Success for Imperial students in Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition | Imperial News
Three teams of Imperial Oil students won prizes in this year’s Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition.
The competition aims to create growth that makes London cleaner, greener and future-ready, by equipping students with the skills they need to succeed as entrepreneurs. The competition rewards students in five categories, each addressing a key challenge for London: creative industries, environment, health, technology and social enterprise.
30 finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of celebrity judges and a live audience, where the Mayor’s five entrepreneurs for 2022 were chosen. Each of the five winning teams will receive £20,000 to start their business as well as expert mentorship from Town Hall staff to bring their idea to market.
fix the future
The Environment Prize recognizes innovations that could help reduce carbon emissions in London. Imperial Team repair won the award for developing a program to send electronic gadgets with deliberate defects to children aged 8-12 to be repaired, designed to teach them key scientific knowledge and repair skills. The team aims to solve two problems: to engage more children in STEM (science, technology, engineering and medicine) and to inspire the next generation to repair, while also helping to reduce waste.
The team’s monthly subscription-based STEM learning kit sends kids ages 8 to 12 a faulty new electronic gadget to fix, along with the necessary tools and a companion app to guide them through the process. ‘activity. The 12-month program will teach them key STEM knowledge and repair skills through topics such as batteries and motors, while dismantling and repairing real products. Once done, they send the gadget back to us for reuse, but keep the tools to redo the repair.
Team Repair was co-founded by Design engineering students Megan Hale, Anais Engelmann, Oliver Colebourne, Patrick McGuckian and Oscar Jones.
Improve braille devices
The Social Enterprise Prize celebrates innovations aimed at creating platforms to support different social groups in London. The winner of this award was Paigeco-founded by Imperial Biomedical Engineering students Carolina Gomes and Nina Moutonnet.
The team is developing a multi-line Braille device to enable blind or visually impaired people to access mathematical or scientific texts. The team reports that modern braille technology is limited to single-line text, which makes simple reading tasks time-consuming and laborious, and means that some subject areas, such as STEM subjects, are very difficult for children to access. people with visual impairments. The team says existing devices are also unaffordable for many people.
The team says their device provides an enhanced reading experience, opening up the world of STEM to more people. Features such as an affordable built-in calculator will also help improve accessibility for braille readers around the world.
The team also competes in Imperial’s WE accelerate program, six months of business coaching and peer mentoring aimed at helping women-led businesses become investment-ready.
Defibrillator for allergies
The Health Prize is awarded to innovators who help reduce waste in the health sector and make the sector more sustainable. Kitt Medical, a team co-founded by Imperial PhD student Simon Hanassab, won the award for its all-in-one anaphylaxis prevention and treatment system for schools. Their goal is for the kit to be as recognizable and easy to use as a defibrillator, but for allergies.
By combining lifesaving medications with easy-to-follow instructions and an online management system, as well as training resources for staff, the team says it enables the safe and appropriate treatment of severe allergic reactions in any environment, while actively working to prevent serious incidents from ever occurring.
Their solution is to provide adrenaline pens in their secure wall mounted “Kitt”, along with management and training software.
“Promote student innovation”
Ben Mumby-Croft, Director of Imperial Enterprise Lab, said, “Congratulations to all of the Imperial teams who entered and competed in this year’s Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition.
“The competition is a brilliant platform for showcasing the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of students from all London universities and Imperial students in particular have built up an enviable track record in terms of awards and in price over the years – which is no small feat considering how strong the competition is.”