In-Veeta is looking to create a smart domestic garden to bring nature back into people’s homes, in order to provide good nutrition at a low cost and a low carbon cost. Innovator Riccardo Barbieri is keen to engage with networking opportunities available through the Engineers in Business Fellowship, and the funding will be crucial for covering some of the initial expenses of prototyping, online infrastructure, app design, and legal advice.
Riccardo said, "The support of Engineers in Business Fellowship will help us develop our idea and company but more importantly build the required infrastructure and important benchmarks for the expansion of the business and offer us the required capital to launch with success our first product. It will also offer our company more reliability and help our brand for future opportunities.”
The demand for engineering skills continues to rise, but the demand for engineers to demonstrate a broad range of skills is also growing. In particular, commercial awareness and enterprise skills are becoming more essential to perform well in a fast-changing, competitive market, whether a person is seeking to apply their technical skills through employment, or bringing a new product or service to market through a new business. For those starting in business, the training to methodically test and validate ideas can really give engineers the edge as an entrepreneur.
Pete Hitchings, Incubator Manager, Loughborough University