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Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards Shortlist Announced (Disponible solo en inglés)

  • 20 business plans chosen
  • Panel of judges formed by members of Santander, entrepreneurs and UK universities and business schools
  • Winners to be announced at awards ceremony on 30th of June 

London, 13 June 2016. 20 entrepreneurial projects will compete in the final of Santander Universities’ Entrepreneurship Awards for cash prizes ranging from £1,000 for Runner-Up in the Idea Stage category to £15,000 for 1st prize in the Start-Up category.

The awards are now in their sixth year. Santander Universities supports them, and their aim is to support and encourage university students and recent graduates to pursue their business ideas. The competition is open to students and those who have graduated within the past two years from all 81 UK universities collaborating with Santander Universities, listed at www.santander.co.uk/uk/santander-universities/

This year the awards distinguish between two different categories: New Technologies and Mobile Applications and Important Day-to-Day Products and Services. Within each of these two categories, entries must be at Idea or Start-Up stage.

The shortlisted entries are as follows:

New Technologies and Mobile Applications

Idea stage
Pay Ox – Queens’ University, Belfast. Aims to turn a car into a method of payment. PayOx will provide a system that increases security at petrol station forecourts whilst decreasing the payment processing time. The solution ‘Fuel & Drive’ achieves this through the integration of a number plate recognition system installed at forecourt pumps, along with a free consumer app.

Meetwo – Birkbeck, University of London. MeeTwo is a safe, moderated app for phone and web where young people can openly express their concerns or ask difficult questions without fear of recrimination, repercussion, intimidation or bullying. When a problem is posted, other users can post a reply, or they can click a MeeTwo button to register that they have had the same experience.

Shop Saviour - Open University. Web-based platform where businesses can create an online store selling products in minutes, without needing any expertise in building or managing websites. Customers are able to use their own domain names (e.g. www.yourstore.com), choose from design templates and use simple styling tools to create a beautiful, branded storefront, designed with mobile in mind.

Prevision Glass – Oxford Brookes University. An innovative heated windscreen that will be supplied to specific automotive new car manufacturers. The design has been developed to provide a superior alternative to current market products both in performance and cost metrics.

Yonder – London School of Economics. The world’s first travel search engine, which prioritises price, not destination. It is a mobile and web-based application with the central aim of enabling everyone to travel more often, to more interesting destinations and for better value. The value proposition is to show the user the cheapest destinations, on the day they want to get away, from the place they want to get away from.

Start-Up stage
IVEA – Queen’s University, Belfast
. Technology Solutions company developing a platform called VISIT that allows any location with visitors to become a smart location. They do this through the use of NEARABLES (Bluetooth Smart beacons), a mobile app for visitors that lets them engage and interact with points of interest, and a web app for venues to manage the location’s information/content with a content management system, and a dashboard to view visitor analytics.

Motion Metrics – Imperial College London. A digital ski coach that analyses skier technique to provide actionable feedback that gives the user the magic of continuing to improve at a sport.

Mind Mate – University of Glasgow. App-based platform to assist people who live with dementia, their caregivers and family members. The goal is to manage the condition in a time and cost-effective way. MindMate currently provides three different apps that interact with each other: one patient’s app, which is specifically designed for people with dementia, one app for caregivers and family members, which allows remote access to the patient’s app, and a third app, a Care Home Version, which is adapted to the needs of care homes to deliver real person-centred care.

Hoxton Analytics – University College London. A device that accurately counts footfall in and out of a store, and also provides information on the demographics of those customers, without breaching personal privacy.

Workbase – Edinburgh Napier University. Providing easy to use software that enables businesses to manage their employees across the full lifecycle - from entry to exit. Subsequently, managers and business owners have more time to focus on the most important aspects of their business, and spend less time on the administrative burden.

Important Day-to-Day Products and Services

Idea stage
Comp-a-tent – University College London
. The first compostable tent. Designed for a weekend of fun, it tackles the problem of 1-in-5 tents abandoned at music festivals. Simply add it to your shopping basket as you purchase your festival ticket. Then pick it up onsite and pitch. Come Monday morning, pull it down and hand it to the food vendor.

Staels Designs Ltd – University of Glasgow. Formed to meet unmet needs in rehabilitation product design and mobility equipment. The company’s flagship product, ‘WheelAir’, seeks to alleviate a number of pain points currently faced by wheelchair users.

Copeland Spirits Ltd – University of Ulster. Copeland gin is a handcrafted infusion of locally sourced fruits from the hedgerows and farms of County Down, Northern Ireland. Copeland Gin infuses its premium gin using a bespoke hand-crafted process, turning and mixing each batch every few days to instill quality into each and every bottle. Only the freshest produce from the growers is used to draw out the best flavour combinations and ensure an exciting and innovative taste.

SnapIt – Queen’s University, Belfast. Based on a technique in Pavlovian conditioning known as the rubber band technique in which the user wears an elastic band around their wrist and, whenever they feel a craving to indulge in the habit they are trying to break, they “snap” out of it by snapping the band against their wrist. SnapIt allows the user to track their habit as each snap is automatically recorded using our mobile app.

AllDay Designs – University of Strathclyde. A product design and manufacture business revolutionizing the 0-4 year child travel equipment market. The first innovation – the AllDay Excite travel-system – is a single versatile product that removes the need for parents to carry multiple items to cater for a child’s differing activity levels on a day out, reducing the number of equipment purchases saving up to £400.

Start-Up stage
Eat About – King’s College London
. The alternative to restaurants where you eat in the home of a chef, and has been dubbed the "Airbnb of restaurants" by the Daily Mail among other publications.

Farm Urban – University of Liverpool. A social enterprise that uses Aquaponics (growing fish and plants together without soil) to engage and inspire people to connect with their environment, explore their relationship with food, and empower them to make positive and informed choices. Aquaponics is an efficient, sustainable and wasteless way to grow some of the healthiest food on the planet.

Universal Resource Trading – University of Birmingham. Operate UniGreenScheme, an award-winning asset resale service where they collect and sell surplus equipment for UK universities.

Power a life – University of Strathclyde. Social business which retails high quality mobile phone power accessories to ethically minded smart phone users in the UK / EU, using a buy-one, give-one model. The Company gives a solar light to a school student in Africa for every product it sells. When given access to light, children have the opportunity to study at night, achieve better grades, and have more opportunities in life.

Turing Lab – Imperial College London. Prepares children and young adults for an increasingly digital world by supporting educators teaching maths, computing and design in blended learning classrooms.

The 20 business plans will now be selected for review and submitted to a panel of judges, consisting of a blend of successful entrepreneurs, previous winners, and senior members of Santander UK and academia.

The candidates will be presenting their idea to a panel of judges on 30th June in London and the winners will then be announced at an awards ceremony on the same day.

In addition to the cash prizes, all winners and runners-up will also receive a suite of prizes from digital agency Talent Cupboard, including a free designed, built and hosted mobile and SEO-optimised website.

-ENDS-

About Santander Universities
Banco Santander is the largest investor in education in the world (Varkey/UNESCO report – Fortune 500, published in 2015). This initiative is backed by Santander Universities, which has 1,200 collaboration agreements in place with universities and institutions worldwide.

‘Santander Universities’ was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank is already collaborating with 81 British Universities and Higher Education Institutions, with agreements focused in promoting international exchange, entrepreneurial activities and the mobility of students and researchers within the network.

About Talent Cupboard
Talent Cupboard is an award-winning online platform that connects business with the best student and graduate digital talent. From coding, through to creative, our network of freelance talent are helping businesses source the digital services that they need in order to grow - all without breaking the bank. Businesses simply post their requirements, set a budget, and watch the applications roll in to complete their work.

As well as helping businesses to prosper, our community of students and graduates are using the platform to find work that is relevant to their studies. Meaning that they’re building a portfolio of experience that is invaluable for future jobs. In addition to learning new skills from this experience they’re also earning at the same time. Our model of “work, learn and earn” is helping students and graduates, throughout the UK, to enhance their employability the smart way.

Businesses and entrepreneurs looking to find out more should head to:

https://www.talentcupboard.com

Students and graduates looking to find out more should head to:

https://www.talentcupboard.com/student-graduate

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