Victor Christou

Victor Christou, CEO of Cambridge Innovation Capital and Head Judge gives an inspirational talk on entrepreneurship and innovation. All photos: Andrew Lunn/SCI

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 Robin Harrison

Robin Harrison, Global Innovation Director for Synthomer, competition judge and sponsor. 

 Lucinda BruceGardyne

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Founder of Genius Foods and competition judge, tells her inspiring story – the UK’s leading gluten-free bread, now distributed in Europe and Australia, started in her kitchen. 

 University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews’ EasyMed pitched an implant for Alzheimer’s treatment. 

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 The judging panel

The judging panel was completed by Inna Baigozina-Goreli – a Managing Director at Accenture with over 25 years experience in management consultancy. 

 Manchesters Team LEAD

The University of Manchester’s Team LEAD were the competition’s first runners-up, with their low-cost desalination module. 

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The first of two finalists from UCL, ZRZ Tech presented an innovative treatment for obesity. 

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 Team Protector

Team Protector brought an excellent proposal down from the University of Aberdeen – turning China’s food waste into a sustainable fertiliser.

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 Glucoguard

Team Glucoguard were the second team from UCL to make it to the final, and their GM bacterium for diabetes treatment was particularly well received… 

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Team SalSoc Synthesis delivered an excellent solution to university lab waste, developed at Salford University. 

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Sharon Todd, Executive Director of SCI, rounds off the pitching session and invited the judges to deliberate. 

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Every team delivered a truly winning pitch…but only one could walk away with the £1,000 prize. Many congratulations to Camillo, Libby, and Jack, of UCL’s Team Glucoguard!