Learning disability technology specialists clinch funding

William Britton

Bristol-based technology company, Inclusive Media Solutions, is to further develop its products that help people with learning disabilities and other cognitive impairments following funding from the Bristol Private Equity Club.

Based in Engine Shed, they developed AutonoMe, a support system that combines the power of video and mobile technology to help with everyday tasks.

Users can access videos that show them tasks such as making a cup of coffee or using a washing machine through their mobile or tablet simply by scanning household items.

The firm has secured £150,000 of funding to help it develop the product, which was incubated with SETsquared in Bristol.

Jerry Barnes of Bristol Private Equity Club said: “We have successful entrepreneurs with some spare capital who want to support businesses in the Bristol and Bath areas. As well as being a source of funds we have a tremendous pool of talent with experience that can help businesses grow.

“The AutonoMe project appealed to our members as it is innovative and ambitious and has the potential to be very successful and provide real support in the care sector.”

William Britton, founder and CEO of Inclusive Media Solutions said: “To have the support of local business people is so much better than dealing with anonymous banks or funds in London.  We have plans to add a variety of additional features to the product and recruit staff to support our expanding users and clients.

“AutonoMe came about in 2015 because after years of teaching as a lecturer and Assistive Technology specialist for students with learning disabilities I became increasingly frustrated at the lack of cost effective, 21st century mobile technology available to students.

“Within the first year AutonoMe had clients in housing, education, local authorities and support providers across the South West.”