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The runners up and winners at the E club pitching competition
The runners up and winners at the E club pitching competition
Natasha Goldstein (second from left), Raimundo Gonzalez (third from left), and Dr Brian Hamilton pick up their awards
Image: David P Scott

Two Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) alumni and an Acoustics and Audio Group (AAG) researcher have been commended in the E Club pitching competition at the 2017 Edinburgh Startup Festival.

Natasha Goldstein, a Graphic Design – BA (Hons) graduate, won the “Venture Development” category for Co&Co, an interdisciplinary online co-working platform for students that she founded in her final year at ECA.

Dr Brian Hamilton, a postdoctoral researcher in AAG, won first prize in the “Novel Ideas” category, for his work on large-scale architectural acoustic simulations. The AAG is an interdisciplinary teaching and research group at University of Edinburgh, with many of its members based at Reid School of Music.

And Raimundo Gonzalez, a recent Acoustics and Music Technology - MSc graduate, also came runner-up in the “Venture Development” category for his ongoing work in new methods for binaural rendering on mobile platforms – a system known as BinauraVR.

The Startup Festival is organised by the University of Edinburgh Business School, and aims to offer “inspiration, networking opportunities, knowledge & skills to entrepreneurs, students who are curious about their potential, and anyone in the city who plays a part in making Edinburgh a great place to live, study and work.”