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SplashMaps founder to appear on TV’s Dragons’ Den

Digital Arts Programme Eastleigh member David Overton will step into BBC’s Dragons’ Den this Sunday 31st July, in the hope of securing a life-changing sum of money from the five notoriously hard-to-please investors.

David’s company SplashMaps make weatherproof fabric maps for hikers, cyclists and outdoor adventurers which do not fall apart in the rain, unlike standard paper maps.

Presented by Evan Davis, Dragons’ Den began its 14th series on Sunday and has given out over £13 million to start-ups that have successfully won over the dragons since its inception in 2005.

SplashMaps have recently collaborated with multi-national cosmetics brand Lush to create a range of European city ‘MapWraps’, which can be used to store Lush’s range of solid-state toiletries during flights and then become an essential guide upon arrival.

Splashmaps 032016 (57 of 61) (1)Previously, the company has also worked with a Tec Hub founder, Blue Donut Studios, to design the ‘Harry’s Hampshire’ augmented reality map (pictured) for Eastleigh Borough Council’s Road to Agincourt project.

SplashMaps are currently a member of the Digital Arts Programme based here at Tec Hub, which provides start-up creative digital businesses the support they need to get their ideas up and running.

Memberships cost just £90 + VAT per year and entitle members to use the Tec Hub workspace, as well as promotional, business and financial advice and priority access to pitch for live projects run by the council. If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here.

David’s episode will air on BBC Two at 9 pm on Sunday 31st July, and will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards.

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