After a heated debate in during a tutorial in the engineering departmentofOxford university, the idea of a baby cot that used satellite folding technology was born (it could only happen in Oxford!).
2013 and with the support of the European space agency and The Said Business School, Dr Fujia Chen, Julian Jantke MSc and Dr You Zhong, held there first board meeting…in a local café over half a sausage roll, a pretzel and a pot green tea, and discussed the development of their first product; SpaceCot.
In 2014, after numerous prototypes perfecting SpaceCot’s mechanism, patents are filed with the support of the UK government. Sponsorship from the Department of Trade and industry followed as well as backing from several start-up accelerator programs and in 2015 Oxford Space structures (that’s what we called ourselves) secured funding from Innovate UK and took on investors and Key board members, this time over a proper desk in a real boardroom!
We could now focus on how to make lots of SpaceCots AND how to get them to parents aroundthe world. With a bit of sellotape here and a piece of string there, Shenzen, China, beckoned and by the beginning of 2016 our first production prototype had passed ALL of the UK and EU safety tests. We had chocolate croissants with our green tea that morning!
It was at this point we decided we needed a designer on board. Someone who thought like us, was passionate like us and appreciated our vision. After a bit of searching, Ben Parton became the forth member of the team…and promptly changed our name (cheek). With our new brand and our first product ready to start rolling off the production line and hitting the shops, we were set for the next chapter of the story…Aww.