Our Story

Our Story

Estendio was founded in 2014 when Chris Hughes discovered that he was not alone in fearing the dreaded task of public speaking. Chris was a student with dyslexia at the University of Strathclyde and realised that the results of his business degree would rely largely on his ability to present to his peers. After consulting with the university’s disability service and dyslexia experts, Chris realised that there was no direct or accessible solution for presentation anxiety. With Chris determined to ensure that his public speaking fears didn’t lead to his exclusion, he created Present Pal.

After years of extensive research and testing an MVP of Present Pal, the App officially launched in September 2018. Present Pal is now being used to support students in over 60 UK universities through the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). Alongside success in the higher education market, the Estendio team have recently secured £50,000 Scottish Edge funding and Present Pal has been announced as Microsoft’s first ever European AI for Accessibility grantee.

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Awards & Investment



Scottish Edge

Wildcard Edge Winner 2016 (£10,000)

Young Edge Winner 2016 (£10,000)

Edge Round 13 Winner 2018 (£50,000)


Converge Challenge

Kickstart Award Runner-up 2015 (£1,500)

Converge Challenge Runner-up 2016 (£29,000)

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise

SMART Award 2016 (£138,500)

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Microsoft AI for Accessibility

Announced as first European AI4A grantee