10 Startups to Watch in Glasgow

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Freelance Journalist14 December 2017

The city of Glasgow is home to a wealth of talent in entrepreneurship and business, and those who want to create start-ups that benefit the wider community at large. There are many technology-based startups in Glasgow and the number of niche sectors that entrepreneurs are tapping into is increasing to cater for the growing demand of innovative products and services.

If youโ€™re considering starting your own business but need more inspiration, take a look at the our picks of startups in Glasgow, Scotland that will hopefully motivate you to get your creative cap on!

MindMate App

MindMate is an amazing app that aims to empower people living with dementia and Alzheimers by using the app to help with combatting cognitive decline. The app has already helped thousands of people around the world and is one of the fastest growing platforms for helping those with memory problems. The app contains innovative games, a section called โ€œMy Lifeโ€, tools and an entertainment section. MindMate also was invited to the renowned Techstars in New York and won the 2016 round, and has been growing from strength to strength ever since.


Soundbops is an innovative startup that creates musical building blocks and instruments for children from the age of three years old. The creative โ€˜soundbopsโ€™ enable children to explore how to create music with a physical product that they can actually play. The startup was formed in the heart of Glasgow and been working with a range of children, parents and teachers to introduce and crowdfund for their products.


If you are looking for a startup that is set to skyrocket to success, then Wooju certainly has the potential to do just that. Wooju is a startup that aims to answer all your questions. The company states that there are 84.6 million questions currently posted on Twitter every single day, but with this app you can simply snap a picture of your questions and hit send to get a second opinion. Your message is then sent to a select sample of users around the world, and you get back a poll showing the percentage of yes/no votes, making it easier to make a decision. The app is offered as a free app currently and is one way of having all your unanswered questions solved. Perfect for all those indecisive people out there.

JetX Engineering

This innovative startup is set to revolutionise aerospace engineering by bringing innovative products to university students and many others. The creators of JetX engineering have really outdone themselves in creating something extraordinary. JetX utilises the award-winning X-Plorer 1, which is the first 3D-printed jet engine model to feature and integrated monitoring system and it has redefined the way we think of using additive manufacture in a technically meaningful and educational purpose. The startup aims to help university students gain invaluable knowledge and experience.


Bird.i was founded by Corentin Guillo and aims to curate the worldโ€™s best satellite, airborne and drone imagery to create an up-to-date view of the world. The innovative startup is set to reach for the sky, utilising cutting edge technology to get a detailed picture of the world. The images curated can be perfect for those wishing to utilise satellite drone imagery in their work or for the media.

Rookie Oven

Rookie Oven is a leading startup which is set to further grow. The Glasgow-based startup offers a space for the Glasgow tech community enabling them to host a range of events and first class workspace for entrepreneurs to utilise and unleash their creativity. The startup states that the area of Fairfield Shipyard has been a hub of engineering excellence for over 150 years and this can further ignite production work in the tech sector. Rookie Oven is already home to businesses such as Add Jam, Sunstone Communications and Insurance By Jack.


Newslines is a growing startup that aims to collect, summarise and organise all the news around the world from the past to the present and turn them into easy to understand timelines which saves people skimming through an abundant amount of news sources found online. Newslines has already seen a staggering 3.2 million page views from over one million unique visitors and had entered the Entrepreneurial Spark Glasgow Accelerator.


Urbanminded is a startup which has created the innovative BikeVault product which is an on-street bike parking station that has a dock and built in lock which works with all bikes to keep them safe. The product is easy to use and is accessible via the Urbanminded mobile app, or existing RFID card. Urbanminded is currently hoping to expand their offerings and is in talks with local governments and transportation authorities in the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia and North America with regards to projects in their respective regions to really get the show moving.


Hulah is an artificial intelligence startup that aims to reduce the time and effort required to plan and book leisure travel. Hulah wants to make things easy for those wishing to travel and gets to know clients in real time, understands what they want, builds them tailored itineraries and books them โ€“ all in one place on desktop or mobile. Hulah combines the best of machine and human intelligence to make a new kind of travel agent utilising an AI-powered personal travel assistant.

The Kids Menu

The Kids Menu is a startup offering an online shopping platform that provides colorful kidsโ€™ menus, activity packs, placemats and crayons all in one place, which is especially ideal if you are a parent or caregiver. All you need to do is type in your childrenโ€™s preferences and get the best selection for your child. The activity packs are designed for children up to 12 years of age.

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