• IbisVision and Newslines chosen from a field of promising Scottish scale ups to enter the year-long Dell programme, starting in August
  • Both companies will receive technology, training, mentorship and access to Dell events
  • IbisVision impressed with its disruptive approach to eye-care technology
  • Newslines innovatively overhauls the way that news is delivered and consumed

Dell today announced the two chosen Scottish scales ups that will enter its Entrepreneurial Growth Programme in August.  Aberdeen based IbisVision and Glasgow’s Newslines will receive a package of Dell hardware, access to mentorship and training over the course of the next calendar year.  Both companies were selected from a wide field of online entries, the cream of which were invited to ‘pitch’ to the Dell Scotland leadership team.

IbisVision is the company behind RingOfSight, a revolutionary medical examination technique for the detection of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide with 60 million sufferers.  Early detection through screening is crucial to prevent blindness.    

RingOfSight is a portable, simple to use and cost effective glaucoma test designed to feel like a computer game for the patient. This has particular significance for developing nations where traditional glaucoma test equipment can be prohibitively expensive and cumbersome.

“We are at a crucial point in our business’s development,” commented Blair Donaldson, Founder and CMO, IbisVision. “RingOfSight is now mature and widely tested, with positive feedback.  We were looking for a partner to help us with crucial guidance around how we market and export the product in order to help more people retain their sight.  Dell’s global footprint, obvious hardware expertise and access to networks gives us that vital step up.”

Newslines is a tool designed to help consumers organise the way they receive their news. It is a social news network that can include hard news, such as births, deaths and marriages, legal events, interviews and performances. Users can contribute content, creating the definitive record of the news about a topic.

The tool aggregates and organises news sites, Wikipedia, Google Search, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook into one multimedia timeline, accessible online and via a smartphone, as well as via social media sites.  By creating advertising revenue from these streams, Newslines has a unique business model.

“After many years overseas running successful media businesses, we recently came back to settle in Scotland,” commented Mark Devlin, CEO, Newslines.  “We know that we can unlock the potential in the new media landscape but need to tap into skills and networks within Scotland and beyond.  Dell’s brand and scope gives us that additional ‘clout’ that we can’t achieve as a small scale-up.”

Dell supports entrepreneurs and small businesses globally, providing assistance to help start-ups accelerate their market strategy and take their businesses to the next level.  The Scottish Entrepreneurial Support Programme is an initiative that brings this intention to life for regional businesses.

Mark White, Dell Scotland site lead comments: “When we launched this programme we were confident that the Scottish scale-up environment was thriving.  We were still pleasantly surprised at the quality and breadth of the entries, a testament to the future of Scottish industry.

“IbisVision and Newslines are very different companies but both are working in areas that are ready for disruption.  We knew when we met with them that we could partner with them to help them thrive and I’m looking forward to working with them through the next year on our DellScotIgnite journey.”

Tweet this:  Congratulations to @IbisVision and @teamnewslines!  Named as the first to enter the @DellUK #DellScotIgnite programme

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