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Our story

We are a strong team of successful entrepreneurs, leading researchers, and deep tech experts. We came together in lockdown, looking for a solution to the eternal cry from hearing clients and Deaf contacts of “how do I get this interpreted, right now?" and “why can’t I have access to what is being said?”. We were also aware that we needed to do it right at a fundamental level in terms of cultural and linguistic awareness. Signapse is building technology for tomorrow that answers the needs of today.

What do we believe in?

Equality

Signapse culture - equality

We are leading the way for peerless inclusive design, building the tools that make a difference. Our synthetic signers are created with the help of Deaf actors and team members who are compensated when their image is used.   

Signapse culture - partnership

Partnership

We believe in working together. Through partnerships, the challenge of deaf access becomes approachable- focusing on the common cause with absolute transparency.

Signapse culture - leadership

Leadership

With the community having ownership, involvement, equity, and long-term revenue generated by our products. We are leading the way for meaningful digital inclusion, building the tools that make a difference. 

Who are we?

Deaf Leadership

Marcel - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Marcel Hirshman

Craig Crowley - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Craig Crowley

Mia Ward - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Mia Ward

Sally Chalk, CEO and Co-Founder at Signapse

Sally Chalk
CEO

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"Hello, I’m Sally. I have a background in building organisations that provide innovative services making a significant difference. Access to sign language is a really big deal for me"

Ben Saunders - CTO and Co-Founder at Signapse

Ben Saunders
CTO

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"Hello, I'm Ben. I have a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence researching Sign Language Translation. I have been fascinated by sign languages my whole life, and love seeing how technology can help improve accessibility."

Richard Bowden - Chief Scientist and Co-Founder at Signapse

Prof. Richard Bowden
Chief Research Officer

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"Hello, I’m Rich. I first learned to sign over 20 years ago, and computational approaches to sign language recognition, translation and production have always fascinated me. My research focuses on computer vision and AI, specifically around people and behavior.”

Peter Whale - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Peter Whale
Head of Product

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“Hello, I’m Peter. I have a strong track record of developing and delivering best-in-class software, consumer electronics products, and service solutions to global markets. I bring a real passion for applying technology to improve people’s lives." 

Alex le Peltier - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Alex Le Peltier
VP of Engineering

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Basheer - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Basheer Alwaely
Deep Learning Research Engineer

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"Hello, I'm Basheer. I have a Ph.D. in Computer Vision and Machine Learning. My expertise lies in the development of state-of-the-art AI techniques for sign language."

Leia Clancy - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Leia Clancy
Head of Business Development

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"Hello, I'm Leia. My background is in fundraising and research. I have worked in both the commercial and third sector, always with organisations that make a meaningful difference to people's lives."

Suzie Campbell - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Suzie Campbell
CFO

“Hi, I’m Suzie the Friendly CFO - a financial expert with more than 25 years of experience in commercial and corporate finance.  I help early-stage companies and SMEs get investor ready so they can scale, achieve sustainable growth and have the freedom to do more of what they love. At heart, my work is all about making finance feel good for ambitious people who have traditionally been excluded from the funding world and helping them scale their businesses so the good things they’re doing in the world can have maximum impact”

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Dan Phylbert
Front end developer

"Hi, I'm Dan. I'm an innovative front-end developer with 3 year's experience in implementing and maintaining pixel perfect design. Proficient in JavaScript, React, HTML, CSS and knowledgeable in most modern frameworks"

Rachael Benyon - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Rachel Benyon
Head of Translation & Data

"Hi, I am Rachel. I am profoundly Deaf and a British Sign Language (BSL) user. My professional background is in Social Care, mainly focusing on quality assurance. I am fascinated with signed languages used around the world and am always learning new languages. I thrive on making a difference to Deaf people's lives, and I am very excited to be able to use technology to improve accessibility."

Investment Board members

Craig Crowley - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Craig Crowley

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Noah Isserman

Pearse Coyle - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Pearse Coyle

Investors

University of Surrey - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation
Social Business Builders - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation
Grow Work - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation
Deep Tech Seed Fund - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation
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Awards

University of Surrey Vice Chancellor's Award - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

 University of Surrey Vice-Chancellor's Award: Innovator of the Year

Surrey Business Awards 2022 -Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

Surrey Business Awards 2022

Start-Up of the Year

The Dynamic Awards 2023 - Signapse AI Sign Language Translation

The Dynamic Awards 2023 Finalist

Help us make sign language accessible for anyone. We have some great laughs and are dedicated to delighting our clients. Why not join us?

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