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Born in The Hague in 1990, David de Min moved with his family to Oman when he was 4 years old and arrived in the UK in 1999 – the youngest of three brothers.
Diagnosed with dyslexia on arrival, he attended a special school in Ramsgate to help him build his basic academic skills. Video was always a natural way for David to be creative and to communicate with others – something which led to the achievement a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award later.
Once he had the basic coping skills for education, David joined his brothers Jamie and Michael at Kent College in Canterbury. Shortly after he started, a series of dramatic events would change David’s life forever. Jamie was diagnosed with cancer and, despite a bone marrow transplant from David, he passed away.
“I felt such a profound sense of loss. He was the bravest, most inspirational person I knew and, suddenly, he was gone”, said David. “My closest friend, Alex Hamilton and I started a rally in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust as a result. We wanted to do something to help others”. “Kent College are still supporting my Teenage Cancer trust with an annual charity walk supported by all the students and teachers.”
After completing his A Levels, David joined a video production company in London called Absolute Post. “The team there have been staunch supporters of Velapp since it started”, David explained. “They’ve been so supportive – helping me create the demonstrations that allowed me to secure funding for the final development of the software”.
In 2014, David and his brother decided on a monster trek across the Himalayas – to capture a once in a lifetime experience of taking a pair of classic British Lee Enfield motorcycles from New Dehli to Kashmir as well as fly fishing.
Using Go Pros, they captured over 300 hours of video and, on his return to the UK, David had the beginnings of the underlying inspiration for Velapp: What if you could edit as you capture?
David was recently invited back to give a talk to the students who are studying at Kent College today.
“I will always maintain close links with Kent College and have begun discussing ways to help mentor the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs at the school”, David confirmed.
“Kent County Council has also been a great help in getting Velapp off the ground”, he explained. “They were able to help me get a partial funding loan under the Business Boost campaign which was enough to complete development and testing – ahead of the launch”.
“Even before we’ve launched we have been approached by a couple of leading mobile phone manufactures and other large businesses with interest to use Velapp, which has been hugely rewarding after all the hard work that has gone into building this company. The fashion industry were partially interested – filming a cat walk for example, only capturing the best outfits, and instantly uploading being the first to share was hugely valuable to them”
“It just goes to show what’s possible when determination meets passion gets the right kind of support from education and local government and mentors”, said David. “It’s natural for so many children to be inventive and energetic, but it’s also vital that they get the right kind of tools to succeed from their school and solid advice from experienced business people in the community at large”.
To help raise awareness of his journey, Velapp founder David de Min is supporting a competition for anyone that reads this newsletter.
The prize is £200 in cash, a Velapp t-shirt and the option of mentoring and support from a renowned business advisor in the UK.
To enter, simply download Velapp, use it and upload your best Velapp video to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hash tags #Velapp and #Kent – and don’t forget to like the Velapp Facebook page.
Edit as you shoot, ready to upload! Don’t just film it, Velapp it!