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Venture is an annual business idea competition for University of Dundee students, staff and recent graduates, with eight categories. With the award of an Engineers in Business prize fund, Venture included a dedicated prize for the most innovative idea from Science and Engineering students.
Jekaterina Maksimova, Biomedical Engineer receives her award from Blair Grubb, Vice-Principal (Education) - £3,000 Engineers in Business Prize contributed to her total prize of £5,000

Jekaterina’s innovation is the Hip Implant 'Pepper' for young people – it preserves natural bone stock and allows the desired load transfer across the thigh bone. It’s produced with the Additive Manufacturing technique, which allows faster, cheaper and patient-specific solutions for a patient instead of off-the-shelf forged or casted implants which are heavier and stiffer due to the excessive amount of material, which is leading to undesirable load transfer, implant loosening and soon revision surgery. The new implant will postpone future surgeries allowing the patients to live active lives.

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The second year of EIBC support for the Venture competition has been invaluable in a number of ways: helping to raise the profile and credibility of the competition, provide crucial funding that allowed the competition to reach a record prize fund total of £31,000, and to allow there to be a Science and Engineering specific category which drew out a record number of applicants from Engineers at the University of Dundee resulting in a very worthy Biomedical Engineering graduate winner which we hope will gain significant traction at the EIBF Grand Final and with her project in general.

Brian McNicoll, Head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship