From incubator idea to coffee creations

By Jack Stott - 21 December 2021

Freshly graduated from RGU with an MSc in Data Science, Ross McLean became a tenant of our on-campus incubator space for business ideas. While working in the space, he collaborated with other entrepreneurs all working on separate projects when their shared love of speciality and high-quality coffee brought them together.

They developed a business idea around connecting speciality coffee roasters with customers and businesses and Coffee Scotland was born.

Ross joined the RGU Startup Accelerator in 2019 and with the support of funding, mentorship and training the idea evolved to become Poco Roast. Since taking part in the programme, and prior to the pandemic Poco Roast set up their first outlet on the RGU campus supplying fresh coffee from different roasters each month. They’ve supplied to events, issued subscription orders and partnered with the Scotland Rugby squad to give customers access to the best fresh coffee available.

When describing his business journey, Ross said “RGU and its accelerator have been great. The people make it what it is, and there’s so much mentorship to help you turn the crazy ideas in your head into something that’s commercially viable. We’re surrounded by people wanting to do the same thing as us, so we’re being motivated to grow and develop even further.”

If you have an innovative idea and want support, get in touch with the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at RGU via the innovation pages of our website. The Regional Startup Accelerator 2022 is open for applications offering £5,000 in funding, five months of training and mentorship, co-working space, and more.

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