Thursday 13 April 2017
This year, two start-ups from Queen Mary’s enterprise programme ‘InQUBEate’ beat 300 applicants to make it to live final of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition on Monday 20 March. The competition is an annual event that invites London students to come up with creative solutions to the environmental and social challenges the city faces. The teams pitched their ideas at City Hall to a panel of judges including:
- Garry Moore – founder, Propelair
- Jo Malone MBE – perfumer and entrepreneur
- Jenny Tooth OBE – CEO, UK Business Angels Association
- Niels Kirk – Chairman of Energy Banking, Citi and Head of Climate & Sustainability Council
- Christian Lane – CEO, Smarter.am
- Arthur Kay – CEO, Bio-bean and former competition winner
Both teams had the opportunity to meet Sadiq Khan, and though they missed out on the top prize of £20,000 this time, they received positive feedback from the judges and are having successes seeking further investment from other sources. You can check them out below:
Motus Innovations is a technology start-up founded to develop the world’s most cost-effective rehabilitation solutions
to help stroke sufferers maximise their recovery. It was founded by medical engineering student, Ross Ward, in 2016, who received a £10,000 ‘Build It’ grant from qEnterprise in his final year of study to develop a prototype to trial and show to investors. Motus are building a device that will allow stroke patients to carry out more intense therapy in a fun and engaging way at home. The company has been recognised for outstanding innovation and potential to make a global impact, including being nominated for Innovator and Product of the Year 2016, and being a finalist in the prestigious MassChallenge UK Accelerator.
Too Good To Go
Too Good To Go is an app which connects restaurants and bakeries with surplus food to customers who can pre
-order it for collection before they close at up to 90 per cent discount. Customers enjoy low cost food which prevents it going to landfill while food establishments get the opportunity to turn surplus food into revenue. Jamie Crummie, a co-founder of the UK version of the app studied an LLM in Human Rights Law at Queen Mary, and received a ‘Grow It’ grant of £5,000 from qEnterprise to launch the app in London in June 2016. The app has since seen tremendous success, being downloaded by more than 130,000 users and now operating in cities across the UK.
You can download the app here.