Inventive A-Level student wins funding

An entrepreneurial A-Level student from New College Durham has won over £2,000 worth of funding for an innovative new technology product he has designed.

Technology enthusiast Jack Trowbridge, who is studying Maths, Physics and Business Studies A-Levels at New College Durham, has invented a brand new product called Noteu.  This desktop device displays real-time alerts for Facebook, Twitter, Paypal, email, RSS feeds, the weather and the time, all in one place.

17-year-old Jack, from Consett, exhibited his product at Level39 in Canary Wharf, the biggest technology accelerator where new innovative technologies are showcased.  He then pitched his idea to Kickstarter, a U.S. based non-profit organisation that provides a funding platform for creative projects, and requested £1,000 in pledges to enable him to manufacture his Noteu device. He received £2,137 in pledges from 40 backers, which will allow him to purchase materials and to assemble his product.  His backers will receive a device once production commences in the next few months.

Jack said: “I have always had a passion for electronics and computer programming.  I have a lot of experience with technology and this has given me the opportunity to produce android apps and games for the market and work with universities to design and build products for them.  I have also created my own social network, Linku, linking over 20,000 users all around the world.”

He continues: “Business and entrepreneurship in the technology sector is no longer the domain of big companies like Facebook and Google as there are an increasing number of small start-ups among people who know technology and the market well.  Companies such as Kickstarter allow small businesses like mine to develop an interest and funding for new ideas.”

One of Jack’s Sixth Form Centre lecturers at New College Durham, Karen Donohoe, said: “Jack is a creative inventor and innovator who is very successful at putting his business theory into practice.”

Jon Ridley, Head of Sixth Form Centre at New College Durham, said: “We are delighted to hear about the success of Jack’s new technology products.  He is an extremely talented student who has a very bright future”.

Jack also spoke to The Apprentice star Katie Bulmer-Cooke about his inventions, when she came to the College in December.  Katie said that his Noteu product sounded cool and that she could imagine one on her own desk.

Image shows Jack Trowbridge with Katie Bulmer-Cooke at New College Durham

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