The venture begins
Rossie starts working on turning his revision technique from school into comics that can help others, and to build an entertaining-education business.
Prototypes & testing
The prototypes are made and the concept of the comics starts getting tested with other pupils.
A kickstarter is launched to raise enough money to make the first two official Dekko Comics issues for public consumption.
The company is set up
The Kickstarter reaches beyond its £10K goal and raises over £13,000. Dekko Comics is officially set up as a Limited Company. First ever Dekko Artists are brought on board.
Dekko Comics is born
The first Dekko Comics issues ever — Issues 1 & 2 — are released to the public.
Funding & recognition
Dekko Comics is one of the winners at Young EDGE, winning £10,000 grant funding.
Rossie has been doing his first TEDx Talks on the Dekko Comics concept, and the comics are even featured on BBC News. Commissions are beginning to take off, as are Dekko Comics workshops. Dekko exhibits at the BETT Show that year.
Publishing giants' attention
Dekko exhibits at the Education Show. It is also now in communications with HarperCollins, who seem potentially interested in running a publishing pilot with Dekko Comics. The Management Team expands.
Issue 3 comes to be
Dekko Comics Issue 3 is launched. Dekko Comics gets ready to enter a working relationship with HarperCollins. The Artist Team expands.
New branches booming
Rossie is sold out three times over for his workshops at the Borders Book Festival. Issue 4 is made, but not yet released to the public. Workshops and Commissions are now full branches of the business.
Issue 4, people want more!
Dekko Comics Issue 4 is officially launched at St Andrews Primary School in Stafford. Dekko Comics are being sold internationally.
Subscriptions are launched. This marks the start of a new phase for Dekko Comics. Monthly comic productions begin.
Meeting with national government
Dekko, along with representatives from ELT Well and Sheffield Hallam University, meet with members from the Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative parties to discuss the role of products like Dekko Comics in future education plans. It's a really positive meeting with enthusiasm shown by numerous members including Labour MP Frank Skinner.
National Diversity Awards 2018
The prestigious National Diversity Awards announce their 2018 shortlist, and Rossie Stone is a nominee in the Entrepreneur of Excellence category.
Dekko branches out
Rossie continues delivering immensely successful workshops, including one in Wigtown Book Festival. The Dekko team travels to London to attend the New Scientist Live 2018 festival, where Dekko Comics are sold out. The month ends on a very positive note, with Rossie travelling to Finland for a visit to Kielo International School. The teachers are impressed with the product, and Kielo becomes the first school outside the UK to use Dekko Comics.