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Current Members

Joe McDonald Founder, 8-Bit Ape

8-Bit Ape make video games for desktop, browser and mobile and are currently developing multiplayer games for the AirConsole platform.


Grant Cox Founder, ArtasMedia

ArtasMedia specialises in the reconstruction and dissemination of digital heritage content, largely focusing on photo-realistic CGI, both still and animated.


Alex Barter – MD, Barter for Things

Barter for Things are aiming to develop an Internet-of-things (IoT) network across the Solent region through educating young people, businesses and homeowners of IoT’s potential.


Ainslie Chivers – Blunt Print

Blunt Print are a small local company with over 25 years experience in putting ink onto paper. They specialise in bespoke, custom made print including letterpress, embossing, litho and digital, and are resurrecting the art of traditional printmaking and hand finishing.


Chris Morley – Chris Morley Design

Chris is a freelance graphic and information designer who has produced work for clients such as Barclaycard and the NHS, as well as various councils and universities.


Betty Woods – The Creative Life Coach

As The Creative Life Coach, Betty provides a thinking environment to ignite the mind through creative thinking, structured goals and supportive challenge, via face to face meetings, Skype, email or telephone.


Dave Morley – Web Developer

Dave is a freelance developer with over 15 years experience in e-commerce and bespoke web application development. He has worked with a wide range of industries from helping to sell veg boxes online through to content managed websites for local television.

Steve Longhurst – MD, Double Tide

Double Tide develops software services focusing on game and app communications with users/players, using channels such as email, notifications, IMs and voice assistance.


Jerry Figueroa-Lee – Founder, Elevate UK

Elevate UK is a digital marketing agency working with unique businesses who aspire to be leaders in their field. Through combining advanced tools, techniques and technologies with specialist web development, conversion optimisation and paid search services, Elevate UK delivers enviable results which help their clients grow consistently.


Emma May CEO/Creative Director, Emmerse Studios

Emmerse Studios develop immersive experiences to improve mental health through gamification using VR, AR and Mobile App.


Louise Hall – Ervin Hall

Ervin Hall Ltd provides tailored (and affordable) legal support to small business and is passionate about startups and creatives, 



Alister Lam MD, Frugal Spark

Frugal Spark develop games and augmented reality applications for mobile, tablet and web supporting devices.


Lee Goodman – MD, Get Unified

Lee is a freelance web developer and designer with offices in Bournemouth and Southampton and has worked with clients including B&Q, Verteda and Charters.


David Overton – MD, SplashMaps

SplashMaps create high quality and high definition wearable and durable fabric maps using Open Ordnance Survey Map data.


Gavin Shefford – MD, Springcode

Software development company founded in 2001, currently developing mobile, desktop and Pebble watch apps for various clients.


Nick Thorne – MD, Winchester Innovation

Bespoke business software, app and information systems developer. Management consultancy with decades of industrial experience. Clients include the University of Southampton, NHS, Potentialife Ltd and the National Oceanography Centre.


Dan Godsall Founder, Work, Me and the Baby

WOMBA provide tailored training and coaching programmes for new parents and managers that span the transition out of, and back into the workplace.



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Tec Hub Founders

Fergus McNeill

Finblade are specialists in developing games for mobile platforms and working with licenses for companies such as Hasbro. They also create bespoke games and apps for clients including Nissan, Manchester United and Liverpool FC.

MD, Finblade


Marcus Pullen

Founder, Blue Donut Studios

Blue Donut Studios develop animations, comics, interactive apps for companies and social organisations as well as creating their own stories. 



Ben Mawson – 3DBARE: Music You Can Walk Inside. Virtual immersive audio rendering for the real world. benjaminmawson.com

Etienne Esmenjaud

MD, The Brand Tailor

The Brand Tailor are a graphic design and branding agency based in Southampton who work with businesses in the UK and overseas.


April Hodge

MD, Little Big Box

Little Big Box provides branding, web design and e-commerce services in the Southampton area.


Nick Thorne

MD, Winchester Innovation

Winchester Innovation develop mobile and web applications, specialising in information and analytics management systems for a range of industries.