Graduate Hits Right Note

Aaron Lee Smiles, 29, from Gateshead, left his job to set up his own computer software development company.

Now, with help from the eaga Trust, he has created an audio visual application aimed at those working within the media and music industries

Aaron, who has a degree in music and a Masters in digital media, joined Eaga as a customer service advisor in 2008, leaving in 2012 to set up Sinetic.

“I knew that the eaga Trust offered help to former employees who wanted to learn a new skill, so I decided to contact them,” said Aaron, “and, along with a great deal of support and advice, they gave me a business loan to help towards our marketing costs.”

Aaron has developed his application with business partner Roman Dumaine and hopes to have a prototype within the next six months.

“It will enable people to create their own audio visual content in a 3D virtual reality environment,” he said. “They will be able to make music and physically move the sounds around their environment."

Clare Mattison, an Ambassador at the eaga Trust said: “Aaron is an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word.

“We are delighted to have been able to help him fulfil an ambition and produce something that is at the forefront of technology and will bring a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.

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