Whittled down from a record 424 entries, the seven finalists for this year’s Tata Varsity Pitch have been announced.
Organised by NACUE, a charity promoting, entrepreneurship amongst students in higher education and further education, the tenth running of the national business competition saw entrepreneurs from more than 80 UK institutions applying for this year’s £15,000, equity-free prize fund.
“NACUE would like to thank all of the entrepreneurs who applied for this year’s competition and to the 30 semi-finalists for pitching hard to get through,” said NACUE CEO, Holly Knower.
The seven category winners now go forward to a business boot-camp, before making one last pitch at the grand final, held at the British Library on November 20 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week
The category winners are:
Tata Disruptive Business
Taking undesirable post-consumer plastic waste (the type sent for landfill or incineration) and processing it into novel aggregate for use in concrete and other construction materials.
Tata Social Impact
The BioFactory Ltd
Bath based start-up, focused on manufacturing, distributing and managing dramatically improved sanitation facilities, specifically designed for low-income, high population density markets.
Digital & Technical with Jaguar Land Rover
Offering a combination of hardware and software to delivering advanced data analytics helping physiotherapists accurately measure muscle activity and improve recovery times. motics.me
Genuine Innovation with Tata Global Beverages
Paper-based sensors monitor every breath to predict future abnormal respiratory rates ahead of time, allowing early indication of cases of sepsis.
Creative & Design with Tata Consultancy Services
Technology promising to offer instant relief for children suffering with eczsema.
Ideas with Tata Communications
Developing a self-administered and accessible forensic device to detect evidence of sexual assault.
Online Peoples’ Vote
Corporate mental health support organisation dedicated to help in the betterment of employee wellbeing in the workplace.