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University Start-ups Tipped for Success

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Two technology start-ups with close ties to the University of Aberdeen have been tipped as future energy industry stars following their selection for the TechX Pioneer technology accelerator programme.

RAB Microfluidics and Blue Gentoo will each receive £25,000 in seed funding to help develop their business as part of a 16-week programme, which starts at the Oil & Gas Technology Centre in June.

Blue Gentoo was founded by University of Aberdeen alumnus Phil Bremner and is developing a gas hydrate management solution to provide real-time monitoring of gas production flow.

Meanwhile RAB Microfluidics was formed by Rotimi Alabi, a University of Aberdeen graduate who transformed his PhD into a business idea with support from the University. The business offers oil analysis to businesses through 'lab-on-a-chip' technology that aims to reduce maintenance and repair costs for heavy equipment.

The companies are part of 10 technology start-ups to make it into the Pioneer programme following a pitch to a panel of industry experts and academia, who are looking for solutions that could transform the future of the oil and gas industry.