On 16th June 2020 in the midst of the first wave of the Covid pandemic, Olwg was born. Over the past twelve months they’ve been on a interesting and challenging journey. Since that first day twelve months ago much has changed. The company has grown, figuratively and physically into what it is today. Although there is still a way to go yet, what started as a little spark of an idea has evolved into something all involved are exceptionally proud of.
Here’s the story so far.
Spring 2020 was a time that many of us won’t forgot in a hurry. Due to the emergence of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) the government told us we all had to:
With much unknown about the virus there are an air of apprehension in the country. However for Tony and Rosie it meant a slower pace of life at home enjoying the beautiful spring sunshine and spending proper time with the kids rather than just ships that pass in the night.
It also gave them time to address their priorities. For some time Tony had not enjoyed work as he once did. He no longer believed in what he was doing. Changing careers when the world was at a standstill was not the ideal time, so he carried on with the zoom calls and work as normal. That was all set to change when Tony received a phone call at the start of June advising him that his team was being streamlined and that by the end of the month his services would no longer be required.
After the initial shock wore off and a bit of soul searching Rosie and Tony decided to take a risk and set up on their own and reassess after 12 months. After much deliberation they settled on the name Olwg and promptly registered the name with companies house.
Rosie too was looking for a new challenge but didn’t want to go back to work after an extended career break but was looking for the right opportunity to put her skills to good use.
By chance Tony and Rosie discovered some (cheap) office space available in the heart of Brentford, only a few minutes walk from home, only problem being that it was in a derelict warehouse with no flooring, windows or electricity. It even came complete with a birds nest!
Over the coming weeks, with the help of the kids, eager to take a break from home schooling, they transformed the derelict shell into a usable office space.
With the office ready it was time to decide what would be the right thing for Olwg to do.
Starting to grow
Very quickly Olwg grew from 2 to a group of 3 when Harry agreed to join the team. Harry had recently completed his Masters in Energy Engineering and was integral in the start up of the company.
With Harry’s youthful enthusiasm ideas for the company began to evolve. It started to become apparent that there was indeed a need for quick, cost effective solutions for renewable energy projects based on traditional engineering experience and novel decision making. Work on developing the company actively began.
After working together in the past, Tony reconnected online with Simon though a shared interest in the truth behind renewable energy developments. They quickly realised that they were both working toward the same goal and that collaborating was a no brainer.
Simon officially came on board as Commercial Director in January 2021.
Continuing to evolve
With Simon on board pace picked up and Olwg won their first piece of paid work advising on the Holyhead Hydrogen Hub project and were accepted on the prestigious Climate Change Innovation Greenhouse Accelerator Programme for innovative new start-ups.
With the help of the advisors on the Greenhouse Olwg’s purpose continued to grow. Rather than just advise on projects they wanted to make a real difference by allowing others to drive their own solutions, and the idea to convert complicated engineering spreadsheets into easy to use standalone apps was born.
However to make the idea a reality the help of more clever individuals was required. Meera had recently completed her MScR in Computational Neuroscience and wanted to put her knowledge and skills to good use so agreed to join the team.
With the addition of Computer Scientist Maxim to the team the development of the apps could begin in earnest.
Since then huge progress has been made with a prototype apps for modelling residential solar installations now ready for testing and a hydrogen app is coming close to completion.
Looking to the future
Things are looking bright for the future of Olwg. Prototypes are continuing to evolve and develop and are gaining interest daily. Progress is also being made to creating an ecosystem to host not only Olwg apps but apps created by others. The aim of the ecosystem is to not only host apps but to create a community of like minded professionals to bring together the right people at the right time to do the right things.
The Olwg team is also continuing to grow. As a business Olwg is dedicated to investing in the next generation of talent, hiring young dynamic graduates from diverse backgrounds. That commitment is in progress as three interns are due to start over the coming weeks to continue to add to the talent pool.
Watch this space….exiting times are ah