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.

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.”