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Tech entrepreneur invests £ 27,000 for digital media creators QMU

Scottish entrepreneur George Mackintosh has pledged £ 27,000 to support creators of digital media content at Queen Margaret University (QMU).

Mackintosh’s Papple Steading Digital Media Prize aims to support students and recent alumni of the University, by asking them to produce “engaging digital media content”.

The content will celebrate Lothian and Scotland’s contributions to global agriculture between the 18th and 20th centuries, with award-winning works on display at the Papple Steading Agricultural Heritage Museum.

Papple Steading, one of Britain’s finest historic ‘model farms’ of the agricultural improvement movement, was purchased by Mackintosh in 2017. The model was originally located at the Whittingehame Estate, of which the Laird was at then AJ Balfour, British Prime Minister between 1902 and 1905.

Commenting on the announcement, George Mackintosh said: “East Lothian has a wonderful industrial, maritime and agricultural heritage.

“The partnership with QMU will bring the stories of how our agricultural heritage has changed the social and physical landscape of the county and how innovators in this part of Scotland have had a huge impact on the development of the county to digital life. agriculture and food production in the world.

Mackintosh says he plans to expand Papple Steading to include an agricultural heritage museum, business destination, and community center.

Professor David Stevenson, Acting Dean of the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management at QMU, said: “The project has added meaning to me because my father was a farmer and my mother studied at QMU.

“This is a great opportunity for our students and graduates to bring the stories of our shared agricultural history to life, while gaining the hands-on experience of turning a concept into a viable business case and budget.

“This is the start of a very exciting partnership with Papple Steading, and we are very grateful for their support. “


Mackintosh already has a solid reputation in Scotland as an entrepreneur, a founder having founded and supported several small businesses in the past.

In June 2020, software testing company Eggplant, founded by Mackintosh in 2009, was acquired by California-headquartered Keysight Technologies for $ 330 million.

Edinburgh-based Mackintosh previously founded the audio, video and web conferencing company Geoconference in Glasgow in 1996, with the company being sold to Global Crossing (now CenturyLink) in 2000.

He is also chairman of shellfish exporter Laeso Fish Limited, vice chairman of the CBI SME Council, and partner and former entrepreneur in residence at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

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