Our Story

Almost 50 years ago, NASA had a major problem with Apollo13 which it needed to resolve as quickly, efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

The solution was to slingshot around the moon, taking advantage of the most efficient trajectory back to earth. By simulating all the available options they were able to save not only time and money, but also lives.

The ability to be able to produce simulations in design is vital – be that towns and cities infrastructure, vehicles and transportation or supply chain systems. The issue has been that the technology to produce simulations is expensive, and as such, only the major market players have previously had access to them.

“Houston, we have a problem…”

Apollo 13, April, 1970

Simulations for Anyone and Everyone

We feel it’s time it was made available to all.

Slingshot Simulations is a spin-out from the University of Leeds and is the result of over 10 years of R&D. Our journey involved developing large-scale computing solutions for some of the world’s largest companies.

I’ve been very impressed to see the team develop the slingshot platform from some research ideas 7 years ago into a product with a real potential to disrupt the simulation market by linking multiple simulations in an efficient way.

David Battersby, Senior Manager in Software Architecture at Jaguar Land Rover

Based in Leeds

As a spin-out from the University of Leeds Slingshot is based in the centre of Leeds at the heart of the tech start-up community at the Nexus centre.

Our Team

The Slingshot team brings together both technical experience and notable start-up success…

Alan English - Executive Chairman
Executive Chairman

Alan English

30+ years as Hi Tech CEO/NEX

Dr David McKee - CTO & Founder
CTO & Founder

Dr David McKee

David McKee is the CTO and Foudner of Slingshot Simulations. Before forming Slingshot David worked at the University of Leeds leading on the research and development of Cloud simulation platforms. David has over 20 academic publications and keynotes at tech conferences globally on topics related to simulation and smart cities.

Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow

Helen Gilder - CFO

Helen Gilder

20+ years international start-up and scale-up experience at Zoo Digital

Joe Leach - Simulation Engineer
Simulation Engineer

Joe Leach

Dr Richard Kavanagh - Cloud Engineer
Cloud Engineer

Dr Richard Kavanagh

Sophie McKee - Project and Creative Manager
Project and Creative Manager

Sophie McKee