Queen Mary University of London had two finalists in the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition!
Entrants were asked to come up with creative solutions to the environmental and social challenges London faces – and more than 300 entries from 37 institutions were narrowed down to the final shortlist, with nearly 599 students involved.
The 10 shortlisted entries from seven London universities pitched their ideas in a dragons den style presentation to a panel of entrepreneurs;
- 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
Our QMUL finalists who pitched to the panel were;
Too Good To Go describes itself as a “hyper-local environmental social enterprise dedicated to reducing food waste”.
If food waste were a country it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, whilst recovering just half of the food that is lost or wasted could feed the world alone.
The To Good To Go app offers users the chance to get discounted food which would usually go to waste up to an hour before the end of a venues service.
Cheaper food that helps reduce carbon emissions?! We’re sold!
You can download the app here.
As well as being a finalist in the Top Young Green Entrepreneur Awards, law graduate Jamie Crummie received a ‘Grow It’ award in 2016.
“In the UK, 80% of stroke patients do not have their therapy needs met. Repetitive and task-specific exercises increase the function of the upper limb in recovering stroke patients. With Motus, this therapy is achievable and fun.”
Motus are building a device that will allow stroke patients to carry out more intense therapy in a fun and engaging way at home.
As well as being a finalist in the Top Young Green Entrepreneur Awards, Ross, the CEO of Motus won a £10,000 “Built It” award to set up Motus and was a finalist on the prestigious accelerator programme Mass Challenge, and the 2016 Penrose design awards.
The Winner – Twipes
Students Ellenor and Alborz from City, University of London will receive a £20,000 investment from the Citi Foundation for their business – Twipes.
Over 14% of £9 billion wet wipes market is purchases for use in the bathroom, yet most take days to breakdown and can cause expensive blockages which can lead to flooding. Twipes are eco-friendly, antibacterial toilet wipes which are dispensed from a roll similar to toilet paper, are free from harsh chemicals and – crucially – disintegrate in water in just three hours.
Twipes were a very worthy winner and we can’t wait to hear more about their business in the future!
We thoroughly enjoyed hearing all of the entrants pitches and were very impressed with how each business will make an impact either environmentally or socially in London and further afield.
Thank you to the Greater London Authority for inviting QMUL Sustainability to the awards.