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Students awarded for mobile phone tracking device invention (Disponible solo en inglés)

  • Santander Universities “60 second pitch” competition is part of the Santander Universities Enterprise Portal
  • University of Brighton student wins £1,500 first prize for his invention. Cardiff Metropolitan University and Queen Mary University of London, runners-up.
  • Recall is a wristband that sounds an alarm if someone strays more than 10 yards from their phone.

London, 13th February 2015-. Santander Universities has announced the winner of the first edition of the “60 second pitch” awards. The University of Brighton has won the accolade after Prince Ansah, a student of Mechanical Engineering at the University came up with the idea of a mobile phone tracking device and developed it with the help of other fellow students.

They have branded their invention Recall, a wristband which will allow users to never leave their mobile phones behind as it sounds an alarm when users move more than 10 yards away from their phone.

Prince Ansah, said: “We are still amazed by the result. I would like to thank Santander Universities on behalf of the group for this award. This helps us look forward to the next chapter. It is a great opportunity for us and we are ready to put 100% of our efforts to launch this product into the market”.

Simon Bray, Managing Director Santander Universities UK says: “Mobile phones have become indispensable in our daily lives and losing it means losing our contacts, agenda, photos, emails and more. Recall is a great idea to ensure you never leave your mobile phone behind. In addition, the University of Brighton team did a great job in pitching the idea in just 60 seconds which is one of the main judging points of the competition. We hope the award money helps the team launching the product into the market.”

The runners-up of the competition are:

  • Cardiff Metropolitan University for Treatment Clothing, which stood out as the student  taught himself the whole process of manufacturing clothing from designing to marketing the product. 
  • Queen Mary University of London for Farmz2U, an online shop which allows customers to purchase produce direct from the farmers.

The Santander Universities “60 second pitch” competition is part of the Santander Universities Enterprise Portal, one of the newest initiatives launched by Santander Universities. It has been designed to support entrepreneurs and the university, start-up and small business communities. The portal aims to provide entrepreneurs with the ability to do 3 key things: Win, Learn and Connect.

The awards, which aim to support and encourage university students to present their business ideas in a creative manner, are open to students from all 77 UK universities currently partnering with Santander Universities. Eligible universities can be viewed here www.santander.co.uk/universities

The call for entries for the second edition of the awards opens on 2 March and the winner will be announced 29 May.

Santander has been supporting higher education through Santander Universities since 1997. The bank has signed agreements with almost 1,200 universities and research centers over the world. In the UK, the bank signed its first agreement in 2007 and now collaborates with 77 universities across the country.

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