The students revolutionising dental cleaning
Student entrepreneurs and last year’s CitySpark winners take the next step with Plaque Checker app
City alumni who have designed an innovative new app to improve dental hygiene have been accepted onto a London business accelerator. Plaque Checker was created by Engineering alumnae Hawaa Budraa and Gina Dorodvand who won stage two of CitySpark in 2014/15 with their idea. They have now moved on to the Accelerator programme, Bethnal Green Ventures, where they will be growing their business in the coming months.
As one of the prizes for winning CitySpark, Hawaa and Gina were accepted onto the FFWD accelerator programme. The six week programme covered topics such as finance, tech and marketing from a blend of industry experts and mentors. Hawaa says FFWD was “extremely helpful” in enabling them to build their business case and move forward towards applying to accelerators.
Hawaa said: "I met one of the founders of Bethnal Green Ventures at FFWD, and created a connection with Glen who told me about his program and how to apply. The application and interview were scary. But Bethnal Green Ventures are lovely and will be really helping to solidify our product and our target market."
The students are now undergoing user research, working to understand the market and developing the software. They are hoping to launch in the next year and are looking for volunteers to provide input into the research.
“What’s really exciting at the moment is that we are doing user testing and preparing for beta testing,” Hawaa said. “We would love for people to sign up to take part in pilot testing. If you're interested in getting involved, do get in contact via our website, twitter or email.”
To keep people informed on their idea’s progress Hawaa and Gina regularly update their website, blog and twitter pages with the latest information. The students have also started a vlog on YouTube to share their journey as young female entrepreneurs. Through this vlog they hope to inspire other young people to get on board with the idea.
For more information or to help the students with testing, email Hawaa@plaquechecker.com or visit their website or twitter.
Startup accelerators also know as seed accelerators are fixed-term programmes that provide business education, mentoring, coaching and networking to startup entrepreneurs.