Funding for graduates after hitting the right note
Teesside University graduates have won a DigitalCity Fellowship with their plans to setup a sound and music production company.
Damon Jenkin, Luke Winfield and Chris Winter graduated this year from Teesside University’s B.Sc (Hons) Music Technology course, during which time they came up with the idea of Sound Particle Labs, which will create sound for industries such as gaming and applications, film and TV, and virtual reality.
The trio received a £1,500 bursary from DigitalCity after applying for funding from the programme, which offers successful applicants access to the university’s facilities, mentoring from a pool of industry experts and up to £4,000 funding to cover their living costs.
Jenkin said: "There aren’t a lot of jobs around in sound production in this area, so we decided to create our own.
"We’ve worked together since we were in year one of the course, and we each have our own speciality in the field, so we collaborate really well.
"We have our eye on providing services to the big companies in this field. For instance, there are very few people providing bespoke music and sound for virtual reality environments, so we feel there’s a major niche to be filled."
One of the key aims of the programme is to "encourage talented young people to stay in the region".
Winter said: "Teesside has such a good reputation for digital innovation that a lot of people from the South are looking up here for skills. You no longer need to go to London."
DigitalCity recently welcomed a wave of new businesses onto its fellowship scheme.
The Fellowship scheme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.