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Congratulations to the CUE £1K winners 2014-2015!

Congratulations to our winners and finalists (runner-ups) for the £1K competition! Read on for a brief outline of the best ideas. You can check the public summaries here.

In no particular order…

 

Technology & Life Sciences Winners

 

Cambridge Cardiology (Paul De Sciscio, Jacob Brubert, Ingrid Wong, Romilde Kotze)

A minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery for patients with valvular heart disease.

Sinclair Fire (James Popper, Chris Goodfellow)

Sinclair Fire develops and manufactures products leveraging its unique portfolio of fire detection and response intellectual property.

MOFs i-Teams (Dr. David Fairen-Jimenez, T. Tian, Andrew Marsden, Thomas Fry, Dr. Claudia Percivalle)

Our patented technology enables the manufacture of MOFs (metal-organic frameworks) as large pellets without the need for binder or pressure.

Tricel (Mihaela-Andreea Voicescu, Edward Tan, Chikai Lai)

Tricel is creating a platform technology based on cancer stem cells that can add value to preclinical cancer research.

 

Technology & Life Sciences Runner-ups

FlexSolar (Reza Saberi Moghaddam, Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi, Sir Richard Friend, Ehsan Abdi)

FlexSolar has developed a flexible organic solar cell technology based on materials synthesis, which promises substantial cost reduction through enabling low-temperature fabrication techniques and roll-to-roll processing for high volume manufacturing.

Congentis (Tim Xu, Ce Zhang, Kent Werner, Maha Almalki, Christopher Burch, Benoit Renvoise)

Cogentis Pharmaceuticals’ mission is to develop and commercialize an innovative therapeutic breakthrough for Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders in order to improve patients’ quality of life and reduce the burden of disease on their families, providers, and the overall healthcare system.

Jessica Toh

Our new technology combines non-contact sensors, cloud analytics, and a mobile app to determine age-appropriate and customised ways to improve a child’s sleep and therefore overall wellbeing.

UroLogic (Nawar Al-Zebari, Igor Romanov, Ismael Moreno-Gomez)

We introduce a novel urinary catheter from smart materials that will reduce the number of urinary-tract infections.

 

Social Enterprise Winners

 

Paramis (Phil Grayeski, Kayla Miele, Edward Tan, George Grillo)

Paramis will develop a novel filtration to process acidic whey, a by-product and environmental pollutant, from the Greek Yogurt industry.

Aripo (Tandadzo Matanda)

Aripo Neonatal Care is a social enterprise, which aims to drastically change neonatal care in Sub-Sahara Africa and around the globe through the use of specially designing bio-fuelled incubator units, and hands on training and education on neonatal best practice.

Madanyu (Maximilian Bock, Aftab Jalia)

We are a not-for-profit social enterprise facilitating computer literacy for children in the developing world.

 

Social Enterprise Runner-ups

 

Fruitannia (Vanessa Stefanak)

Fruitannia is a social enterprise concept intended to benefit both the local community and a national children’s’ charity fighting hunger (Magic Breakfast).

Ultrasafe Ultrasound (Sonya Davey, Abhishek Biswas, Samir Devalaraja, Haris Godil, Neil Davey, Otilia Strecu)

Ultrasafe Ultrasound has created a technology that blurs the genital organ of a fetus on a live ultrasound machine, thus preventing doctors from determining the sex of the fetus.

The Whistle (Ella McPherson, Scott Limbrick)

Journalists and human rights defenders are faced with a large flow of information purporting to shed light on violations. The Whistle’s digital platform will support verification of information by assisting citizen witnesses to supplement their digital reports of violations with corroborating information (for example, metadata).

 

Software Stream Winners

Sponsoo (Andreas Kitzing, Béla Julian Anda, Christian Kaspar, Konstantin Möllers, Tobias Tilly)

Sponsoo is a data-driven online marketplace that connects athletes or sport teams with sponsors. Our goal is to make sponsorship transparent and easily available for everyone.

DateSafe (David Purcell)

DateSafe is quick tool that gives the user confidence that the person they are due to meet is the person they say they are. Searching only on the mobile number they have given you we verify their name, age, marital status, and provide you with a selection of pictures. This is all done in a legal non-intrusive manner and leaves no footprint.

Silent Concert (Marco Fiocco)

Wouldn’t be cool to have the option to go to concerts with your favourite headphones and listen to a high-quality audio stream directly from the mixer board?

 

Software Stream Runner-ups

 

Slick Stream  (Ashley Scillitoe, Carlo Quaglia, Musabbir Abdul Majeed)

SlickStream will allow you to virtually build or upgrade a bike, then keeps track of maintenance by looking at your cycling data, and suggests when components need replacing or upgrading.

 

Last Mile Technologies (Alan Nichol, Alexander Weidauer)

treev is the fastest way to access all your work in the cloud, keeping you focused.

 

 

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Upcoming events

March 2015

05
Young Entrepreneur Workshop 3 (The perfect elevator pitch)

April 2015

10
£5K competition deadline

May 2015

05
CUE £5K competition judging meeting (Science & Technology)
06
CUE £5K competition judging meeting (Social Enterprise)
07
CUE £5K competition judging meeting (Software)
13
CUE Grand Finale

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.

Submission form: deadline has passed.

£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.

Submission form: deadline has passed.

£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 the £5k prizes, the angel prize as well as potential investment in your business.

Submission form: submit your business plan here before midnight, April 10th 2015.

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

  • Akshay Sarma – Business School Relations Director
  • Tania Villares Balsa – Business School Relations Director
  • Luana Fagarasan – President
  • Yifei Yu – Associate Marketing Director
  • Peyman Gifani – Science & Technology Director
  • Wanchen Liu – Associate Sponsorship Director
  • Emerson Csorba – Marketing & Sponsorship Director
  • Alex Kouptsov – Treasurer
  • Milad Mehrabanifard – Undergraduate Relations Director
  • Douwe Kiela – Vice President
  • Krste Pangovski – Software Director
  • Amy Shang – Silicon Valley Initiative Director

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.