After a couple of sleepless nights and, cramp in my fingers from crossing them so tightly. I am absolutely thrilled to be typing that Pixey has been awarded the Young Scottish Edge Award.
This month, the Young Scot Edge winners will be attending the Royal Bank of Scotland conference centre to be presented their winning prize money of up to £10, 000.
Winning this award has been such a lovely, and surprise, for me, and further. Not only will it help drive my business forward it also provides further validation that made the right move to leave my job back in 2015 to follow a risky pipe dream.
Pixey was born out of frustration to find authentic images from stock photography websites. After having a brain wave, I thought, ‘Why should I be stuck using this rubbish when Instagram has such beautiful images?’. That was the moment that my life changed.
Pixey, in a nutshell, is a web platform that essentially allows marketers and businesses to search for photography posted onto Instagram and, then acquire a license for the photography to be used for their marketing needs.
Since our launch in January, we have had around 200 users join the site with very little marketing. We are yet to have a full launch campaign as right now the software is still in development. We have a few exciting things up our sleeves, so watch this space.
My biggest challenge to date with Pixey has been finding funding to grow the business. Winning the Scot Edge award will go towards funding another team member to come into the business. We recently closed a small round of investment through Robin Know and Paul Walton, intelligentpos® co-founders, and are looking to close a larger round at the end of this month.
This is a really exciting time for me and my business, and it gives me time to reflect on what an amazing entrepreneurial community Edinburgh boasts. Organisations like Investing Women have been so supportive in my success, and I do not doubt without their events such as the Ambition in Growth conference, or a day with the angels, I would be quite the women I am today.
Sarah Stenhouse, Pixey