StartUp Studio: An interview with Mike Oaten

An interview with Mike Oaten of Regulation Technologies.


Regulation Technologies is a Somerset-based information technology startup taking part in the Tech South West StartUp Studio, an accelerator for early-stage startups delivered with Activate and Skowt Consulting, in partnership with Astley Media, Azure, RSM and Granted Consultancy.

Mike shares his experience of the Tech South West StartUp Studio, what he has learned, and his ambitions for the future.

How are you finding the Tech South West StartUp Studio programme so far?

It’s been great, a packed 6 weeks with each week focussing on a key part of the start-up process from market research right through to user journeys and investment preparation. Activate, who devised and delivered the programme, have very many years of experience in this space and it was evident.

What has been the hardest part of the accelerator programme?

There is a lot of work to get through. I had several late nights but was rewarded with a similar number of ‘aha’ moments. I’ve previously attended in person accelerators, and as this one was remote, it took more time to get to know everyone.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve taken from the programme so far?

Really understand your users. This is in one of the weekly modules and on the back of this work we overhauled our branding, website and marketing communications as well as the user journey.

What do you hope to get out of the programme – personally and for the business?

For the business we were coming to the end of a long period of technical development and wanted to refine our market proposition and it has been great for that. Personally, I’ve had some priceless advice and bonded with fellow entrepreneurs and I’m sure those relationships will continue after the programme comes to a close.


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