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Congratulations to the 1K Competition Winners!!

Congratulations to our winners and finalists (runner-ups) for the 1k£ competition! Read on for a brief outline of the best  ideas.  The detailed summaries can be found here: CUE 1K Public Summaries.

In no particular order…

Technology & Life Sciences Winners

Camses (Giorgio Divitini & Caterina Ducati)

We developed a catalyst based on TiO2, a standard industrial material, that can exploit both natural and artificial light for degrading pollutants in air while also killing pathogens

Sensor Hut (Tanya Hutter & Marc Stettler)

SensorHut Ltd is an early-stage start-up aiming to develop innovative sensor technologies for the measurement of VOCs.

Elves (Daniel Zheng, Ziyi Yu, Hongyu Zhang, Martin Banjo, Doris Zhang)

ELVES is a two-stage procedure, during which two embolic materials are injected into selected vessels to block the blood flow feeding the liver cancer tumour.

Radial Genomics (Alasdair Thong, Hind Kraytem, Grecia Gonzalez, Nikolaus Wenzl, Tim Xu)

Our product is an integrated image collection and analysis software used with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) gene visualisation that aims to offer diagnostic, prognostic and predictive capabilities in the treatment of cancer through a novel, quantitative method of assessing changes in a patient’s genetic material in response to cancer.

Social Enterprise Winners

Hands On (Benedikt von Thuengen, Erela Dana, Cassi Henderson)

HandsOn is a social enterprise aiming to facilitate the delivery of low-cost, fully-functional 3D-printed prosthetic hands to amputees in developing countries.

Sim Prints (Alexandra Grigore , Andrew Quan, Daniel Storisteanu, Elizabeth Dzeng, Toby Norman)

Building on the wide use of mobile phones in these regions and the uniqueness of a fingerprint, SimPrints is developing mobile phone software and a hand-held scanner that frees biometric identification from computers, helping link patients to their medical records anytime, anywhere.

DNA Digest (Jelena Aleksic, Fiona Nielsen)

DNAdigest was founded as a charity for promoting and enabling better and easier sharing of genomics data for research. Our first prototype technology platform is based on a patented mechanism for secure querying of sensitive data.

Software Winners

Network Translating (David Greatrex & Anna Bluj)

Network Translating is an attractive communicative online platform that automates quotes, data handling and links UK businesses with a network of specialised technical translators throughout Europe.

Serve (Sebastian Salek & Alex Horkan)

Serve is an integrated software and hardware portal to pre order and collection services at sports venues.

CryptoRaptor (Raphael Scheps & Gideon Farrell)

CryptoRaptor uses advanced algorithmic techniques to identify potential investment opportunities in new financial markets developped in the past few years.

Technology & Life Sciences Runner-ups

Orphidia (Aron Rachamim, Luis Garcia-Gancedo, Krisztina Kovacs-Schreiner, David Gordon, Ron Oren)

Point-of-care diagnostics. Tomorrow, instead of going to the hospital to take a test, you will be able to test yourself more accurately than any hospital or lab can today and know without waiting, without delay, without uncertainty both if you need treatment and what treatment is personally the best for you.

Hydrogen Sponge (Enass Abo-Hamed, Jonathon Blackburn, Shin Nikkuni, Pu Zhao, Selina Wang, Luke Sperrin)

We have developed a novel “sponge-like” material that catalytically produces and stores hydrogen gas at room temperature, and on heating releases the hydrogen in a safe and on-demand manner. The material is recyclable numerous times; furthermore, the gas release temperature can be modulated, giving the flexibility needed to suit various applications in different industries.

Social Enterprise Runner-ups

Nusa Terang (Jason Hardjosoekatmo, Eumir Bethbeder)

Nusa Terang will deliver cooperative-owned and operated, renewable energy solutions to rural villages while putting electricity to productive use with.

Silver Oak (Andrew Bertolina)

SilverOak is a crowdfunding lending platform that allows individuals to lend capital to small to medium size enterprises in the emerging markets at a market-based rate of return.

Software Runner-ups

TravelFit (Stephen Upton)

I believe there is an opportunity via a mobile app, to match up 3-4star hotels with high business traveller populations, together with local gyms, who would be able to supplement and avoid abuse of their desired contract-period business model, through selling single use visits through the app.

SEQure (Agnieszka Wabik, Claudia-Gabriela Mitrofan, Jelena Aleksic, Martyna Popis, Rodrigo Santos)

SEQure aims to create a database of currently diagnosable genetic rare diseases and an analysis pipeline for analysing sequencing data directly, allowing fast patient diagnosis from a blood sample only.

  • Congratulations to the 1K Competition Winners!!

    Congratulations to our winners and finalists (runner-ups) for the 1k£ competition! Read on for a brief outline of the best  ideas.  The detailed summaries can be found here: CUE 1K Public Summaries. In no particular order… Technology & Life Sciences Winners Camses (Giorgio Divitini & Caterina Ducati) We developed a catalyst based on TiO2, a standard […]

  • £1k Challenge

    The competition is now open! Submit your idea to our judges until January 20th to: 1ksubmission@cue.org.uk. Our second sub competition is for you to develop your business opportunity and write an executive summary of no more than 1500 words. The £1k prizes are awarded to well-presented propositions that show clear market potential and competitive advantages. […]

  • Congratulations to our £100 winners!

    Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Sam Chaudhary (ClassDojo), Andrew Thompson (Proteus Digital) and Stanley Yang (Neurosky) handed over winning prizes to outstanding business plan ideas in Life Sciences and Technology, Software and Social Entreprise.  And the winners are… Martyna Popis – Portable DNA sequencer that connects to an online database of rare diseases, allowing fast patient diagnosis from […]

  • Cambridge Hackathon!! Nov 2013

    Cambridge University Entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley Comes to the UK teamed up this year to run a 2-day Cambridge Hackathon (Nov 2-3) as part of the national competition organised by Entrepreneur First, the London-based start-up incubator.  The teams’ mission was to create a web or mobile app interface using data that governments have made public […]

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Ideas Take Flight

Ever had an idea that you thought could turn into a cool business, but wondered how?  Looking at other successful start-ups, have you ever  wondered "How do they do it?"  The fact is that most successful entrepreneurs have, at some point or other, had a helping hand. With CUE's annual Ideas Take Flight competition, we can help turn your idea into commercial reality. The competition is open to entrants in three areas: Science and Technology, Social Enterprise and Software (click here for full rules and conditions). Although each area is run in three phases, you can enter any one or more at any stage before the respective closing date:

£100 for 100 words

"Write 100 words and convince our judges that your idea has legs"

Your entry can be in any of the three areas described above. Simply write 100 words describing your idea and enter for a chance to win one of twenty £100 prizes. At this stage the requirements are the same for each area.

Entering at this early stage will give you ample time to discuss your ideas and to access training and mentoring opportunities offered by CUE.

£1k competition

"Write a 1500 word executive summary to show your idea has wings"

Write a 1500 word executive summary of your idea for a chance to win one of ten £1k prizes before the final stage of the competition. At this stage the requirements are the same for all areas.

If you do not win this or the previous phase, you still can enter the final phase of the competition.

£5k competition

"Convince judges and investors that your idea can fly!"

In the case of Science and Technology or Social Enterprise you will be required to produce a 3500 word business plan. In the case of Software you will need to present slides, a demonstration video and a 2000 word business plan.

If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to pitch your idea to a panel of investors and business angels for a chance to win one of six £5k prizes, an angel prize as well as potential investment in your business.

Submit your entry here.

Get involved

  • Enter the competition

    Enter the competition

  • Receive training, mentoring and/or sponsorship

    Receive training, mentoring and/or sponsorship

  • Join the committee

    Join the committee

  • Attend events

    Attend events

  • Network and find like-minded people

    Network and find like-minded people

The CUE Organisation

  • Tommi Valkama – Director, Business School Relations
  • Douwe Kiela – Director, Software
  • Raphael Scheps – Vice President
  • Krste Pangovski – Director, Science and Technology
  • Amy Shang – Director, Marketing/ VIP Relations
  • Claire Weiller – Director, Social Enterprise
  • Sina Habibi – CUE President

Committee Members

The CUE committee makes sure that everything runs smoothly. We organise events, run CUE’s day-to-day operations and make sure that your competition entries get to judges.

Sponsors

Investors

As an investor, there are various ways you can support CUE.

  • Attend the networking and other events to give budding entrepreneurs the chance to talk to and interact with seasoned veterans
  • Become a Judge for our flagship Ideas Take Flight event
  • Invest directly in CUE to support us in growing the ecosystem

Needless to say, by becoming involved you will:

  • Gain access to a growing body of early stage entrepreneurs and peers
  • Grow your presence amongst the next generation of business leaders
  • Be exposed to early stage technologies
  • Gain an early “in” on investment opportunities

To discuss how you would like to be involved, please contact the CUE President.