TechHub, the home of technology business start-ups in Swansea�s vibrant Wind Street, has just watched one of its founding fledglings fly the nest as social entrepreneur Peter Anderson and his VocalEyes Digital Democracy organisation have moved on and up - into their own base.
VocalEyes Digital Democracy is a digital technology social enterprise developing an advanced decision-making digital platform that works by helping people - in work, education, groups, or communities, come together to pool their ideas and make things better. Based in Wales, it�s available bilingually and has a mission to deliver and share ideas and projects to support social entrepreneurship and active citizenship.
It has worked with a range of organisations to transform the way the people they want to engage with communicate, ensuring decision-making has greater insight and accountability- alongside tangible outcomes. Many user-generated ideas can be turned into positive action to help organisations improve products, services, quality, efficiency and service-user satisfaction.
Peter was a founding member of TechHub Swansea when it first opened its doors in 2013.
VocalEyes Digital Democracy took up the TechHub offer including its environment, network and facilities, which in turn helped them experience exponential growth.
�TechHub was just the sort of environment we were looking for to start�, commented Peter Anderson.
�We started off with some flexi �hot desks� and soon took on resident status as our numbers grew. We took on a team assisted by the Jobs Growth Wales scheme and thanks to the excellent facilities at TechHub we were able to train and support our staff there�.
�It was also a great venue for hosting meetings and events, giving us a real confidence boost.�
VocalEyes Digital Democracy has gained traction in many educational settings, offering schools, colleges and universities a digital communication tool for encouraging their learners and staff to have their say on the running of their institutions and come up with ideas to improve things. As a result of this success they are now moving to University of Wales Trinity St David, making use of accommodation there and deepening their collaboration with the university.
As a member of TechHub, VocalEyes has benefitted from the vibrant open plan co-working space, high speed internet connection, desk space, use of meeting room facilities, a fixed business address and TechHub�s own internal network; not to forget most importantly, unlimited tea and coffee.
�We were always made to feel welcome when bringing clients in�,Peter added, �The attention to detail offered at the techHub helped make our operation run smoothly��.
One collaboration saw VocalEyes and another TechHub start-up - CodeMole - use its software at an event promoting coding and IT education in local schools. Delegates were able to use VocalEyes to contribute their ideas, rate, debate each other�s suggestions at the event and continue the �conversation� online afterwards.
It�s pivotal moments like this in which TechHub was created to establish cross-collaboration in its community so members can benefit from each others� expertise and services.
Paul Harwood, co-founder of TechHub Swansea said "VocalEyes is a fantastic example of the kind of entrepreneurship that we encourage within TechHub. Their team has been a real asset to the community and while we are sad to see them leave, we are really, really pleased that they are moving on to bigger things."