Name: Goutham KC
Course: MSc Enterprise and Business Creation
Tell us more about Lucasa
The business started as a project at Sync the City in 2016 in response to a fire that took the life of a boy. Based on our prototypes and research we designed a smart light that can house a fire alarm and echo dot. We pivoted multiple times to suit the markets need and identified a new problem with all our and existing products. We then started 3D printing and manufacturing switch cover plates for Philips Hue Dimmer switch which enables smart lights to remain smart lights.
Where did your funding/capital come from and how did you go about getting it? Was UEA part of this?
The UEA – Santander Do-It grant (£2000) gave us a boost in setting up the business. We were able to prototype and test the product making us ready for the market. It also helped fund our mould in India.
What have the biggest challenges been in setting up your own venture?
The biggest challenge was finding manufacturers/suppliers in India and China. This was due to language barriers, different time zones and cultural differences.
How did your time at UEA help you?
Through our masters in UEA and time spent at the enterprise centre helped us create a network and business contacts.
What advice would you give to other students and graduates looking to launch their own venture?
Don’t ignore any opportunity. Develop your network of people. And don’t be afraid to ask for things.