Winner of a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in November 2015, Edible Bug Farm produces human grade edible insects using scientific management principles. They aim to be a leading expert and pioneer in the entomophagy industry, offering an alternative solution to the imminent global food security crisis facing the world today. The farming technologies they are developing are designed specifically to be automated, cost-efficient, sustainable, and can be easily replicated to meet demand. The UN estimates around 70% of global agricultural land and fresh water is currently dedicated to farming livestock. Compared to traditional livestock, insects such as crickets have been found to be at least 11 times more efficient when it comes to feed to meat conversion. Whilst cows produce only 4kg of beef per 100 kg of feed, crickets produce 47kg of meat. Insects also require around 0.0005% of the water needed to produce the same amount of edible protein.
Winner of the October 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, the business provides an easy way for universities to recoup space, generate revenue and prevent waste of their unwanted equipment. They collect, store and sell unwanted items from universities to their network of specialist business customers and then return a profit share back to the university. The scheme helps to tackle natural resource challenges by improving sustainability of the scientific industry and it will prevent an estimated 201.6 tonnes of useable equipment going to disposal by year three. The business recently acquired 300 chairs headed for disposal and sold them on, resulting in the prevention of four tonnes of waste, reducing CO2 by over 30,000kg.
Winner of the September 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, Entomics are pioneering the transformation of food waste into sustainable sources of fuel for plants, animals and vehicles. Instead of breaking food waste down, they’re building it up into more complex and valuable chemical compounds using insects. Using food waste as the input and the Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia Illucens) as the key catalyst, their process generates biodiesel from modified insect fats, with high protein animal feed and fertiliser/biopesticide arising as side products. Each of their products acts as ‘fuel’ for a different industry – biodiesel in heating your house and powering your car (Energy and Transportation), animal feed in raising chickens, fish and other livestock (Livestock Farming) and fertiliser/biopesticide in improving agricultural yields (Agriculture).
Winner of the August 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, Filamentive is a sustainable 3D printing material brand. Manufactured in Europe, they differentiate from the rest by offering consumables with environmental credentials such as a low carbon footprint and advocate degradable bioplastics as opposed to harmful alternatives. It is estimated that only 1-3% of all plastics used are recycled. The material is almost always non-biodegradable. Already this year (as of August 2015) over 6 million tons of plastic waste has been dumped in oceans. Filamentive are aiming to reduce this problem by converting this waste into usable 3D printing filament, which can then be purchased individually by hobbyists, schools, businesses and retailers.
Winner of the July 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, CAVENTOU create sustainable smart objects that use the property of colour to convert sunlight into energy. Their first product, the Current Table, functions as a source of energy to charge your devices. The entire top surface of the Current Table is made of dye-sensitised solar cells which, unlike traditional PV cells, operate efficiently under diffused sunlight. This makes Current Table the first piece of furniture capable of harvesting energy indoors. CAVENTOU is working with tech companies to develop a sensor that is integrated into the table to make it a smart object, which reads information on its environment, such as light intensity, and shares this back to the user.
Winner of the June 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, Adaptavate are completely rethinking and redesigning how the new generation of building materials are made. Adaptavate are developing bio-based building products that lock carbon into the fabric of buildings, helping to mitigate CO2 driven climate change. Adaptavate's first product, Breathaboard, is a bio-based alternative to the ubiquitous building material used for internal lining in buildings: plasterboard. It's installed in exactly the same way, except it provides a carbon sequestering potential to help mitigate CO2 driven climate change, and it is made of 75% plant matter so it provides a renewable solution to the 15 million tonnes of plasterboard that goes to landfill each year globally.
Winner of the May 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, Naturosys creates organic fertiliser and fish feed from food waste. Last year the UK produced 13 million tonnes of food waste, costing the economy billions. This waste is either sent to landfill or to composting facilities with a considerable loss in valuable nutrients. Naturosys intend to harness these wasted nutrients by converting them into fertiliser and animal feed ingredients to make healthy animal feed, while at the same time reducing dependence on landfills and composting facilities.
Winner of the April 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, Penumbra Power is a technology start-up committed to the reduction of emissions from vehicle exhaust gasses through their innovation, currently called ‘Pre-Treatment'. The internal combustion engine is set to be around for a long time and the UK automotive council's most forward looking roadmap up to 2050 still expects continuing IC engine development, particularly in commercial vehicles. As a result, the emissions associated with these engines will be under continuing scrutiny for the foreseeable future. Penumbra Power’s product would be retrofitted to current exhaust systems and would replace part or all of current after-treatment systems used in trucks and vehicles, improving air quality and significantly reducing emissions.
Winner of the March 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, Design By Sol have developed an innovative, integrated, bio-reactive food expiry label, called Bump Mark, which is designed to indicate the conditions of food inside its packaging. Using gelatine to model the decay process of food, Bump Mark is able to indicate exactly the condition food inside the package is in, simply by running one’s finger over the label. Almost half of all purchased food is wasted and the impact of food loss throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption, is not just financial. It also means that fertilizers, pesticides and transport fuel have been wasted. In a world with limited natural resources, Bump Mark’s cost-effective food waste-reducing technology is a novel and standard-defining solution.
Winner of the February 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, Admium helps cities evolve with changing public need through the design, manufacture, supply and installation of inventive ad supported street furniture and services. Admium’s flagship product is Sentinel, an advertising-supported bicycle parking structure, equipped with a built in locking mechanism and key-card or mobile app access. ‘Get Britain cycling’, the annual parliamentary report on the progress towards the national goals of 10% of journeys made by bicycle by the year 2020, and 25% by the year 2050, stated that the two primary barriers to entry for cycling is the lack of safe and dedicated cycling infrastructure and the fear of bicycle theft. Admium answers to both of these problems, by significantly increasing the security of bicycles with Sentinel and by reinvesting a portion of advertising revenue into improving cycling infrastructure.
Winner of the January 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award, BananaBerry is a social enterprise that utilises surplus fruit and vegetables to create smoothies, fresh to order, for offices and events in London with 10p from every bottle sold going to Cancer Research UK. BananaBerry deliver their home-made smoothies via pedal power, thus helping to reduce their carbon footprint. BananaBerry are hoping to launch a new product in the near future, a sorbet made from the surplus pulp that is a by-product from their smoothies, thus creating more products from the surplus fruit and vegetables. BananaBerry are hoping to encourage other to utilise surplus food by investing in a production kitchen, allowing others to access space to make their products from surplus.
HelpingB allows young changemakers to bring their ideas to life through the business’ crowdfunding platform. Alongside the crowdfunding platform, HelpingB also offers a wide range of support for those who want to start their own social ventures.
Showslice is an event matchmaking tool which facilitates private connections between event owners/buyers based on their similar event requirements. This empowers unique economical and sustainability opportunities through the sharing of temporary technical production, infrastructure and set-up costs back-to-back at one venue. The amount of waste generated from carbon emissions and solid waste to landfill on just one temporary mid to large event alone is surprising. It is estimated that the majority of events currently recycle only 15% of total waste. Sharing event set-up costs creates more budget for better experiences and allows the events industry to have a more positive impact on the environment.
Energy Donwell is a social enterprise which connects investors to wind, solar and hydro energy projects. Energy Donwell’s crowdfunding platform allows members of the local community, investors and members of the public to invest in energy projects within a community. Energy Donwell reinvests a percentage of its revenue into community incentives to stop fuel poverty and reduce local CO2 emissions.
The Smoothie Kit Co simplifies the smoothie making process by creating a one-stop smoothie making kit. The Smoothie Kit Co has created an all-in-one-pot product which combines frozen fruit and vegetables with added super-food boosters to allow you to make your perfect smoothie from scratch without any hassle. The kits come in recycled disposable cups ready-to-blend and enjoy on-the-go. The Smoothie Kit Co lets the consumer bypass the commercial process altogether to make their own smoothie using whole pieces of fruit and vegetables, providing a 100% natural smoothie, that is high in fibre, comparably low in sugar and which has not been processed or pasteurised.
Myyfeed designsinnovative baby feeding products to help solve common problems when feedinginfants. Their first product, the Myyfeed Baby Formula Mixer, provides aninnovative new way to store and prepare baby milk. Myyfeed has designed andcreated a powder dispenser which attaches to the top of a baby’s bottle,allowing you to store the required amount of formula until you are ready togive it to the baby. Then simply press the push button which dispenses theformula into the hot water and mix. Myyfeed Baby Formula Mixer also comes withan insulated flask.
Aqua Power Technologies is developing an innovative, financially feasible, and mechanically sound solution to convert wave energy into electricity. The wave energy converters, designed and fabricated by Aqua Power Technologies, are deployed within the offshore environment, anchored and left to generate energy from the natural power of the waves. The multi-axis nature of the design is its unique selling point and key novel design invention. The structure’s ability to absorb all the forces being applied to it not only increases its power generating potential, but also helps to provide a longer duration in service, due to the lack of stress being applied to the structure.
The Sterling Shave Club provides subscription shaving product boxes for men, delivering up to five razor heads to your door each month. The Sterling Shave Club currently offers a range of three packages, all of which include a free handle and at least four razor heads per month, starting from £3.95, saving its customers time and money. The packages contain a range of products and features including trimmer blades, vitamin E and aloe lubricating strips, unique pivoting design, and ceramic coated blades with an anti-drag feature.
Medincle have developed an affordable and extensively compatible British medical spell checking programme built for students as well as healthcare professionals. Medincle’s small widget of software seamlessly integrates itself into a user’s word processing programme (Office or iWork), enabling them to proofread their documents. Since they began trading in early 2014, Medincle has rolled out their software and have secured sales with a number of universities and their programme is currently being used by over 4,000 medical and dentistry students, as well as faculty and staff.
StephieAnn Design creates luxury lingerie which emphasises creativity by concentrating on innovative surface design. Applying a textile perspective, the business creates prints featuring original hand-drawings and photography, transformed through technology and printed in Britain onto silks. StephieAnn’s first collection features luxury and affordable knicker ranges, soft cup bras, camisoles, shorts and teddies for loungewear. The business plans to offer a monthly ‘knicker gift subscription’, which will feature new seasonal collections and collectable print designs delivered monthly to your door.
Ella Banks Ltd has created the UK's first range of superfruit toiletries for children, called Good Bubble. Aimed at children aged 3+ years, the Good Bubble range consists of Super Bubbly Bubble Bath, Clean as a Bean Shampoo, Smoothy Softy Conditioner and Bish Bash Bosh! Hair & Body Wash, all available in two superfruit variants: Dragon Fruit and Cloudberry. Good Bubble’s products contain fruits which are renowned for their high vitamin content and antioxidant properties.
Their products are all at least 98% natural and are registered with the Vegan Society and have been ophthalmologist and dermatologically tested. All Good Bubble products are made in the UK and are free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicone, artificial colour, and contain an allergen-free fragrance.
PitchWise is a live booking website for football pitches that ensures value and convenience. PitchWise’s slogan is ‘Search, Book, Play.’ Traditionally, customers rely on finding out about convenient or affordable local pitches by word of mouth, checking availability by phoning/emailing, and then paying in cash on the day. PitchWise customers simply use the website to search across all football formats (5 to 11 a-side) on all surfaces (grass, rubberised and indoor), and then book with a debit/credit card.
DividaBill is a Utility Management Service that aims to eliminate the headache and hassle of shared utility bills for students, energy suppliers and rental agents. Students have little or no experience of organising and sharing bills in multiple occupancy accommodation. Utility suppliers also fail to bridge the gap between their service and their customer’s needs. DividaBill simply sets up, pays and settles utility bills in multi-tenancy households, even closing accounts at the end of their tenancy.
PonyoSquid is a sportswear brand created to promote sport safety through visibility using a colour-coded concept which identifies the ability level of a skier. PonyoSquid’s colour coded concept directly corresponds with the level of a ski run (i.e. green for beginners, blue for amateurs and red for advanced skiers). Inspired by car fog lights PonyoSquid have integrated various lighting techniques which are also useful for night skiing safety.
Their automated, solar powered light technology activates as soon as visibility is diminished, though it also has a manual button in the cuff. Additionally, the lights have different static or flash frequencies to show when a skier is in distress or if there is an upcoming hazard.more info
Avélére have created the first range of fashion display furniture for the home. Avélére want people to use their clothes to brighten up their houses and show their individuality, not hide them away in mass-produced wardrobes. Their products range from practical shoe storage solutions – using shoes as art around the home – to open wardrobes which hang from your ceiling, offering more space and easier access to clothes. All components for Avélére's products are supplied by a network of UK specialists which allows them to provide great quality products at affordable prices. Since their launch in 2013 Avélére have been successfully selling their products through multiple online channels.
KitchPack provides high quality, 33-piece kitchenware sets for new students to collect upon arriving at university. The business helps first year students to save money on essential kitchenware, ensuring that they have high-quality kitchenware upon arrival at university without the hassle of having to go out and buy it. After a successful launch at Lancaster University, KitchPack now have partnerships with St Andrews, Royal Holloway and 17 other top UK universities as well. The business provides its partner universities with a dedicated website to process orders, free delivery, free marketing materials and a commission on pre-orders.
trtl (pronounced ‘turtle’) have created the next generation of travel pillow – the trtl sleepscarf. It is supportive and comfortable, allowing traveller’s to sleep for up to 8 hours in economy class. It looks just like a scarf so it’s more elegant than a travel pillow, is incredibly light, and packs easily inside or outside your luggage. trtl are currently stocked in The Excess Baggage Company, Terminals 4 and 5 of Heathrow Airport, St Pancras International, and will soon be stocked in Terminal 2 of Heathrow and Madrid Airports.
Freedom One Life are committed to setting a new standard of mobility for disabled people around the world by using cutting edge technology and engineering standards to create the next generation of power wheelchair. Power wheelchair technology has remained the same since the late ‘90s and currently falls far short of meeting the needs of a fully active adult with a 24/7 lifestyle. The technology is old and the designs are heavy and cumbersome. Freedom One Life’s design tackles these issues by producing a lightweight, reliable and relatively inexpensive power wheelchair that will bring its customers a new and long overdue experience of freedom and mobility.
Wordme is a universal greeting card company that has designed a range of fun and innovative greeting cards in the form of a wordsearch. The concept allows individuals to choose the occasion that they wish to use the card for, by finding and circling the appropriate word(s). The business is hoping to change the way in which people shop for greeting cards as each Wordme card has 14 occasions integrated into the wordsearch. The Wordme range currently has a portfolio of seven products covering all occasions, relations, dates and ages. Wordme cards are currently stocked in 16 retailers across the UK.
Holly and Beau are bringing fun and excitement into welly wearing weather through its colour changing collection which provides an alternative to dull children’s waterproofs. The business has created innovative waterproofs that burst with colour when water splashes onto the designs, eventually returning to their original colour once dry. This exciting process is repeated every time the fabric comes into contact with water, ensuring that there will never be a boring rainy day again.
Veglo aims to be the leaders in personal safety illumination. Veglo want to not only provide bike lights, but also revolutionise the way in which they are used by cyclists in the hope of creating a safer cycling environment. Veglo currently has one product ready to take to market, the commuter X4, which is a wearable, fibre optic rear light that can be worn around any size backpack or across your shoulders. It creates a unique X-shape which, unlike a single point light, allows drivers to more accurately judge the distance, width and speed of cyclists.
Viva la Vita aims to provide a new, fun and easy way to book fitness classes. Viva la Vita have created an app which refreshes daily to provide a shortlist of the best fitness classes happening in London today and tomorrow. Bookings are easily made through the app and proof of purchase is stored within the application as a ticket for reference and admittance. Viva la Vita have successfully partnered with 40 fitness providers, including member only gyms which have agreed to waiver this requirement for app users. Viva la Vita hope to expand and introduce their app into other cities, such as New York, once they have successfully launched in London.
Papora is the new way to learn a foreign language. It combines cutting-edge online and mobile language learning software with a global online community of language learners at an affordable price. The service currently boasts a 17,000-strong user base and offers courses in English and Spanish. It has had over 20,000 app downloads to date and features a video-audio chat system, lessons that are based on real life situations, social immersion, culture and grammar, and links online language-learning with native speakers.
Smarti Paints Limited is a social enterprise which was set up to provide adults with disabilities access to social activities that promote social interaction and the learning of new crafting skills within a comfortable environment. This can help build confidence and, in time, help participants to develop life skills and independence. The business is a community based organisation that supports adults with disabilities to craft in a fun, affordable and educational way. Through their classes, the business aims to help promote independent choice and the development of social skills and crafting techniques.
Team Insight aims to take the Paralympic sport of Goalball into the workplace as a teambuilding experience. As well as promoting trust, communication and teamwork through the sport, Team Insight brings visual impairment awareness to their clients in a fun and unique way. The business has already begun to set up key links with organisations that are keen to offer the service to their corporate sponsors.
Lab Rascals provides educational, hands-on, scientific children’s entertainment which promotes scientific careers, creativity and problem solving in an interactive way to primary schools and parents. The hands-on activities are highly appealing to children because most children like to be interactively involved rather than just watching demonstrations or shows. The educational aspect of Lab Rascals is attractive to most parents, as the pressures for educational input from parents are continuously increasing. The business offers several school workshops and science party packages aimed at both boys and girls alongside tailored science parties and school workshops to the individual customer.
Kelly Medical aims to offer a flexible system which gives sufferers of chronic conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes a chance to complete their health rehabilitation in a time efficient and completely personalised manner. By using patented technology the business will be able to use an individual’s genetics to ascertain which rehab interventions are most suitable and how likely they are to respond to that intervention. Given the rise in avoidable in-activity related illness, it is probable that health insurance policies will begin to be charged at a rate dictated by an individual’s lifestyle and health status. By using genetic predictors as well as health and lifestyle monitoring technology, Kelly Medical will be able to provide comprehensive health and lifestyle reports to insurers at the client’s request.
Translive Global provides professional online translation, interpretation and transcription services. It can take up to two weeks for a translation agency to find you a linguist, obtain a quote and send the work off. Translive Global does this in seconds. It’s faster, cheaper, and easier, without a loss to the quality of the service. You can choose from over 1200 linguists and have them interpreting in your meeting instantly via video link – cutting the cost of interpretation services by 40%.
Just Teach It is a one stop shop for classroom and teaching resources, offering attractive, engaging and child-friendly resources, from role-play packs to maths activities. By subscribing to the site, the customer can download, print and use its numerous resources. The business also has a blog which supports teachers to use the resources and provides inspiration for the classroom. Moreover, the business’ expanding range of iPhone and iPad applications helps teachers bring technology into the classroom to support children further.
London Surf Breaks currently takes surfers from London to UK surfing destinations, and is now launching Global Surf Breaks, taking surfers overseas. As an activity tour provider, the company appeals to three levels of surfing ability, including Surfers, Dabblers and Samplers, who have never been before but would like to give it a go for the experience. The trips are open all year round, as the summer is warmer but it can be busy and the waves are typically small, while the winter is colder but the waves are bigger and better.
Our Honest Foods is on a mission to fill the awkward gaps for the adventurous snackers of Britain. Since founding the company, the business has served the office workers of Bath, delivered over 200 snack boxes to their monthly subscribing customers, attended numerous markets, and delivered 400 bespoke boxes to a prominent Bath hotel. The business relies on the honesty of the customers to pay for the price marked items by placing the corresponding amount in the built in honesty box. With a 96% honesty rate from customers, the company is now catering for those at home, sending out their Best of British Snackoria, or boxes full of heavenly snack products. These are delivered monthly and fit through the letterbox, containing a bevy of independently produced British snack foods.
4Lunch is a social enterprise start-up that delivers cooking workshops for young people, improving employability through food. 4Lunch offers the ‘Cook Inspire Change’ workshop programme, which gives participants the exciting opportunity to sell their own food to the public on the 4Lunch market stall. The ‘Cook Inspire Change’ workshop programme pushes the boundaries by challenging young people to apply their new cookery and sales skills to a real work environment.
Takuro Apparel aims to make premium quality products for the European and Western fashion markets, which are made from the finest Himalayan fabrics and ethically produced in Nepal. Their goal is to build a large international fashion network that keeps quality and equality as its core beliefs.
Takuro Apparel wants to work with outcast widows in Nepal who have suffered generations of discrimination, leaving them with no means to support their families. With the help of Women for Human Rights, Takuro employs these women to manufacture bags and apparel, giving them fair and sustainable employment.
The Surprise Concierge organises bespoke and creative surprise experiences as an innovative gift alternative. Rather than giving your loved ones the same gifts over and over again (clothing, jewellery or the ever pervasive spa day vouchers), The Surprise Concierge organises a surprise for them that they'll truly never forget, and won't want to return to the store.
The business’ offering ranges from organising a surprise private dinner for two with an in-house chef for the shy and retiring type, to organising flashmob greetings that dance to the extrovert’s favourite song.
Grabble lets online shoppers save their favourite fashion products from any other site and organise into personalised collections, using the business’ ‘Grab’ button. The service also sends online shoppers sale alerts on items they are interested in, enhancing their browsing experience.
The business enables retailers to sell online and leverage their existing social media communities to share collections of their favourite or relevant products without any technical integration, cost or time expense. The business currently has 50,000+ products in its listing, all of which have been ‘grabbed’ from a retailer’s website or added by the retailer. Grabble gives consumers an easy way to follow brands they love, and receive sale alerts for the products they want.
Frumtious is a health-conscious natural food company, producing healthy, fruit-based snacks suitable for all diets and ages. Specifically targeting health-conscious young adults and parents, Frumtious is committed to using only natural ingredients to create its range of products. The flagship Frumtious product is a pot of real fruit jelly, made from blended fruits and a vegan setting agent.
As a standalone product it’s a great way to enjoy fruit on-the-go, or you can use it to liven up porridge or yoghurt. Frumtious products contain real ‘super fruits’, which contribute towards your daily dose of fruit and vegetables and provide a variety of health benefits.
Julieta Ose was awarded £1,000 for her business in a special Shell LiveWIRE elevator pitch competition that took place at NACUE's 'Student Enterprise Conference 2014' held at Sheffield Hallam University on 15th-16th February 2014. Her business, OxyOse, produces a health drink that contains natural fruit juice, herbal extracts and vitamins, as well as pure oxygen, which the business infuses into the products. The products have a long list of health benefits to the elderly, children, and pregnant women in particular.
Klinked is a mobile and web optimised app that provides its customers with a live advertising platform to increase the exposure of their offers, events and updates to a mobile user base. Klinked is like a digital chalkboard that lets businesses tell people the things they want them to know. With 74% of users now searching the web on a mobile platform it has never been more important for a business to have a mobile presence.
The average cost of a bespoke mobile app is approximately £14,000 to £22,000, making it an expensive investment. For the fixed monthly cost of £30, Klinked provides customers with an unlimited mobile advertising platform with an established user base that is already searching for their product in their area.
KYMIRA sport has developed the next evolution in performance sportswear. By combining performance design with cutting-edge responsive textiles the business has created a range of products that harness the wearer’s wasted energy (primarily heat) and converts it into infrared radiation.
Their products have been clinically proven to increase blood circulation, increase tissue oxygen levels by up to 20% compared to standard compression products, increase the rate of recovery post training or injury and provide pain relief.more info
Lonely Mountain Skis is a Scottish ski company that makes high performance bespoke skis from natural, sustainable materials. Each pair of skis comes with a service kit of handmade tools and organic ski wax. Local Scottish hardwoods form the backbone of the ski's construction, which is then reinforced with flax fibres in eco resin.
The combination of these materials results in a strong, lightweight ski that performs excellently on snow. By using as much local and natural materials as possible, Lonely Mountain Skis will combat climate change and help keep snow falling on the mountains.more info
My Special Parcel (MSP) delivers educational materials to children (4-8 years) once a month through a subscription membership. Activities and materials are based on a country theme so children will have the opportunity to learn about a new country and its culture, expanding their global awareness through the information they absorb, including the country’s history, geography and language.
MSP provides an opportunity for children to expand their knowledge of other cultures, as well as developing compassion and empathy for children around the world. A child will receive their very own parcel once a month, which will be addressed to them, and will include a craft activity, book, recipe card, and paper activities.more info
Care Rocks offers a fun, up to date, earth science news activity session within the care sector to improve health and wellbeing through learning. Care Rocks is hired by elderly residential, nursing homes and day care centres to go into homes to deliver a monthly one-hour session led by a Care Rocks leader (a qualified scientist), who will review that month’s worldwide earth science news. This informative presentation is supported by demonstrations, videos and quizzes to get the residents engaged and stimulated. Earth science news is a powerful tool for discussion and stimulates thinking and learning, a much needed element within the weekly activity agenda.
PocketQube Shop is a hub for a class of satellites called PocketQubes. PocketQubes are 5cm cube satellites and allow access to space for University researchers, students and amateur groups, for the lowest price. PocketQubes are smaller, cheaper, and less costly to launch into orbit than their competitors, allowing small teams that need access to space to train engineers of the future to test new technologies and develop new business models to create economic growth. The business offers a one-stop shop for components (including structures, deployers, electronics, solar panels etc), a modular project mentoring service and the latest launch opportunities.
For Evelyn provides bespoke and off-the-peg luxury fashion accessories, consisting of millinery and capes, which are aimed at the bridal and occasion wear market. The business offers a face-to-face consultation to make bespoke pieces in the client’s choice of colour and style to coordinate with an existing outfit or make the extra special finishing touch to their wedding outfit. Additionally, the business supplies capes to Saudi Arabia, filling a niche in the Middle Eastern fashion market for a 'fashion forward' cover up as an alternative to a traditional shawl.
Cappuccino Ads print portable advertising on takeaway coffee cups and distribute them to independent coffee shops in the city centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow, with plans to expand to the rest of Scotland. The advertiser gets their brand in the hands of their targeted demographic, the coffee shops get free takeaway coffee cups (removing one of their biggest costs), and the business cuts down on waste as they use locally sourced cups which are completely compostable.
Asap Water Crafts has developed a small, electric, one-person watercraft for rescue use and the leisure market. Rescuing and towing people in the water is extremely difficult, and there has been little innovation in water rescue equipment.
Most equipment is for leisure and adapted for rescue purpose – for example a jet ski needs its water outlet modified and a paddleboard is simply fitted with extra handles. Fuel-hungry, high-revving jet skis are also expensive to buy and run and take two lifeguards to launch.
The business has designed a solar charged, quick launch craft, specifically for rescue – providing a cheaper and more purpose-built alternative.
Roses are Rubbish is an up-cycling business which makes products out of waste materials.
Roses are Rubbish recycles waste materials from a number of different organisations which helps to make them more sustainable and eco-friendly, while also reducing the cost of getting rid of their waste.
The waste material Roses are Rubbish collects is then made into unique items such as wallets from vinyl festival banners, handbags made from tents and seat belts from old cars
In the future Roses are Rubbish would like to open a shop stocking only products made from recycled materials, with the focus on practical products for the home and fashion items.
Makerble visualises the impact of charitable donations so you understand the good you've done for the causes you care about.
You start by choosing your favourite causes and how much you want to donate per month and Makerble then curates a personalised stream of projects that match your interests sourced from its catalogue of charities.
Whenever a project is completed the charity publishes impact statistics and photos which Makerble visualises as numbered icons that appear on your personal Change Timeline and which can be shared on Facebook inspiring your friends to give too.
Amazing If will provide inspiring and action orientated career learning and development services to individuals – particularly targeted at the millennial generation. The millennial workforce is seeking jobs that offer fulfilment, purpose and flexibility. However they are faced with two challenges.
Firstly, organisations are not traditionally structured to support this need from employees. Secondly, millennials are often not given the support required through education or the workplace to actively take ownership for their own career – resulting in an unhappy workforce.
The Amazing If courses are designed to be accessible, affordable and actionable to enable individuals to take control of and invest in their own development, to create happier careers and fulfil their potential.
Milly & Bear (formerly Little Bear) will be producing and retailing cellular blankets and cellular sleeping bags for babies. Cellular blankets are the best thing for babies because they help regulate their temperature and reduce the risk of suffocation and cot death. However whilst the blankets are readily available already, they are tired and going out of fashion. The business plans to reinvigorate the market with new blankets that are great quality and in a variety of bright colours, and produce cellular blanket sleeping bags, which are not currently available but offer a great solution for older babies.
GoEnrol.com aims to make enrolment easier for academic institutions and students. It will take students from discovery through to enrolling on a course in one streamlined process. For academic institutions it will provide them with a low risk, low cost way of recruiting students from all over the world. The business currently offers information on over 350 UK institutions and 31,000 courses in the UK and is now adding English language courses and a mechanism for students to enrol on these courses directly through Go Enrol's website. Go Enrol's customers will primarily be English Language training and summer course providers, with a free information service being provided to students.
Version 22 designs, manufactures and sells innovative consumer houseware products through department stores and direct to customers online. One of the business’ first products is Nimble, a safe and easy to use finger tool that cuts open awkward packaging with ease, whether this is difficult food and drink packaging such as milk carton tops or microwave meals, or more stubborn packaging like the infamous clam-shell. Nimble is designed to enable people with hand related disabilities, such as arthritis, to use the product to open food and drink packaging independently. Version 22 will manufacture all of its products within the UK to support local businesses and promote home-grown manufacturing talent.
Top Collar aims to inspire a fun attitude towards pet health. The business does this through its range of pet foods, which consist of a range of fresh and natural treats for pets of all ages, using locally sourced, human-grade ingredients. The Top Collar pet menu includes the Classic Roast, the Full English, which is designed for dogs, and classic fish and chips for cats. The different ranges aim to help pets with certain conditions, such as the ‘Golden oldie’ range which aims to ease arthritis, fatigue, and stomach problems in older dogs. In the future, Top Collar wants to introduce vegan and gluten free ranges.
The Wild Peanut produces gourmet peanut butter with a twist. Their products contain no additives or preservatives, and come in a number of unique flavours including: Peanut Butter and Chilli, Peanut Butter and Strawberry and Peanut Butter and Raspberry. In the future the Wild Peanut is looking to develop new flavours, while also expanding into the fitness and nutrition market with ‘Wild Tubes’. These are small tubes of peanut butter which offer a great source of protein after fitness training.
Fans Choir Limited is an interactive mobile football application and interlinked website that allows users to express their opinion about a football club’s team selection, performance and tactics whilst watching them play live from any location. The features include being able to voice your opinion on the starting line-up, rate the players at half time and full time, select the man of the match and rate the manager. A fan can share their opinion by social media, see the overall opinion of their fellow fans and submit their data for free to the Fans Choir website. In the future Fans Choir aims to expand by making an App for the 2014 Football World Cup, other major football leagues as well other team sports.
Honest Brew is an open source brewery aiming to help people create and discover beer. They offer a range of products and services including their Honest Beer range, Bespoke Beer service and Pop-up Brew Space events. The Honest Beers are co-created and open source; Honest Brew shares all their recipes online so that people can have a go at recreating them at home or at the Brew Space. Honest Brew works with organisations, who want their own branded commercial beers, to create their Bespoke Beers. Their Pop-Up Brew Space events are an opportunity for people to learn how to brew their own beer; they provide the equipment, recipe, ingredients and advice to help groups of people make their own beer.
OpenPlay Ltd is a marketplace designed to connect sports facilities to their customers. It offers a sports venue listings site with an integrated online booking system, and management tool to help even the smallest sports facilities take bookings online. OpenPlay allows sports facilities to sell their excess capacity and operate more efficiently without relying on paper or MS Excel. OpenPlay want to help build communities around the sports facilities to encourage increased sports participation. OpenPlay believe the business to be scalable as they provide all the tools needed for sports facilities to operate more efficiently, including training manuals.
Eatibbles creates quality gluten-free products that can't be distinguished from their gluten-containing alternatives, products that all the family can enjoy regardless of whether they have coeliac disease or not. Many gluten-free products currently available are quite tough to eat and not of the same quality as their gluten-containing alternatives. In the future, Eatibbles will branch into a range of food products that address a number of different food intolerances and allergies, allowing those who suffer from these conditions to enjoy the foods that many take for granted. They will develop food products that promote health and prevent disease and illness, covering a range of issues including the immune system, bone strength, and heart health.
Cast Iron Kitchen is a street food company operating from a motorised Piaggio trike. They sell Scottish steak and black pudding sandwiches cooked on a cast iron griddle served with unusual sauces, such as chimmichurri and teppanyaki. The trike will serve the company’s unique product at various street markets around London. In the future, Cast Iron Kitchen will look to purchase other vehicles to enable trade at consecutive markets whilst also signing up to a street food agency to allow the product to reach private and corporate clients.
My Smart Idea is a product development company that aims to create new, exciting and innovative products. Over the last two years the business has created four new products, two of which have received government funding to allow them to be developed. The products include: a menswear accessory (www.tiegenie.co.uk), a range of pet accessories and toys (www.clever-paws.com), a children's bedding product, and a kitchenware accessory. My Smart Idea creates innovative solutions to common problems, as well as fun and engaging products.
bio-bean recycles coffee grounds into biodiesel and biomass pellets. The idea is unique in that it is the culmination of three concepts: waste collection, biomass pellet production, and biodiesel production. bio-bean will collect waste coffee grounds from coffee houses, roasters and instant coffee producers in London, and then deliver the waste to bio-bean's processing plant where it will be converted to biofuel, which bio-bean will then sell.
Lodge Your Dog is a unique marketplace for dog sitters. It offers a platform for dog sitters to create a profile, find dog owners, and take secure bookings. Lodge Your Dog is the safer, simpler, and guilt free alternative to kennels. They have a unique partnership with the National Association of Registered Pet Sitters (NARP) which means every dog sitter on Lodge Your Dog must meet the highest industry standards. Further to this, they insure every booking with an industry leading policy provider, ensuring safety and the highest quality of care.
The Indian Bicycle Shop is an online bicycle shop that sells traditional all-steel bicycles and accessories which are imported from India. As well as an online shop, they are registered traders at Portobello Road Market, The Rare Brands Market and STK Market, and aim to start selling wholesale to independent bike shops this year.
The bicycles come from KW Bicycles, a family run business whose bicycles are still hand-made using traditional methods by staff who are paid a higher wage than competing factories. With every ten bicycles sold, The Indian Bicycle Shop donates a bicycle to a school girl in India to enable her to stay in education. They work in partnership with The Mann Deshi Foundation which is able to choose the families most in need of bicycles.
TapNow is a new way to connect companies with customers. Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless communication frequency that allows you to transfer data across mobile devices. TapNow will leverage this technology to help businesses to monetize previously unrealised revenue streams. The first product is ‘tap 4 taxi’. This allows consumers to seamlessly order a taxi at their location by simply tapping one of the NFC touch points with their Smartphone.
HOLDE Ltd offers a range of innovative and contemporary clothing for women who want to take HOLDE of their lives. The clothes are reasonably priced, and are practical and durable. HOLDE is a sustainable brand in the fashion world as it is fulfilling a unique niche – to provide garments with a high-fashion design aesthetic, yet with an accessible price point. The business is also very passionate about keeping the UK manufacturing industry strong, and only produces its garments in London. They also hope to spread positive energy and empowerment to the youth of today with their brand tone, which is echoed through their statement slogan t-shirts.
Jordan Bourke's Guilt Free Gourmet brownies are luxurious and indulgent, yet totally guilt-free. Made with naturally healthy alternatives to refined sugar, wheat, and dairy, they are just as decadent and delicious as any other brownie you might taste, but far better for you. Currently selling to private clients, Jordan is now looking to bring his brownies to independent food stores in the UK, starting out in London. As a chef and author of 'The Guilt Free Gourmet', (currently no. 32 in the top 100 bestselling cookbooks on Amazon) he makes sure that flavour is not compromised for health. Instead he uses his experience as a chef to seamlessly bring together health and flavour,so the customer never feels as though they are missing out.
High Spirit Bags are bags with unique zipping designs to help prevent the loss and theft of possessions, particularly during travel on public transport and in busy areas. The design prevents the zip being accessed by another individual, whether the bag is worn using both or one of the straps.
The business currently sells online and aims to have a number of pop-up shops in London in order to create a buzz and stimulate further sales.
Clipigo is a fast, effortless and cost-effective online service which makes it easy for time-poor business people to share up-to-the-moment videos directly from their smartphones to multiple social media profiles with a single click. Once a video is recorded, Clipigo works without any further user interaction and shares the video instantly to the user’s connected social media profiles and their Clipigo Channel, which is free from adverts, competitor content and related videos.
AcclimatiseMe provides simulated altitude training from the comfort of the home, ensuring clients are pre-acclimatised for their trip to altitude so they have no need to worry about getting altitude sickness. More people are striving to reach mountain summits and go on extreme adventures at altitude, but are regularly hindered by altitude sickness. AcclimatiseMe can simulate altitude up to 8000m (the top of Kilimanjaro is 6000m) and the business currently has a 100% summit success rate with its clients.
Flavourly packs up the best award-winning food products from niche, independent producers throughout the UK into a ‘Flavour Box’ and sends them to your door for a monthly cost of £20. The Flavour Box contains a carefully selected range of 8-12 award-winning, great tasting and unique products. The business also offers small food producers the chance to get their products directly into the hands of targeted food loving consumers and trade owners. With thousands of these small food producers looking to extend their reach, the Flavour Boxes will always deliver new, unique and exciting luxury and convenience items each month.
Skribbies are kids shoes that can be customised everyday from new, much like a whiteboard for shoes. Skribbies have been created with a specially formulated shoe surface and pens that allow kids to draw on their shoes over and over again. Skribbies bring clothing customisation into the 21st century. Every pair of shoes comes with a pack of six pens, monster stickers and a wristband. Use the pens and stickers to customise your shoes and the wristband to wipe off drawings and store a pen for customisation on the go.
Pure Pet Food offers a pioneering approach to the premium dog food market. The business manufactures a dehydrated dog food which preserves its ingredients without the need for the harsh cooking processes involved in the production of commercial dry and wet foods, creating a food product with the same nutrients and goodness found in raw and homemade foods. As dog owners become more educated on what is actually in commercial foods and how they are made, many are turning to raw and home-cooked meals due to a lack of commercial options. Pure Pet Food takes away the inconvenience, health risks, and costs that raw feeding and home-cooking can bring, whilst providing a healthier alternative.
Containers Hostels Ltd brings to London the world’s first ever eco hostel made from converted shipping containers. The business is made up of three young entrepreneurs with a passion for converting unused pieces of land into accommodation for domestic and overseas tourists. The team uses their knowledge of the tourist industry to give their guests both a unique take on the capital,and the chance to enjoy some of central London’s best accommodation at a competitive price. Using shipping containers means the business is able to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to expensive London accommodation. The hostel itself has a charity programme in which it works with local and international charities to provide volunteers and donations (in the form of containers) to areas most in need. Visit www.containershostels.com for more info.
Welcome Screen is creating a gallery platform which operates as a hybrid between a physical gallery space and an online gallery. Over recent years, there has been an increasing focus within the art world on virtual galleries and online projects produced by artists. Most art now is viewed through computer screens, but the business will have a physical space in which an artist would install their work and which will be documented and uploaded online to be fully integrated into a virtual experience to view the exhibition alongside projects specifically commissioned to be online. The gallery would offer the artworks for sale but also, through a web shop, offer unique,commissioned prints and artists’ products to those who can't afford more expensive artwork. The gallery space would be made available to whoever would wish to visit and view the works in person. However, the main emphasis would be experiencing the art and viewing the items for sale through the website.
M-24 designs recycled bags from used lorry curtains and reclaimed seat belts. The bags are based around skiing and snowboarding. There are currently three main products, which include a ski bag, duffel bag, and backpack, each of which is completely unique because of the large variety of lorry curtains the business collects. Nearly 100% of the raw material is recycled and from abundant sources that would otherwise go to a landfill or be burnt. M-24 launched at the national Ski and Snowboard Show at Earls Court in 2012 and has been working ever since to fulfil orders. M-24 designs recycled bags from used lorry curtains and reclaimed seat belts. The bags are based around skiing and snowboarding. There are currently three main products, which include a ski bag, duffel bag, and backpack, each of which is completely unique because of the large variety of lorry curtains the business collects. Nearly 100% of the raw material is recycled and from abundant sources that would otherwise go to a landfill or be burnt. M-24 launched at the national Ski and Snowboard Show at Earls Court in 2012 and has been working ever since to fulfil orders.
Fikay Eco Fashion is a simple concept with a huge impact. The customer buys one ethically made recycled bag or related product and the business will donate up to 50 bricks to building projects in producing communities. The company pays a fair competitive wage to local villagers who create the bags out of locally sourced recycled materials, so not only do the producers get a fair and reasonable wage, but they also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills that permit them to have a sustainable, effective way to get out of poverty. The ethical collection is then sold to Fikay’s customers. The mission is to design, manufacture and sell inspirational, hope-inspiring fashion that is high in quality. Fikay is currently in partnership with Topdeck travel, TNT Travel and Rough Guides, and they plan to launch an eco fashion tourism internship where fashion students and individuals can go on a fashion adventure and impact every part of production.
Mooshie is a new kind of gourmet street food which showcases various types of wild mushrooms in the form of three main dishes: a signature burger, a wrap, and a ciabatta. The product is full of flavours and natural ingredients and is enhanced by a range of original sauces that complement the selection. As the business grows, Mooshie will introduce new dishes that fit with the concept and will use the seasonality aspect of exotic mushrooms to change the selection and flavours. The business will use innovative practices in product selection, choosing ethical suppliers and healthy ingredients.
WeSold offers a much needed alternative for people selling their homes, and exploits the growing popularity in online estate agents. WeSold is unique in that it offers a pay-per-view service and has no upfront fees. There is no initial charge to anyone taking up this service but the business charges a viewing fee for each viewing, up to a maximum of 12 viewings. The Online Agents market is growing fast, but such agencies lack innovation and still use the same upfront fee pricing model they started with. Research has shown that paying an upfront fee of between £250 and £600 was putting off 90% of customers who were against paying an upfront fee which is not returned if they do not manage to sell their property. WeSold’s pay-per-view service provides an innovative solution to this problem.
Caribbean Coaching works to develop sport in the Caribbean by taking over UK coaches and donated equipment. Coaches pay to come and coach at both a National and grassroots level on four and two week projects. Throughout their stay, the coaches will work on local projects geared towards social enhancement through sport, such as female empowerment through sport which looks to tackle a range of social issues such as HIV and drugs. The projects offer people the chance to coach at a much higher level and to test and develop their coaching skills and abilities while creating a very impressive CV. The business also works closely with a St Lucian charity and helps them in other rewarding projects, such as working with children with learning difficulties and youth offenders.
Shake the Dust is an ethical design brand which sources, produces and sells handmade luxury homeware and accessories. The products are created through collaborations between carefully selected emerging British designers and ethical producers in developing countries. Shake the Dust initiates commissions and guides these partnerships under its flagship brand, turning traditional craftsmanship into design-led contemporary products and providing employment, profit and development for all.
Speakset is aiming to simplify video calling for the elderly through the creation of a device that plugs into the TV, allowing grandparents to connect with grandchildren at the click of a button. Current video devices are built for a generation that has grown up with computers; they are not user friendly for the older generation who haven’t had the required technical training. The TV is the perfect familiar, intuitive and comfortable environment to support video calls.The device simply plugs in and is operated with a remote control.
Tutudesk UK provides portable school desks, Tutudesks, to children in Sub Saharan Africa. The Tutudesk is simply a flat, plastic writing surface that rests on the child’s lap. It is lightweight, portable and recyclable. Over 95 million children in Sub Saharan Africa don’t have the benefit of a classroom desk. This affects the development of literacy and overall academic performance. Over 1 million desks have already been distributed and the Campaign aims to distribute a further 20 million by the end of 2015. Research suggests that this will have a significant impact on the educational success of this generation of African children.
Fixflo is an online problem reporting system for residential property repairs (e.g. leaking roof). Fixflo is initially being targeted at the private rented subsector in which tenants rent professionally managed properties. Fixflo guides a tenant through a structured issue identification process and uses the information that is provided by a tenant (including photos) to create a clear and consistent issue report for that tenant's property manager. Fixflo allows works to be carried out more quickly and effectively, reducing the need for email and telephone exchanges or physical inspections to identify the problem.
Revision App is the UK's leading mobile education brand, providing 300,000 students with the educational content (flashcards and videos) that they will need throughout their 15 years of studying. This includes millions of exam prep notes, educational videos and a directory of local private tutors.
Mallzee offers an innovative platform for shoppers and retailers alike. Online shopping is the future, but it isn’t the most sociable and fun option. Mallzee has been created for social online shopping. People can shop together by using the integrated Facebook chat tool, creating polls, and building their own mall with all their favourite shops. With an advanced recommendation engine, it’s like having a personal shopper in your own personal mall. By offering a shopping revolution whilst allowing retailers to be part of the platform, customers can connect with the brand on a personal level, something which is important to the modern consumer.
Insight Arcade will match skills gaps with learning opportunities through a comprehensive and intelligent online marketplace. Aggregating course information from thousands of training providers worldwide, the company will provide personalised curriculums backed with the group purchasing power of an entire marketplace. Essentially, the service could be described as managed learning and development and can be broken down into three parts: learning needs analysis tools, a skills brokerage service leading to personalised curriculums for individual learners, and follow-up evaluations. By sourcing the most relevant training opportunity for the learner while aggregating demand, Insight Arcade can ensure that companies are making the most of their training budgets.
Operation Fitness provides a dynamic approach to fitness training with a friendly and laid back atmosphere to ensure people enjoy every class. Both instructors are ex-military and provide 12 classes of exercise per week. Every exercise class is different to the last, and the business uses a wide range of training methods to ensure across fit training approach to gain the best results, and to ensure people achieve a high level of motivation. Operation Fitness provides a service which tackles a wide range of social problems including obesity and depression.
Old Bond provides tailored advertising solutions for brands with breakthrough technology which allows the transfer of video clips, images and logos from a computer onto the wheels of an ordinary bicycle. Such video-bikes immediately grab audiences and magnetise people – this is exactly what is needed for outdoor advertisers. The technology is an absolute novelty in the UK. The business will focus on advertising initially, with plans for expansion into the retail industry, as well as exploring the potential for transferring the technology to new products.
Leading Edge MedTech is a product design engineering business that commercialises its technologies for the medical devices industry. They have a passion to impact the healthcare industry with ground breaking med-tech innovations and are currently looking to develop a new set of innovative electrodes to be used in the dissection of body tissue. This new electrosurgical innovation will enhance blood control during incisions and dissection; offer more precise and localised cutting and control of the electrical current; increase staff and patient safety; and reduce set-up time and, consequently, room for error. It will improve the hospital theatre management process and will lead to huge money savings to the health services and make advancements in the quality of patient care.
now>press>play creates and delivers immersive curriculum-based audio experiences for primary school children. In a now>press>play experience, the children put on wireless headphones and are plunged into the world of their topic, becoming a character and playing out a story which fuses narrative sound and music to bring the curriculum to life. The business improves children's understanding of the curriculum, develops emotional and social responses to a topic, improves access to learning for children with SEN, EAL and EBD, improves engagement amongst boys, and is tailored to fit a school's class sizes, needs and timetable.
The Lazy Camper is a complete camping kit containing everything campers need, all in one bag. The kit is perfect for festivals and includes a high quality two-man tent, mummy shaped sleeping bag, comfy sleeping mat, camping stool, cooking stove, fuel carrier,matches, stainless steel mug, stainless steel food tins, five-litre water carrier, waterproof poncho, toilet seat covers, mini first aid kit, LED headlamp, and a cutlery kit. The business offers delivery direct to the customer and is currently working with major festivals to offer customers the option of collecting the kit at the festival.
Big Green Plan is a corporate responsibility and sustainable communications company, specialising in helping small and medium sized companies to minimise their environmental footprint and communicate their achievements. Big Green Plan will help companies who meet their targets promote their achievements. The services are split into three stages:Baseline, Implementation, and Review, which will help companies adhere to legislation, save costs, achieve their sustainability goals, and stand out from the crowd.
Packed Munches sends boxes of British treats to British students studying outside the UK so that they can receive a taste of home. Aiming to offer a selection of sweet,savoury, or mixed packages, each box contains famous and popular British brands that are not available outside the UK. Packed Munches will work on a subscription service model, allowing users to receive monthly boxes with supplies to last until the next package arrives. Packed Munches aims to expand the service to the British ex-pat community at large and subscriptions to the Munch boxes could also be purchased as gifts.
Written Medicine Ltd is creating software for pharmacies that will print bilingual medicine labels, which contain the directions for use for the medicine, both in English and in the patient’s language of choice. By doing so, Written Medicine is seeking to solve the problem of pharmacy dispensing labels only containing directions in English, even though patients of ethnic descent may not always be proficient in reading the language. Such technology currently exists in pharmacies abroad (California, New York and Dubai) attesting to its feasibility in multicultural societies.
Sneakerly is a website for new footwear development that will manufacture and sell printed canvas shoes designed and chosen by the website’s community. Designers and illustrators submit designs based on a sneaker template and the business showcases them for the website’s community to decide which designs go to production. Each design has 25 days to receive 250 pre-orders, or ‘endorsements’.If a design successfully reaches this goal the customer’s credit card is billed, the designer is awarded a $2,500 cash prize, and Sneakerly manufactures the sneakers to fulfil the orders. By using the crowdfunding model, Sneakerly is ensuring that capital is invested into footwear people want to buy.
Wriggle is revolutionising the way games are played on smartphones. With current games (such as Draw Something, SongPop and Words With Friends), the user spends a huge amount of time waiting for their opponent to take a move. Wriggle has invented a new gaming mechanism that solves this problem, and still allows users to play games with their friends. AppSoc will be built as an independent software and in such a way that this new gaming mechanism can be integrated with apps created by other developers, as well as their own creations.
Piñata is a monthly mail-based subscription service delivering personalised boxes of age appropriate creative learning activities addressed directly to children aged between three and eight. The product puts the child at the centre of their own childhood experience, providing tool kits to empower families to learn and play together on their own terms. From creative-making and healthy-baking to sewing and growing, this toolkit allows families to re-establish values and spend quality time together.
Choclateas is a beverage company concentrating specifically on tea-based drinks. The drinks will use a mix of the finest loose leaf teas from around the world, pure organic cocoa and organic fair trade dark chocolate.The business is aiming to offer an alternative to sinful drinks such as hot chocolates and calorie-laden lattes with a much more satisfying, sophisticated and healthier option. With less than 20 calories per cup, and no unnecessary additives and preservatives, Choclateas is the ideal low calorie treat drink.
Buggage is a patented bag designed to keep kids entertained on-the-go. Travelling with young children is a challenge for any parent. With long queues, lost toys and tantrums, keeping kids amused is no easy task. Aimed at children 2-6yrs, the modular product is made up of three ‘pods’ selected from a range of travel accessories, activities or space to carry your own things. These attach to a carrying strap, creating a ‘grab bag’ which children can take with them for en-route play. The interchangeable design means customers can create a bag that’s right for them and their journey. On a flight to Australia or just a trip to the shops, Buggage makes the journey feel like part of the holiday.
The Cornish Seaweed Company grows, sustainably harvests,processes, and sells eight specific species of local Cornish seaweeds as a raw super food, as well as a 150g seaweed salt alternative. They offer five different raw seaweed combinations of 50g bags which can be consumed raw or used in cooking, for which they offer numerous recipes. The business will also be importing organic seaweed cosmetics from Ireland for distribution and growing one species of seaweed to be used in the production of natural sun cream.Seaweed is a local, sustainable and abundant natural resource, currently unexploited, with a market ready to be embraced by The Cornish Seaweed Company.
FINLAY & CO. designs, manufactures and distributes quality wooden sunglasses. Bored of always seeing sunglasses made out of the same materials, FINLAY & CO. have created a range of 2 styles of sunglasses, available in a choice of 3 different woods. They currently sell their sunglasses through their website and are also stocked in Orlebar Brownstores in London. The business plans to extend their sunglasses range in the future and is already looking at opportunities for the brand beyond the eyewear market.
LUXCreations Ltd is a design company specialising in product and mobile design. Their latest product, Clear Notes, is the only transparent and reusable sticky note available on the market. By being perfectly transparent, the user can view the document below the note, and the specially designed pens allow for any notes to be wiped away so the note can be used many times, making it a cost-effective alternative to traditional paper sticky notes which create much more waste.
MiniManuscript is a website where people work together to summarise academic literature. Students and academics have to spend a significant amount of time keeping track of published research, but MiniManuscript allows people to pool resources, increase efficiency and free up valuable time for the finer things in life by taking a collaborative approach to reading papers. Users post condensed versions of research papers onto the site, along with associated media content, such as videos, podcasts and press coverage. By reading the MiniManuscript summaries, the user spends two minutes rather than two hours deciding whether a paper is relevant.
Eventhread is a new location-based event and venue discovery platform for web and mobile devices. It lets users discover events happening around them wherever they are and follow the activities at their favourite venues. The platform is refreshingly clean and easy to use. It automatically detects the user’s location and presents only nearby events and venues so visitors can make plans to go out in virtually no time. Users will also be able to subscribe to a personalised newsletter about upcoming events.
Ramp is a fashion and styling website that provides specialised styling advice for those with physical impairments. Fashion conscious, disabled role models will feature on the site and discuss how they go about adapting fashion to suit their needs. The site will also contain articles which focus on different structural impairments, as well as articles that can be of interest to those who are able bodied. The variety of information, including DIY alterations and trend updates can appeal to any fashion conscious individual.
UniTasterDays is a unique website developed for the education sector. It enables UK universities to easily compile and update a real-time list of events ready for schools and colleges to search. UniTasterDays fills a gap left by the closure of the Aim higher network in July 2011 which previously advertised university events to schools and colleges. Currently, universities advertise their events in brochures, mailings, wall planners, etc. – UniTasterDays is an online central solution which eliminates the need for this offline literature.
ARC Window Films specialises in the specification and installation of window film products. Window Film is a low cost, high benefit upgrade for glass which has a number of applications ranging from automotive,to residential, to commercial installations. Window films save lives (by increasing the safety of glass to protect against accidental impact, breakage,vandalism, burglary and even bomb blasts ) and saves energy (by keeping heat inside a building during winter and outside during summer, therefore lowering heating and cooling costs).
Instant Impact unites the UK’s very best students and graduates with fast growing small and medium sized companies. The business advertises throughout the year using their extensive networks at Oxford, Cambridge, and other top UK universities. This saves their clients' time by screening every CV and interviewing every applicant before recommending them to fill vacancies.
Instant Impact Interns started by exclusively recruiting for internships, but have since expanded the service to include permanent roles as well. Many of the internships have been so successful that they have led to permanent employment.more info
Arganic is the exclusive UK distributor of one of the main producers of organic argan oil in Morocco. Argan oil is one of the rarest and healthiest oils in the world coming from the argan tree that grows only in Morocco. This ancient and unique tree is UNESCO protected and the oil is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ for its multiple beneficial properties.
Green Parties is a children’s party business which aims to celebrate children's birthday parties in a tranquil woodland location with sustainably built wooden huts, totems and a compost loo. Green Parties offers activities that are in tune with celebrating seasonality with arts and crafts outdoors, imaginative outdoor play, face painting with wildlife themes, and party bags including seeds and other things. There is the option of catering, providing children with organic ingredients to create their own pizza in a wood-fired clay oven.
PleaseCycle combines digital technology, cycling and 'gamification' to help organisations understand, encourage and reward employee cycling – a proven way of reducing absenteeism, increasing productivity and saving carbon. The business creates client-branded Cycle Hubs (online portals) which allow staff members to learn about cycling, plan safe routes, compete against colleagues and, ultimately, log their daily mileage (through the site and a mobile app).
coeur is the 'playfully preppy new menswear lifestyle brand for the modern day dandy'. Inspired by classics like Brideshead Revisited, the DNA of preppy is updated for everyday living with slim cut clothing and quirky neckwear for the youthful and confident gentleman.
MedicineAfrica is an online application designed to put social networking together with the global health workforce and patient management. They are trying to provide the technology for healthcare workers around the world to communicate and enable patients to be managed independent of political and economic borders.
The *TeaShed is a design-led tea and teaware company, born and brewed in Britain. Based in Gateshead, they sell their delicious teas and other tea-related products in over 80 stockists across the UK and also in Switzerland, Ireland, Oman, Kuwait and Dubai. They only use quality whole leaf tea, which they import from Sri Lanka. This tea is then held inside a silky pyramid teabag. The *TeaShed packages 20 of these delicious teabags inside a paper cup, so rather than a box, which you would just throw away, you have a cup to use and then recycle.
Freggies (Friends who love Fruit and Veggies) is a new sensory class aimed at the under 5's and their parents/carers. It is a fun and educational way to allow young children to explore the tastes and textures of a variety of fruit and veg in a relaxed environment as well as providing a time for both parents and children to learn about and enjoy healthy nutrition together.
Northern League Football Premiership Passion promotes the stl Northern League, a semi-professional football league in the North East and Cumbria, through video footage on a dedicated website. The website films a selected match every weekend and a mid-week fixture; highlights are then uploaded on to the site. Full 90-minute games are then available to buy on DVD. www.northernleaguefootball.co.uk is the only dedicated website offering video footage of the league games, and allows players and football fans the chance to watch local, grassroots football.
Cyclr (formerly known as Bicycle Basecamp) is a unique online bicycle marketplace and inspiration site for cyclists. The business offers daily and longer-term sales of cycling related items from cool independent brands and provides users with a dedicated area from which to list and buy bicycles for free.
Sponsorcraft is a crowdfunding website created specifically for students. Students post and promote their projects and offer rewards in return for many small donations from individuals such as family, friends and alumni to achieve their funding target.
theCADcube is a developing 3D catalogue technology service which will combine an online efficiency tool for professionals within the architecture and design industry and an innovative advertising concept for product manufacturers. The aim of theCADcube is to increase collaboration between designers, manufacturers and clients by developing the concept of 3D Catalog Technology (3CT), which is widespread throughout engineering practices, into the design sector. The products of leading and niche manufacturers are converted into photo-realistic 3D computer models using the latest CAD software.
Estriatus Energy Ltd was established to bring to market a type of hydro technology turbine invented by the director. The turbine relies upon fast flowing water, rather than falling water, in order to generate renewable electricity. This feature allows the turbine to be non-permanent, floating on the water's surface as opposed to being cemented into any kind of dam or other permanent structure. As such, it poses no threat to local wildlife and offers a clean, non-invasive, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional hydro power systems.
Just Crackers are a natural snack cracker. The business makes tasty, versatile crackers for the health conscious convenience market. This business has exciting potential for growth because the natural snack cracker industry is a growing market. According to a report by Mintel in April 2011, 37% of UK consumers have cut down on sweet biscuits due to health reasons, leaving the door open for snack products with a healthy message to take their place.
SpinCycle solutions has developed an attachable device forbicycles which developing countries can use to wash clothes. The business plans to set up a factory to manufacture the product in Africa and distribute it through a range of charities and NGOs to reach communities that do not have access to electricity, giving them an alternative method of washing clothes. The product is also transportable on the back of the bicycle as it is designed to be run as a micro-enterprise laundry service.
Most Curious Tours is a new company providing unique and sustainable arts tours in the UK. The tours travel in small groups by scenic railway routes, and the group stays in independent accommodation and attends local concerts and theatre productions in locations that are specifically important to the arts.
AdvancetoGO.com (formerly known as DigiLets) is an organisational platform that helps private landlords manage property. The platform is similar to organising groups and events on Facebook, but is specifically designed for properties, tenants, and documents. Landlords upload information about their properties which generates adverts that automatically post to multiple sites (e.g. right-move, s1homes, and gumtree), saving time.
AdvancetoGO.com provides template lease agreements, guarantor forms, and inventory statements and can pre-populate tenants' details. The platform stores and backs-up information (e.g. meter readings, security codes, insurance certificates, licenses, warranties and guaranties), meaning all documents can be accessed through any computer.
Bloomtrigger is pioneering a new, visual model of online fundraising to empower people to protect rainforests in a simple, affordable, and creative way. The business supports local forestry communities on the ground by promoting sustainable development and environmental awareness.
Deforestation accounts for approximately one fifth of global carbon emissions, one of the primary causes of climate change. The bloomtrigger project aims to raise £100M to protect one million hectares of the most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. Bloomtrigger enables individuals, businesses and primary school children to help protect their own part of the rainforest. They sell a virtual currency called 'blooms' and one bloom (which costs 50 pence) will help to protect approximately 50m2 of forest.more info
Dattch is a dating app that offers an alternative to the extreme ‘love’ or ‘sex’ solutions offered by other dating sites. The objective of the app is to get the user dates, in the simplest, quickest way possible. The app is intended for young, single, social people who enjoy spending time with friends, going to new places and trying new things. Its aim is to take its users’ single lives and make them better. The app shows users people in their area who are looking for a date. The process is simple, if users like a profile, they message the person and get on the date quickly.
Logan Cycle Wear is a revolutionary new brand that will provide versatile and practical cycling clothing that allows riders to continue wearing their cycle kit off the bike. The business aims to provide a range of clothing that is simplistically stylish, uses non- traditional materials and fits exceedingly well. These three attributes will form the brand principles. Currently, cycle clothing is brightly coloured, sporting in style, and made from lycra or similar material, making it unattractive for riders to continue wearing whilst at the shops or socialising with friends, for example.
PieBoy Clothing is an Urban Student Fashion Brand that focuses on creating fashion orientated merchandising solutions combined with student engagement and highly innovative marketing. PieBoy’s goal is to bring passion back to University merchandising. Noticing the fashion trend of retro beanies in the winter of 2011 and realising that Universities had no similar product The PieBoy Beanie was launched. Since its launch, over 4000 units have been sold and contracts with three of the largest Universities in the UK, including the University of Manchester, have been established.
The Counted Sheep sources British yarn, spun from the fleece of British sheep in British mills to create stylish knitted cushions, designed and manufactured by Lauren herself. The Counted Sheep ethos is to support British farmers, spinning mills and to help rare-breed sheep thrive. Wool is a fantastic natural resource, requiring no unnatural chemical dyes or plastics to be added. The vast majority of 'woollen' goods available contain only a tiny percentage of real wool, often from Turkey. Britain has over 60 breeds of sheep. The business aims to promote these, with its products becoming affiliated with the Campaign for Wool. The business is manufacturing and retailing a British product that will reach European markets with the utilisation of their planned website, and create awareness of British wool through sales at county fairs, and advertising in national magazines.
ZeroCarbon Canapé Catering is a social enterprise which takes surplus food from shops and supermarkets in the local area and turns it into delicious and beautiful low-cost canapés, ideal for businesses or events on a budget. All the profits will go to FoodCycle Bristol which is a charity that collects surplus food and cooks up a free three-course meal for residents in a deprived community in Bristol.
Frontline Forensics Ltd redesigns outdated equipment used in forensics. The business’ first product, NuCAST180, has been developed to provide significant improvements in the footprint casting process at crime scenes. Currently, casting a footprint at a scene can take anywhere from 45 minutes to hours. NuCAST180 is a quick setting casting kit that enables a fast easy and accurate footprint casting in four minutes, saving police time and money but also aiding the fast recovery of crucial evidence that can potentially be lost to poor weather conditions.
Lick Me I'm Delicious sells liquid nitrogen ice cream creations at corporate events, weddings and parties. The business has created the UK's first portable nitro ice cream parlour which uses a unique liquid nitrogen injection system to make two custom ice cream flavours for up to 500 people. The whole system flat packs and can be assembled in under an hour at the event venue. Flavours include chocolate orange brownie, served in a mini waffle cone, lemon meringue pie in an all butter pastry case, and dark port with a stilton ripple served on a crisp water biscuit. All creations are made using fresh ingredients and the ice cream is made right in front of your eyes.
Squash Stix are 10.5ml sticks of triple juice cordial that are simply torn and mixed with 200-300ml of water. The packaging concept is similar to www.Dairystix.com. They have no added preservatives, colours, or flavourings, and they offer single portion use (no more overuse), reduce waste to landfills by 83% compared with PET bottles, and they make an excellent compliment to water. The aim is for Squash Stix to be used on airlines, in hotel bedrooms, and in business catering units alongside water machines and the current free tea and coffee offered.
Poikos Ltd is a technology company that is currently developing MeasureCam, a system whereby bodily dimensions may be taken from any webcam, and then applied to a model to create a true to life digital avatar of a person. This technology has many implications for mass customisation (i.e. the personalisation of products at prices comparable to mass production). Poikos has set itself a mission to master a British competence in this field.
The Giving Card is a discount card linked to charitable giving. In a nutshell, the general public can save thousands of pounds a year on their shopping, charities get additional revenues and the companies the business work with get free advertising and increased footfall into their stores and websites. It offers charities an easy way to raise extra revenues and increase their public profile, involving no charges or stockholding at any time. It also aims to reward people and businesses that want to support charities.
Urban Alpha is a designer menswear retailer selling branded products through its website with a vision to change the accepted standard for e-commerce. By building a website that combines exciting content with its products, the business intends to change the online retail industry by allowing them to contribute to content and get customers more involved with their purchases online. Launched on 1st November 2011 after nearly 3 years market research, the business is currently working on:
While focusing on growth, the plan is to build up a solid foundation before taking on the big players in the online retail industry.
DIVINO (formerly ICE Italy) produces high-end ice cream-based artisan frozen desserts and distributes them to the London hospitality industry. The production is 100% made in Italy in partnership with local artisans. The business oversees the production, import, marketing, sales, and distribution processes. They currently have four product lines servicing different needs within London's high-end culinary scene menu offering.
SQR Systems offers a new approach to improving national security and public safety by empowering individuals with enhanced information. The business achieves this using its proprietary encryption technology together with cutting-edge compression techniques to produce innovative software solutions.
The current consumer market offers powerful portable devices with extraordinary processing powers and the current economic climate has made these off-the-shelf products much more attractive in the security industry due to the low cost of deployment over custom solutions. The software enables security forces and first responders to stay connected to secure, real-time information using portable devices such as smart phones and tablet PCs.
The Oomph offers falls reduction exercise therapy sessions, dance therapy sessions and art therapy sessions. These sessions are designed for residents living within the care sector. These residents are often under-stimulated and in need of social interaction and creative expression. Oomph Wellness Limited encourages as many people to take part as possible. The business believes each session should provide an hour to an hour and a half of joy in what can be quite a silent life.
Aniboxx is an animation production studio specialising in animated info graphics videos which can be used for viral sharing. Aniboxx focuses on creative videos that communicate information and business messages in an entertaining and easily sharable way.
Aniboxx videos enable complex or long-winded explanations of ideas or products to be quickly presented and understood. The business also supports clients with techniques and advice on SEO and viral sharing to effectively target and share their Aniboxx video with their target market online.
This app was successfully approved by Apple Inc and the business aims to grow in 2012, developing the StudyKit™ brand into a trademark and umbrella of sub-brands covering different educational topics.
Plan My Gap Year (PMGY) provides affordable, need-driven volunteer programmes from two weeks to six months across six countries in Asia. One of the programmes offered involves working with children, teaching English and educating Buddhist monks.
These programmes have been designed to provide a structured volunteering experience and include an airport pick-up, meals, accommodation, local coordination from the business’ in-country team, 24/7 support from the UK office, financial protection for the customers money and a comprehensive pre-departure handbook.