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Double success for new graduate’s gaming business

19 August 2011

Bristol University Computer Science graduate Chris Strand (BSc 2011) hasn’t wasted any time since graduating in July, with his business idea already having won two top competitions.

Bristol University Computer Science graduate Chris Strand (BSc 2011) hasn’t wasted any time since graduating in July, with his business idea already having won two top competitions.

The 22-year-old has established Nimble Servers which is an on-demand game server provider that enables customers to rent game servers on a pay-per-hour basis.

Video game players use a server to play multiplayer video games online and traditionally pay per month for the service.

Chris’ business idea, which will allow users to pay a fraction of the price, is made possible due to a unique infrastructure design that’s not used by any competitors.

It caught the attention of Deloitte in the company’s Top Technology Talent competition for business ideas with innovative uses of technology.

Five finalists were in the running for a prize of either £1,000 or four weeks paid work experience, with a judging panel picking Chris and Nimble Servers as the overall winner.

Having opted for the work experience prize, Chris soon heard of his second competition success – winning Mint Digital’s ‘Don’t Be a Banker’ scholarship, which has been set up to steer university leavers or recent graduates away from a career in the banking sector and instead help them launch a business.

Chris and his business partner Zac Moody, who he met at Strode College in Somerset when they were doing their A-Levels, won £4,000 and office space at Mint’s London headquarters.

They’re hoping to launch a beta of Nimble Servers in October and people can sign-up via its website to be kept updated.

Chris said: “We are really excited to have the opportunity to develop our service into something that will be useful and popular in the online gaming community. I’ve already put into practice many things that I learnt as part of my Computer Science degree and it’s still early days.

"Getting ready for our beta in the next couple of months has become much more achievable thanks to the support and advice from Mint."