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For the first time, the University of Birmingham collaborated with Engineers in Business Fellowship to introduce a new business ideas competition – its 2021 Engineers in Business Competition. One of the key teaching aims of the competition was to inspire more engineers to explore the commercialisation of their ideas. The competition was a great success and the three winning innovations are presented below.
First Prize Winner: Simply Radiation - Alix Morfoisse, Engineering and Physical Sciences - £1,500 Engineers in Business Prize

A first-of-a-kind tool to estimate robots’ failure under radiation, by combining classic radiation modelling and failure modes and effects analysis.

Second Prize Winner: Team Robin Hood - Arushi Madan, Rizza Riparip, Alice Phillips, Gloria Nwator and Abrar Hussain, Engineering and Physical Sciences - £1,000 Engineers in Business Prize

Team Robin Hood are behind the development of Project Globe. Project Globe’s mission is to create a mobile application that encourages people to travel safely during and after the pandemic by keeping them well informed of COVID regulations, suggesting places and activities based on their past experiences and providing an easy interface to plan group trips hassle-free.

Third Prize Winner: Team Altitude Capital - Ethan Diamond Alexandre and Delaitre, Engineering and Physical Sciences - £500 Engineers in Business Prize

Altitude Capital will create an ecosystem underpinned by a proprietary cryptocurrency to bridge the gap between those who are unable to code but understand the value of algorithmic trading.

Positive Feedback

The Engineers in Business Competition has so far been a transformative experience. Having started only recently to think about my idea as a potential business, I was challenged to take it to the next level and evolve it into a viable business proposal. This experience has enabled me to consider entrepreneurship as a next step in my career. The Sainsbury Management Fellow mentor will be invaluable in this journey and I am grateful for the support the University of Birmingham B-Enterprising team has provided.

Alix Morfoisse, Engineering and Physical Sciences Student, University of Birmingham. Founder of Simply Radiation and First Prize Winner of the Engineers in Business Prize