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

 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. 

 Manchesters Team LEAD2
 Manchesters Team LEAD3

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

 Team Protector

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

 Team Protector2
 Team Protector3

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… 


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


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


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!