28 October 2019: After a sparkling night at the Engineers in Business Champion of Champions Grand Final, we are delighted to announce the winners which included a surprise Enterprise Award made by Lord Sainsbury. You can view the video and poster for each winning finalist and see their photos at the event by viewing the winners' individual galleries (below).
The Grand Final event kicked-off with a warm welcome by the President of Engineers in Business Fellowship, David Falzani MBE. He congratulated the 10 finalists for reaching the Grand Final, having been selected from 26 entries from universities throughout the UK.
Each finalist was partnered with a Sainsbury Management Fellow (SMF), engineers sponsored by Engineers in Business Fellowship to study an MBA at the best business schools in the world, to help advance their careers and help the UK economy grow. The SMFs worked with the finalists, coaching them throughout the day and honing their presentations in order to make a winning impact on the judges.
Ahead of the pitches, guests of the finalists arrived in full force, including university enterprise professionals, family and friends to support their finalists. We were also delighted to welcome representatives from our sponsor, Purple CV. The presence of so many guests was a tremendous boon to the evening, creating extra buzz and excitement.
Following an opening speech about the value of engineers and their innovations to the economy and society, Master of Ceremony, TV presenter and engineer Rob Bell invited each of the finalists to the stage, where they each delivered a wonderful presentation in a bid to win a Gold, Silver or Bronze prize.
The judges then retired to make their difficult deliberations! The judges were SMF Andrew Doe, a successful serial entrepreneur, Ana Avaliani, Head of Enterprise, Royal Academy of Engineering, Tim Chapman, Director, Arup - Infrastructure and Kate Beresford, Head of Membership and Operation, Enterprise Educators UK.
And here are the judges' top innovations and winners of the Engineers in Business 2019 Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards:
The Gold Award of £3,000 went to Ben Lindsay, a Product Design Engineering student and Emma McQuiggan, a Mechanical Engineering student at Queen’s University Belfast. They invented BOLD, a smart safety alert system which looks like a piece of contemporary jewellery.
The Silver Award of £2,000 went to Duncan Lyster, an Engineering Physicist from the University of Exeter, who has designed a superior quality, environmentally friendly surfboard.
The Bronze Award of £1,500 went to Kate Walker, a Product Design and Manufacturing Graduate from Loughborough University. Kate created ExpHand Prosthetics which manufactures customisable 3D printed prosthetic arms for children aged 3 to 10 years old.
There was a surprise award on the night:
The Enterprise Award of £5,000: The Rapid Bio-Labs team from the University of Greenwich won a £5,000 Enterprise Award for the development of an AI-driven digital cell-counting service that will dramatically reduce the time researchers spend counting cells, giving them more time for other research functions. Lord Sainsbury said: "I am awarding the Enterprise Award to the University of Greenwich’s Rapid Bio-Labs team, because they are the competitor that I judge to have the best commercial potential, in order to encourage them to proceed with the commercialisation of their product.”
And finally the People's Prize - the Natural Fibre Plastics team from the University of Hull romped away with this prize having won the people's vote run on this website and voted on at the Grand Final. Team members Dom Butler, Heather Charlesworth and Oyin Oladimeji ran a concerted and inspired campaign, including a Twitter video-call for votes the night before the Grand Final. They pegged their alternative to plastics idea to the climate change demonstrations making their campaign for public support highly topical. The Natural Fibre Plastics team gained 3,517 votes to scoop the People's Prize.
Congratulations to all our Engineers in Business 2019 winners! And a huge round of applause to all 10 finalists who participated in the Grand Final with such enthusiasm and passion.
Now take a look at the award winning ideas (below) - videos, posters and photos! To see a selection of other photos of the Grand Final visit the General Gallery.