The final startup in the first Geovation Scotland cohort is Walks & Waterfalls. Read our Q&A with them to find out more about their business:
Q: Who is the founder behind Walks & Waterfalls, and what is your background?
A: Oscar van Heek is film-maker and photographer having produced features and shorts and most recently wrote and directed a Dark Water for Scottish Opera and creative Scotland which opened at the Palm Springs festival. As a photographer Oscar has recently completed IRON HARVEST a series of prints and video installation detailing the live detonation of WW1 ammunition for the 100 years Armistice commemorations shown at Somerset House London 2019.
Q: Tell us the story behind your startup – why did you start your company?
A: The company was set up as a creative hub, initially to develop and produce film and media projects including photography. We have recently moved more towards digital publishing and Walks & Waterfalls aims to consolidate the photography with digital publishing to create a sustainable global brand.
Q: What does success look like for you?
A: We are currently commencing the app build for Walks & Waterfalls and aim to launch this in Scotland in the spring of 2020 as part of the year of ‘Coast & Waters’. Success would be to build on a successful collaboration with Ordnance Survey and Geovation Scotland and roll out the project to the rest of the UK and Ireland in 2021.
Q: What’s your biggest achievement so far?
A: Having the backing of Geovation Scotland and Ordnance Survey is has been a major boost to the project. It means having support and being able to ask for help when you need it which counts for a lot!
Q: What are your plans for your startup over the next six months?
A: We will build and test the app and then launch in spring/summer 2020. At the same time we aim to develop a marketing strategy, sustainable business plan and all being well attract business partners for the long term.
Q: Tell us something interesting about yourself?
A: Oscar has produced two feature films and last year was nominated for the Sony world photography awards for ‘The Iron Harvest’ a film and series of images commemorating 100 years since the first world war.