New facillities from October

Razorbill Instruments has recently outgrown their current facilities in the University of St Andrews and will be taking up residence from October in the Higgs Centre for Innovation a soon to open office and research complex housed at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, on the top of Blackford Hill overlooking the city of Edinburgh. The facility offers not just panoramic views, but state-of-the-art cryostats and assembly workshops as well as space for the company to grow into.


Picture source: ROE


Mercia Fund Pitch Competition Win

Today, the Mercia Fund, awarded Razorbill Instruments first place in their Q1 business pitch competition. The Mercia Fund is a west Midlands-based Venture Capital provider that has forged close links with a network of UK universities to provide early investment in technology driven start-ups and spin-outs. The business competition consisted of round 1, judged on an executive summary, followed by a final consisting of a pitch to the Mercia Fund’s investment panel.

Razorbill Instruments saw off some tough competition to be awarded the cash prize, which we will go towards the development of our first product, a  robust and reliable nanopositioner for a wide range of industrial and academic nanotechnology uses. The competition win represented, not just a another validation of Razorbill Instrument’s business proposition but a unique opportunity to engage with major venture capital firm.

Alex Ward, Managing Director of Razorbill Instruments said “I am thrilled with this win and delighted the Mercia Fund have endorsed our vision of Razorbill’s future in the nanotechnology and research tool market. We are taking our first steps towards being a global player, offering high quality research tools to this large and growing market.”

The Mercia Fund press release can be found here. Alternative the story is covered by Angel News.

Applied Photonics CDT annual conference

CDT-LogoAlex Ward, of Razorbill Instruments has been invited to talk at Applied Photonics CDT annual conference 2015 ( to talk about Razorbill Instrument’s recent successes in Converge Challenge and the transition from academia to the world of business.

The Applied Photonics Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is the UK’s longest running centre that provides doctorate level training in the field of photonics. It is spread across 5 Universities in Scotland and has close links to numerous companies within the field.

If you happen to be attending the conference, that takes place at Heriot Watt on Friday 26th June, do drop by and say hello!


Alex Ward, speaker at SU2P symposium 2015

Alex Ward attended the photonics symposium SU2P, this year hosted by the University of St Andrews to give talk on his experiences at Converge Challenge and in founding a start-up company. Alex is a regualr at the symposium having been an invite speaker in the previous year as well.

Though the main thrust of the talk centred around scotland premier accademic business competition, Converge Challenge, he also found addition time in his slot to promote the Razorbill Positioner product launch in spring 2015 and to appeal for beta testers. His well-attended talk generated a lot of interest and stimulated several questions  from the predominantly accademic audience. The full details of SU2P can be found at

Razorbill Instruments reach final of Mercia Fund Pitch Competition

Razorbill Instruments have placed in the top three applicants in a UK-wide business competition for start-ups in the electronics and hardware, advanced materials, and engineering and specialised manufacturing sectors, administrated by the Mercia Fund. In the final, Alex Ward will be pitching to the Mercia Fund investment team.

Mercia Fund Management is one of the leading technology investors in the UK. They specialise in early stage technology start-ups, providing early stage, development and growth capital to young companies whilst being strategically positioned to allocate follow-on capital to these businesses once they have a proven track-record.