TickleTec was founded in 2016 with very little cash but a great idea.
Rather than dilute itself with investors it entered its product concept in an annual product design competition run by the UK Design Council called Spark. Success would bring both training and funding without costing equity or imposing the burden of loans.
TickleFLEX was selected as one of the 2016 Spark winners, bringing the resources to make the difference. This wasn’t just finance, but the Design Council’s prestige and recognition with a fast track into other resources such as our Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) group called “Coast to Capital”. In early 2017 the indomitable Amanda Geel introduced TickleTec to Bola Lafe, Managing Director of Opus Innovations, an established and award-winning healthcare products manufacturer and distributor, who also won the accolade of ’2014 New Business of the Year’ in the prestigious Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. The introduction to Opus was a perfect fit for TickleTec, with both personal and corporate synergy, and Opus has already added significant value in the development, marketing and roll out of TickleFLEX.
Sticking with the winning formula of innovating to solve well understood personal needs, TickleTec will focus on developing new products, whilst Opus will focus on bringing them to market. These products will particularly address other endemic issues suffered by diabetics, such as in podiatry and neuropathy. Watch this space...
Our mission is the same as the purpose of TickleFLEX - 'to improve the lives of diabetics'.