Beatwoven, a company founded by BA Textile Design graduate Nadia-Anne Ricketts, has been given a £25,000 ‘Boost’ award by Creativeworks London.
Creativeworks’ new award teams academics with small businesses, to collaborate on a research project that benefits both partners. Beatwoven will be paired with Queen Mary, part of the University of London.
Building on Beatwoven’s expertise in translating music into textiles, Queen Mary will make an app that allows customers to upload their music and create bespoke patterns.
The app will be developed alongside a research project investigating copyright boundaries within the music industry.
There was strong competition for funding and Nadia-Anne’s team had to compete against 11 other start-ups and research teams.
Each team had to prepare a business pitch and deliver a five-minute presentation to a panel of industry professionals.
Judges included Chris Moore from UK Trade and Investment, Wendy Malem from London College of Fashion and Steve Clegg from IBM.
– BA Textile Design