We had the pleasure of hosting Anna Kennedy OBE at TechHub London. She was joined by charity champion Nikki Etienne in meeting with Inas Ismail and Omar Massoud, the co-founders of Autsera and Andrew Tibbitts, COO of TechHub.
Anna, who is founder of the UK-based charity Anna Kennedy Online and founder of the Autism Got Talent and Autism Hero awards, pledged generously to the Autsera crowdfunding campaign last December and chose the "start-up experience for a day" as her reward for supporting our project.
Anna said “(we) are keen to see how this new project develops in the coming months. TechHub was a real hub of activity, creativity and an inspiring environment for growing businesses. Loved the can-do attitude.”
“We are looking forward to future collaborations with Anna Kennedy to support autistic children and their families,” said Inas.
We promised you that your support will go towards strengthening our team and bringing our games faster to you. We are excited to have Hend and David join us this January.
What is your name? Hend Badawy.
What do you do? I am a child psychiatrist and a play therapist.
What is your connection with autism? I have worked with autistic children for many years, on different levels and it was always inspiring to work with them and their families.
Why Autsera? Autsera is an innovative, fun, practical, and most importantly, accessible service. I hope that my experience in the mental health field will provide Autsera with an in-depth vision of how these children might feel, think and play.
What is your name? David Mynors.
What is your connection with autism? My best friend at secondary school was on the autism spectrum. I think we spoke to each other's inner nerd, and they introduced me to a number of shared interests I still enjoy today!
Why Autsera? It is a dynamic, worthwhile and fun place to work. I hope to lay the technical foundation upon which Autsera will grow and flourish.
We have great news to share with you about our NatWest Back Her Business crowdfunder campaign. With your support, we successfully raised £10,330 with 114 supporters in 28 days! We're already working hard building and testing to make effective social skills development games. With this funding, we will be able to grow our team of developers and bring these games to autistic children even sooner! Thank you for believing in us! Wishing you a Happy New Year and watch this space in 2020 for more exciting news from us.
Our Back Her Business crowdfunder campaign is going really well thanks to all our supporters. Not only did we hit our first milestone of reaching £2,500, we also managed to reach 100 supporters, and NatWest in turn pledged £5,000! We will only receive this funding if we reach our target of £10,000 in pledges by 27th December. This will help us launch our social skills development games much sooner and benefit up to 300,000 children! We can see the finish line! Please pledge and please share! For more information, please click here.
Over the past 12 weeks, Autsera was part of OpenDoor, an accelerator programme by Plexal, an innovation centre based in East London. The aim of the programme is to support solutions that can make work more inclusive. Last week we attended our cohort's graduation event along with eight other social entrepreneurs and had the opportunity to pitch our products and solutions to a room full of potential investors.
We hit our first milestone! Thanks to your support, we received pledges worth £2,500 and NatWest matched your pledges with a further £2,500! We now need to reach 100 supporters next week so NatWest can pledge yet another £2,500! Please share and keep those pledges coming! If we reach our target of £10,000 by 27th December we can launch our social skills development games much sooner and benefit more than 300,000 children! To make a pledge, please visit our Crowdfunder.
The last couple of weeks have been very eventful for us at Autsera. We continued testing our social skills development game with students at an autistic base in Forester's Primary School in Sutton, London. The children seemed to especially enjoy the video!
As we speak, we're already working hard building and testing to make effective social skills development games. With your support, we will be able to grow our team of developers and bring these games to autistic children even sooner.
If we get 100 pledges and hit our £5,000 target, NatWest Back Her Business, powered by Crowdfunder will match your pledge meaning we will get double the funds! We don't want to burden your finances. We invite you to pledge £5 and share with 5 people. We are also offering rewards in return for your pledges such as a Facebook shout-out, social media promotion for your page or business, a unique start-up experience, an invitation to test a game, a free year-long subscription to our first release, an invitation to our soft launch event and even a chance to name a character in our next game!
To find out more about the crowdfunder and make a pledge, please click here. Thank you for supporting us in this journey. We are counting on you!
We recently had the opportunity to demo our VR product in front of an audience at Google UK headquarters. Autsera won the audience’s vote and a prize of a one-hour mentoring session with Matthew Yeager, a top Google startup software architect engineer.
Autsera's co-founder, Inas Ismail, was part of a panel session organised by Google this week titled "Navigating Google". Each panelist gave a summary of their business and answered questions from the keen members of the audience around topics such as risk taking, problem solving and planning.
The panel included five female entrepreneurs in total, and was hosted by Lauren Rock, Product Marketing Manager, EMEA Marketing at Google. This panel session is part of an overarching event titled “Grow Your Career Your Way” held twice a year for Googlers and consisting of workshops and presentations.