David Smee

Kick Sum Limited

Using robotic animal characters to help educate children with activities inspired by conservation and the natural world.


After working around the world in technology product management and marketing positions for Toshiba, Orange and NDS over 15 years, David turned his focus to early stage companies by first working for a Bristol University spin out ProVision Communication about 10 years ago. Following this he founded Kick Sum Limited to support early stage technology companies with their research & commercialisation needs and has enjoyed helping a number of startups to develop and launch products over the past years. Itching to use his own creativity more, he is now developing books and products for children, fusing new technology ideas with conservation and other causes he cares passionately about. The current focus of his research and development is an educational robotic monkey for 3-8 year olds which is bringing together animatronics with early stage education with a desire to use story telling from the habitat of chimpanzees to connect children with the joys of the natural world. It's an exciting melting pot of ideas now finding strong direction through research before prototype development and research supported by Bristol Robotics Laboratory.