First Start-Up Announced For Catalyst 6

It’s been a just matter of weeks since we waved off the outstanding line up of companies who formed the cohort for Catalyst 5 and already we have news of the first company chosen to start the 2017-18 programme this coming Autumn.

Congratulations to Amodisc and its three founders Ad Gandhe, Ollie Wylie and Matt Turner.

The Hampshire-based start-up, whose name is derived from ‘Amo Discere’ (“I love to learn”), aims to make professional learning more accessible and more fun. With a collaborative platform and a suite of smartphone simulators, the learning experience is enhanced and users will be able to connect, discuss and learn from each other, whatever their discipline.

Ad Gandhe, Amodisc Founder and CEO, said of the news: “We’re thrilled to have been invited onto the Catalyst programme. We feel we have already gained a tremendous amount from the Catalyst team in the short time we have spent there. We are looking forward to ‘sinking our teeth in’, accelerating the business and widening our network further with our mentors’ guidance.”

Peter Birkett, CEO of the University of Southampton Science Park which hosts the Catalyst Centre, commented: “Last year, we had the largest and most diverse group of start-ups yet participating in our business incubation programme. Judging by the applications we’ve seen so far this year will be no different.”

He continued: “It’s immensely encouraging that the world of science and technology continues unabated in the midst of so much economic and political uncertainty. Indeed some of the best and most successful businesses are born in times like these: solving real life problems is what profitable businesses do. Our job here at Catalyst is to unearth these exciting concepts and to propel them on their way to profit as quickly as possible.

Watch out for news of more companies making the grade for Catalyst 6 and keep up to date with Amodisc’s progress here.

If you have an innovative science or technology-led idea and the drive to build a business, why not apply for the Catalyst programme yourself?  You don’t need a business plan: just a great idea and a great deal of passion.  Applications are now open for the 2017-18 cohort here.