Earlier this month the innovation team at the University of Bath Innovation Centre (UBIC) hosted its first Introduction to Innovation Bootcamp for this year’s University of Bath graduates and innovation bursary scholars. These graduates were selected to receive funding for their innovative ideas and inventions to take their first steps in the centre’s 6-12 month start-up incubation programme.
“The quality of the ideas that we have seen coming through the bursary scheme is superb”
Ventures being launched included a fleet of electronically assisted cargo bikes, a ‘fast fashion’ app, B2B data marketplaces, and innovations in solar panel arrays. And there was no shortage of ambition, with one delegate already signing up their first customers for a trial with the intention of launching in November.
After two days of workshops and animated interactive sessions which left the walls covered in luminous sticky notes and business model outlines, the launch of the programme was celebrated with a reception for delegates, mentors and donors. The delegates were challenged to present their ventures back to their peers and sponsors in a 1-minute elevator pitch.
Bringing ideas to life: delegates brainstorming over business plans
Ali Hadvizedeh, Deputy Head of Enterprise at the University of Bath welcomed the graduates and guests to the launch event, commenting: “The quality of the ideas that we have seen coming through the bursary scheme is superb and it’s great to see graduates from different disciplines working together.
“For the past few years we have been championing a cross-departmental and campus-wide approach in supporting entrepreneurially aspired and capable graduates with good, scalable and investable ideas generated whilst studying at the University of Bath.
“We were thrilled to host the first of such event and proud to be engaged with these capable individuals and offer them support and help in making their ventures become a long-term sustainable business – which, in the future, will create jobs and wealth at local, national and international levels.”
With cross-departmental innovation welcomed with vigour, scholars represented ideas and skills as varied and impressive as ever.
“I’d recommend anyone that has an idea to sign up for the bursary scheme, come down to the Innovation Centre and get as much out of it as you can”
You can read about the new delegates and their ideas and inventions below:
– Dr Jonathan Storey & Jules Hammond: PhD/researchers who have pioneered a way to optimise the output from solar panels and to store power locally in battery arrays.
– Georgios Kalligeros: Graduate inventor of a portable bicycle power pack.
– Ashton Clapp: Graduate innovator of a B2B data marketplace platform (Tradata).
– Pranit Sajeevan: Founder of a marketplace for freelancers / domestic tasks in India.
– Katie Hallam and Gracie Howie: Founders of a B2C ‘Fast fashion’ marketplace.
– Kapil Reddy: Platform to matchmake MBA and business students with industrial/corporate placements.
– Leanne Yip: Inventor of an innovative joint system for loft furniture.
Needless to say, the response from the delegates involved was extremely positive. Ashton Clapp, Computer Science graduate and Founder of Tradata says: “I’ve just finished my studies in Computer Science and earned a place at the University of Bath Incubator through the Foulathi Prize. This bursary means I can further develop my company Tradata.
“At the Bootcamp we have been working on a business model canvas which has helped me plan my target market and gain an understanding of where customers are at. I’d recommend anyone that has an idea to sign up for the bursary scheme, come down to the Innovation Centre and get as much out of it as you can. Definitely do it!”
Find out more about UBIC’s graduate startup incubation and bursaries by heading over to the UBIC website. You can also stay up-to-date with their latest news by following them on Twitter: @Bath_Innovation.