East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson met recently with Torrance entrepreneur Rossie Stone, founder of start-up Dekko Comics, to discuss Rossie’s plans for the company, which include a crowdfunding campaign to be launched on Tuesday 20th November.
Rossie founded Dekko Comics via a Kickstarter appeal in 2016, raising £13,160 from 252 backers. The company takes curriculum content for eight to 14-year-olds and turns it into comic strips, using colour-coding and a dyslexia-friendly font.
The comics are based on a technique that Rossie used for himself in his own school years, as a solution to a long struggle with dyslexia. So far, over 30 schools have bought the comics, and Dekko works in partnership with Dyslexia Scotland, Differabled Scotland and other relevant ASL organisations.
In March 2018, Rossie was nominated as a finalist for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards at the Scottish SME Business Awards, and in June gave a talk in Westminster to MPs at the Houses of Parliament about the work of Dekko Comics.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It was a real pleasure to meet Rossie. His energy and enthusiasm for Dekko Comics is infectious, and I can see why the brilliant comics are such a hit with children who struggle with standard revision methods.
“We had an engaging discussion about his business plans and what the next steps were for Dekko.
“I wish Rossie all the best for the future, and hope that his comics continue to transform children’s educational performances.”
Rossie Stone, founder of Dekko Comics, said:
“Our aim is to make education as engaging as entertainment so that it is more effective, enjoyable and accessible for a wider range of people.
“We are launching a crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday 20th November to raise money for an app that will allow people to customise their reading of the comics to suit whatever reading needs they have, including children with the most severe Dyslexia. It will be funded on Indiegogo.”
The comics, covering everything from Maths and English, to History, French and Physics, can be bought online at www.dekkocomics.com.