with a University

In Scotland we have amazing opportunities for businesses to collaborate with Universities to further their research and/or product development. This award highlights the successes of business and academic collaboration, showcasing current innovation in ‘Scottish Cycling Products’. 

Winner 2017

 Bycyclogical and University of Strathclyde

Bycyclogical

 ByCyclogical (www.bycyclogical.com) is a bicycle accessories product development company. Their goal is to develop bicycle related products that promote cycling and encourage bicycle owners to remain engaged in the sport for longer. ByCyclogical have used their knowledge of product development and engineering, and their passion for cycling to create the “Gripster, the bike storage solution that is a little bit off the wall”, an innovative bike stand that encourages interior bicycle storage by protecting walls and bikes without the need for installation. The principle behind the product is simple if you store your bike indoors it will be a continuous reminder for your love for cycling and you will use it more. This is their first product innovation and they will continue to build on the success of their first product to bring other exciting ideas to life.

The full shortlist for 2017:

Bycyclogical and University of Strathclyde

Here's Bycyclogical's thoughts on working with the University:

"We have worked with the University of Strathclyde on seven projects since 2015. This collaboration has helped us to accelerate the product development process and make the launch of our first product, Gripster, a success.

Thanks to this collaboration we now have unquestionable validation for Gripster but the impact of the has also been reflected on our international product sales and international distribution agreements which have increased significantly since the official product launch at EUROBIKE2017 in Aug 2017.

Direct access to fresh talent & knowledge supported by academic staff with a wealth of research and industrial expertise, and indirect access to facilities like 3D printing and workshops has helped us to address specific design challenges that we would have struggled to solve on our own. Examples of this include: packaging design & branding, product design optimisation in the form of advanced CAD simulation, and directly related to this application new concept development, and marketing support for our official launch at EUROBIKE.

Working with an academic institution has helped us to significantly reduce our development costs as every single project has followed a structured process, which has allowed us to continuously test theories before these are implemented. The academic rigour has had a direct impact in the amount of rework and duplication that we have to carry out positively impacting product development costs."

Enduro World Series and Edinburgh Napier University

The Enduro World Series (EWS) is the flagship mountain bike enduro series globally with eight events, four amateur events and 71 qualifiers operating in 18 different countries which together encompass over 20,000 riders.

The series and its qualifying events are run by the Enduro Mountain Bike Association set up in 2012 to help synergise the sport of enduro globally under one rule book and take it to the world stage, which within five years has proven to be an incredible success.

Although first and foremost a racing organisation, the group’s ethos is in developing best practice. Our injury and illness project aims to better understand how as a sport we can look after riders and forms part of a wider section of the company that also looks to promote best practice in sustainable yet useable trail development, usage and promotion. Together with our environmental rules, the EWS truly aims to help shine a light not just on the riders, but also on the builders, the health and the impact of the sport of mountain biking as it grows globally.

The Enduro World Series says that:

"Using the deep knowledge base, experience and ethical processes in place at Edinburgh Napier has allowed us to quickly gain some key insights into the injuries sustained in the EWS and receive advice on the medical implications of various scenarios. We have also been able to write best practice and begin to roll out a strategy for developing, monitoring and dealing with head injury protocols."

Veloeye and University of Dundee

Veloeye was developed by two Scottish cyclists, whose friend had become the latest victim of bike theft in the UK.  

One bike is stolen every second in the UK; equating to over 650,000 bikes each year.
Veloeye comprises a tamper-resistant QR label and app. Owners scan the unique QR code and upload all their details, and a photo of the bike, onto the app. If the bike is safe and with its owner, its status is marked as green. If the bike is stolen, owners can report it immediately through the Veloeye app, changing its status to red.
Alerts will be automatically issued on Veloeye’s social media channels, with a description of the bike.
Cyclists can help their fellow velo lovers by scanning any bikes they see on the street with a Veloeye label. A simple scan will reveal whether it has been reported as stolen by a Veloeye user. If so, the location will be shared immediately with the owner. 

Watch this space for more developments!

Last year’s winner:

Flaer and Edinburgh Napier University – Best Scottish Business Collaboration with a University 2016

Revo Terra

Here's what Flaer said about working with Edinburgh Napier University
"Through collaboration with Napier University Sports & Exercise Sciences and heavy investment in chain testing equipment we have been able to identify that between 5 and 10% of a riders energy can be wasted when the chain is not optimised. This research and development along with athlete testing helped shape the future of our products and highlighted the keys elements that make the system so beneficial to riders."