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09 December 2013

Helping to make a success story - Children's Qur'anic Pop-up Book

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Elephant_imageCrowdfunding is all the rage these days, as it has proved a real alternative route for funding a new idea or product.

The current top three are Kickstarter, Indiegogo and RocketHub, with new players appearing almost daily.

So I was not surprised to find that one of our customers had taken this approach to get funding for her Children's Qur'anic Pop-up Book and 3D app. Hajera Memon is the Managing Director of Shade 7 Limited and has launched their funding campaign this week on Indiegogo.

I don't really need to tell you too much here about the project to fund their first book Story of The Elephant: Surah Al-Fil, because the funding page is pretty comprehensive. But their aim is to become a global, multilingual publisher of premium pop-up Qur’anic educational story books and digital apps that help children learn about Islam in a fun way.

It was great to hear that Hajera was invited to the Small Business Saturday launch event at No. 11 Downing Street in early December:

I had the amazing opportunity to meet Chancellor George Osborne and show him the pop-up book – which he really liked!

Even nicer was to read her comments about the Business & IP Centre:

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your extensive time, patience and support with the development of this project and for getting us to this exciting stage!

You’re a really special group of people whom I’m very grateful to know and you make me feel so pleased with the decision to try and join the entrepreneurial world, regardless of how things turn out! You’ve all added your own special contributions to my start-up journey and I really wanted to say thank you.

It is with your encouragement that I have had the strength to continue with each stage of the business and I really appreciate the efforts and invaluable advice you’ve all shared with me throughout. I pray this venture is successful and will be something you can all be proud of!



Neil Infield on behalf of the Business & IP Centre

08 July 2013

Congratulations to our FSB London Business award winners!

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Congratulations to our two award-winning Innovating for Growth businesses who have recently been recognised for their business achievements in the Federation of Small Businesses London Business Awards 2013.  

We’re delighted to hear that Flying Fantastic have been named winners of the Best New Business 2013. 

Flying fantasticFlying Fantastic have a totally unique take on exercise and keeping fit with an aerial fitness centre offering aerial silks, aerial Pilates, aerial slings and aerial yoga. As a recent Pilates convert, I struggle enough with my feet on the ground so can’t imagine the difficulty of aerial Pilates!

Identified by our small-business support programme as a fast-growth business earlier this year, they’re destined to reach even headier heights!

Double congratulations to Ohyo  who won Enterpiring Business 2013 and founder, Guy Jeremiah who was runner up in the Real Life Entrepreneur category.

The innovative Ohyo water bottle can be carried in a pocket and reused up to 10,000 times! Defying the BBC Dragon’s predictions, Ohyo has gone from strength to strength and is now stocked in major retailer, Boots. And can also be spotted on most of the desks of the Business & IP Centre team too!

Ohyo collapsible water bottle

Since starting, Guy has used the Centre for a variety of reasons and more recently has been a member of Innovating for Growth, receiving ÂŁ10,000 worth of bespoke advice and support to help his business get even bigger and better.

Congratulations to Flying Fantastic and Ohyo!

If you want to apply for ÂŁ10,000 worth of bespoke advice and support for your business, have a look at our Innovating for Growth programme and see if you qualify. 

Innovating for Growth is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. 



Chloe Titcomb on behalf of Business & IP Centre