UK distributor Anglia Components has launched a dedicated division to support technology startups
Anglia Unicorn is aiming at startups spinning out of universities or with early support from technology funds, Steve Rawlins, CEO of Anglia Components told eeNews Europe.
“We’ve done a lot of work with startups from crowd funding sites and most have been unsuccessful where they have a good idea but no real research,” said Rawlins. “With ones we have worked with in the past the projects haven’t been commercialised so the idea is to get the parts designed into projects that have legs with financial backing, and bring our field applications engineers in as necessary.”
The start-up ideally begins with a concept, but in practice, the customer may already have a proof-of-concept based around an off the shelf solution such as a single board computer or Arduino-type platform.
“We’ve contacted every university in the UK and identified those with electronics, medical and robotics, and we’ve seen some really exciting stuff in robotics, agri-tech, and medical,” said Rawlins. “But Universities could be designing the wrong parts in from catalogue suppliers, so we want to get to the bill of materials before its been firmed up so we can get them the right silicon at the start. We have the edge with power management and battery management, RF, and FPGA we have a good network of 30 design partners who don’t manufacture and so are not competing.”
Anglia can also offer access to its EMS contract manufacturing customers. “We are dealing with over 750 EMS customers and we don’t partner with anyone – we would look at what they need and give them a selection particularly if they are local, but we have to be EMS agnostic,” he said.
“The support offered by Anglia Unicorn has been carefully curated to help technology start-ups and university spin-outs all the way through to venture capitalists, investors and equity funds who are working with technology companies that need help getting to the next level,” said John Bowman, Chief Technology Officer at Anglia Components. “We want customers to think of the Anglia Unicorn team as their technology adviser alongside their legal and financial advisers. This service isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution. We listen to what companies need and provide a bespoke programme to meet those specific requirements.”
The aim is to support around 10 to 20 startups in the first year. “I am excited about it as I don’t know what we going to get,” said Rawlins.
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