Exciting News as the EBar team grows
Today (Monday 14th May 2018) we welcome Kyle, our new Product Development Engineer who has recently finished his Product Development MEng degree at Strathclyde University. Kyle will be principally responsible for driving forward product development and will be responsible for designing the EBar to achieve the optimum balance of features and manufacturing cost.
EBar Initiatives are hiring!
We are looking for an entrepreneurial engineer who can drive our business forwards. If this is you – or you know of someone who fits the bill please recommend the below job advert to them!
Following a significant progress in 2017 alongside a ScottishEDGE win we are looking to grow rapidly during 2018! Please share this role far and wide and help us find someone amazing to join our team!
EBar visits BevExpo 2018 at the Ricoh, Coventry
EBar Initiatives visits UK BevExpo 2018 at the Ricoh Coventry. On 23rd January EBar attended the Bev Expo held at the fantastic Ricoh Arena to undertake market research, identify potential suppliers and scout out competition.
The event was thoroughly enjoyable – if a little smaller than it’s cousins at Munich or Nuremberg.
There was an opportunity to ‘ask the brand owner’ as Heineken and Courage provided technical seminars.
All in all a very good event which provided invaluable insight to the business.
EBar Initiatives wins £75,000 at Scottish EDGE round 11
The solution to long bar queues at major sports and music events is one step closer to reality, thanks to an an ambitious concept to provide self-service drink dispensers capable of pouring perfect pints in seconds.
EBar Initiatives, the company behind this innovative concept, was awarded £75,000 to support further product development and market trials at the Scottish EDGE awards last week. The event, held at the Edinburgh headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland, saw a celebration of Scotland’s entrepreneurial talent with some of the country’s most innovative businesses pitching to win funding from a £1m prize pot.
Sam Pettipher, co-founder of EBar Initiatives Ltd, said “we are delighted to have been recognised as one of Scotland’s most innovative companies through an award of £75,000 Scottish EDGE funding. This support will enable us to rapidly accelerate development of the EBar® dispenser; taking us one step closer to significantly improving the bar experience at major events.”
In addition to the funding, the firm will benefit from mentorship provided by some of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs.
EBar through to Scottish EDGE Round 11 finals!
Aberdeen based EBar Initiatives were selected from over 240 applicants to compete for up to £150,000 at the Scottish EDGE finals in Edinburgh. The firm, having narrowly missed out on funding in the Round 10 finals, will have a second opportunity to pitch to win substantial funding.
Sam Pettipher, Managing Director responded to the news stating “It is great that we get a second chance to wow the Gogarburn audience – the best thing is that we are so much further down the road than back in June”.
If successful at the final Scottish EDGE funding could provide up to £150,000 to help the business introduce its innovative product to the market.
EBar launches external funding round…
Following a busy summer developing their prototype, Aberdeen based, EBar Initiatives Ltd has launched its first external funding round. Having previously been funded by founder and adviser capital the company targets Round 1 finance of £250,000.
Commenting on the funding round launch, Managing Director Sam Pettipher stated “£250,000 from this funding round would massively propel our business forwards and allow us to fulfil our ambitious market entry plans during 2018”.
Interested parties should get in contact with EBar Initiatives Ltd quickly as the round is expected to be oversubscribed.
EBar Initiatives visit drinktec 2017
Visiting one of the world’s largest drink technology conventions provides incredible insight into currently industry trends. The sheer size and scale of the convention was something – with some of the world’s biggest companies sponsoring entire halls.
But the event in Munich didn’t feel all that far from home with familiar names such as Brewdog,
There were a huge array of wild and wonderful technology innovations from automated packing robots to a saxophone drinks font.
and of course – a drink technology convention also involves some free beer to see how the technology works (with the focus entirely on the technology obviously)
We thoroughly look forward to drinktec 2021 where hopefully EBar will be presenting our latest market innovation.
Sam Pettipher shortlisted for RBS Entrepreneur of the year awards
Sam Pettipher, co-founder of EBar Initiatives has been shortlisted for two RBS GB Entrepreneur of the year awards (Start-up Entrepreneur of the year & #GoDo Entrepreneur of the year).
“Being invited to the shortlist from over 1000 entrants is quite humbling” says Sam Pettipher, “particularly as we have only just started our business and intend on entering the market and creating substantial ripples in the near future”. The Edinburgh shortlist comprises of an excellent array of talented entrepreneurs and is available from the Great British Entrepreneur Awards website.
In deciding to shortlist Sam the judges stated the following comments
“Sam Pettipher is co-Founder of EBar Initiatives Ltd, an Aberdeen-based company developing a rapid beverage dispensing device. A unique and innovative start-up, Ebar is enabling events operators to meet high drinks demands in a way that avoids traditional capital investment in infrastructure.”
“Sam has an enviable growth mind-set and possesses huge drive and ambition. Finding a new way of doing things to alleviate a problem he’d encountered, Sam is disrupting a market in which he previously had no knowledge or expertise, acting on a vision of how he felt the industry should be.”
Awards for the respective categories will be made at a prestigious gala final on the 21st November 2017. However, as such a young start-up we are so proud to have even been nominated at this stage.
EBar Initiatives have been invited to participate in the prestigious ‘Can Do Scale’ Summer Camp.
On the back of the disappointment from not securing Scottish EDGE funding, EBar Initiatives have been invited to take part in a residential camp with two leading entrepreneurial academics from MIT and South Carolina. The ‘Can Do Scale’ summer camp is designed for businesses with high growth potential in excess of £1.5m turnover from international growth. Participants will undertake intensively network, lecture sessions and group discussions with guest lecturers Noam Wasserman (Founders Dilemma’s) and Bill Aulet (Disciplined Entrepreneur).
We are proud to have been selected to participate in this highly competitive programme and will be sure to make the most of it. Having studied the two academics as part of a year long MBA programme at Robert Gordon University it will be fascinating to engage in person with goliath’s of the entrepreneurial community.
This comes at a perfect time as EBar progress the developing of our prototype device.
More details on the ‘Can Do Scale’ summer school can be found at http://www.cando.scot/