What was the focus of Jamie’s PhD?
“We were very interested in the nature of evidence, or data, that could be collected from a computing system in the course of an investigation. We were of the opinion that the kind of data being collected was not good quality and therefore we wanted to understand what we could discover that would be sound from a Forensic Perspective but also ensure that the privacy of the individual was preserved. The technology that I investigated during the PhD would form the basis of the eventual spinout ZoneFox.“
Jamie Graves has recently been appointed as one of two Entrepreneurs in Residence at Edinburgh Napier University, along with Robert Goodfellow.
What is Jamie’s current role?
"I am currently Entrepreneur in Residence at ENU which is great as I get to meet a lot of aspiring entrepreneurs with great ideas. I also work with a number of startups at different stages in order to help them with their own journey. I really enjoy being able to work with these companies as they each face unique challenges.”
Through the Royal Society-funded programme, Jamie and Robert will spend 20 per cent of their time over a 12-month period with the university. They will share their experiences and help to mentor, inspire and support students and academics with entrepreneurial goals and ideas.
Jamie will be based in the School of Computing. Robert Goodfellow, previously Head of Enterprise & Business Development at Heriot-Watt University, will be working closely with the School of Applied Sciences.
Only one other university in Scotland is represented on the list of 16 entrepreneurs awarded a place on the scheme for 2021.
What is Jamie looking forward to most about being an Entrepreneur in Residence?
“Working with aspiring entrepreneurs in order to help them understand how to take their ideas into the market. I love to find out about the latest ideas or technologies so this is going to be a lot of fun. I also want to help the Scottish start-up ecosystem thrive as it will have a positive impact on lives and the economy.
“ENU was the place that helped me launch my career and it's only right that I help by giving back some of the support I received.”
Learn more about the Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative.
What advice would Jamie give to someone wanting to follow in his footsteps?
“Get yourself a mentor and find a team of people with complementary skills. It's tough running a business and doing it by yourself can be very difficult.”