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?
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.
We believe in working together. Through partnerships, the challenge of deaf access becomes approachable- focusing on the common cause with absolute transparency.
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?
Prof. Richard Bowden
Chief Research Officer
"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.”
“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”
Front end developer
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
AI turns tannoy announcements into sign language at Huddersfield Railway Station
Innovators Breaking Barriers (Print Edition) | South East Business
The future of sign language interpretation - Surrey Research Park