We’ve recently welcomed the first cohort of startups to the Geovation Scotland accelerator and over the next few blogs we’ll be introducing the three startups that make up this brand new programme. First up is Folarity:
Q: Who is the founder behind Folarity, and what is your background?
A: I am Martin Warne the founder of Folarity. After finishing an MEng in Computer Science, I worked in the London start-up scene helping to cofound Do Nation. Eventually I went back to university and got an MSc in Environmental Forestry.
Q: Tell us the story behind your startup – why did you start your company?
A: While gaining the Environmental Forestry degree the lack of technology used in the industry really stood out as I was aware of the benefits being missed out on. With my background in software development and my newly acquired forestry knowledge I started Folarity to address this issue. Forest Planner is our first product.
Q: What does success look like for you?
A: Currently the UK has just 13% forest cover compared to the European average of 44%. Success would be helping to close this gap while simultaneously increasing biodiversity and helping to mitigate climate change.
Q: What’s your biggest achievement so far?
A:Getting into Geovation Scotland. It has changed the project from a slowly developing side gig to a fully supported startup allowing Forest Planner to get to market much quicker.
Q: What are your plans for your startup over the next six months?
A:The goal is to be running a pilot with several forestry companies to understand how well Forest Planner addresses their needs and where improvements can be made.
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself?
A: At university I wrote a squirrel simulation, so I know facts about squirrels no one needs to know. I’m now waiting for the day there’s a squirrel round in a pub quiz