who are we
The Smart Things Accelerator Centre is a unique IOT tech accelerator dedicated to scaling start-ups to become sustainable, globally competitive companies.
We are focused on supporting our cohort to have the highest chance of long term success, through meaningful mentorship delivered over an 18 month proven program, and supported directly by industry.
STAC is a not for profit organisation founded by Gregor Aikman of Filament, Paul Winstanley of CENSIS, and Paul Wilson our CEO. Everything we do is towards growing the Smart Things industry in Scotland, and to propel entrepreneurs, start-ups and organisations to perform on a global stage.
Paul wilson, CEO
Demonstrated history in wireless, smart and IoT industry products for giants such as Blackberry and Wistron. Experience in Smart Home, IoT and Med Tech products and building partnership eco-systems in wireless, cloud, data analytics and technology providers.
gregor aikman, COO
Expansive product portfolio facilitating the release of over 100 products in IoT, Sports Tech, Renewables, Med Tech, Smart Buildings, Circular Economy and FMCG. Experienced Human Centred Design, Customer Experience and Design Thinking consultant.
paul winstanley, NXD
A seasoned entrepreneurial executive with a substantial track record for applying innovation in the defence, security, transport and medical sectors spanning Academia, Government, SMEs and International PLCs.
Nick is a senior digital business strategist with 25+ years broad experience in design, marketing/sales and technology. After 8 years with IBM Watson Marketing, Salesforce Marketing and The Hut Group delivering transformation visions and roadmaps for enterprise clients, Nick is ready to apply digital industry business experience as a mentor at Filament STAC.
With a background in tech product development, new product introduction and educating future product design engineers, joining STAC is a natural progression for Aileen. Finding it both rewarding and exciting to use that experience in helping young smart tech businesses through the product creation process within a robust accelerator programme framework.
As an experienced business professional, Martin will use his wisdom to make the cohort successful. Having been in smart technology sales and management positions for over 25 years, Martin is looking forward to delivering Sales, Business Development and Product Management mentorship.
As a human resources recruitment specialist, with 18 years experience, LeighAnne will connect and support the cohorts at the early stages of their business. Experience from the recruitment industry as well as being an accredited coach means LeighAnne will share her expertise with the cohorts and contribute to their success.
ronnie darroch, chair
EVP & Regional President Plexus EMEA at Plexus Corp.
craig lynn, nxd
Co-founder / Director at Filament PD Ltd
CEO Ember Consumer & President Ember Healthcare
Head of Sustainability – Global Consumer & Manufacturing at PA Consulting
Head of Department, Product Design Engineering at Glasgow School of Art & University of Glasgow
CEO, NXD, Board Adviser, Angel Investor at Gabriel Investments, Transformation
Transformational leader with experience in leading, building and turning around
technology businesses. Co-founded and built through exit both a SaaS business and
an enterprise software business. Track record of restructuring and refinancing
businesses working in close collaboration with investors and advisers.
Professor of Leadership and Enterprise at the University of Glasgow’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Dumfries Campus.
A globally recognised leader in delivering business benefit from emerging and disruptive technologies. Winning international awards for innovation, Douglas is an expert in the application of Agile methodologies in both software development and general business strategy. Providing strategy and M&A advice to Private Equity and Venture Capital investors and mentoring companies in the telecoms and emerging technology sectors.
Founder and Head of Data and Analytics of Arceptive
Founder and CEO of Bizvento
Recognized for working with corporate, academia, public services, and start-ups as the interface between technology and business. Always looking for cutting-edge technologies to improve the performance of services, processes, teams, and organisations with a focus on enabling technologies in the field of data science and scalable web platforms.
Unlike other accelerators, STAC has positioned a specific ecosystem required to launch, support and scale Smart Things companies.
Sound interesting? Are you an established organisation already engaged in the Tech space? Ready to boost what STAC offers? Get in touch!
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