The winners of the Venture Out 2013 ideas competition were revealed at an awards ceremony on Thursday 12 December. This year’s competition attracted a record 126 entries with 20 making it through to the final round.
The Business category was won by Kuok Si Nok (School of Languages, Arts and Culture) and Qiuhao Xu (Manchester Business School) with their Intacycle bike rack idea – an anti-theft bicycle parking rack. Second prize went to MBA student Claire Baynton-Glen with Nosh.com – a takeaway site for people with special dietary requirements. Third prize went to Ryan Shoesmith (School of Psychological Sciences) for Everyday Autism which provides clinical expertise for at-home behavioural support solutions.
The winners of the Graphene category were Uybach Vo, Stanislava Panova and Eve Blumson (Faculty of Life Sciences) with their idea to turn seawater into energy by desalinating and extracting precious ions. MBA student, Liam Wadsworth (Manchester Business School), won second prize with his body armour idea, Graphene Warrior. The third prize was won by Faisal Rauf (Manchester Business School) with Graphotanks – an idea to reconstruct gas cylinders using the Manchester discovered wonder material.
The Social category winners were Kuok Si Nok and Qiuhao Xu, picking up their second award of the competition with the Silverlining Home Refurbishment Project, designed to help the underprivileged. In second place was Liam Wadsworth with Re-Think – an idea that uses rubbish to simultaneously help the underprivileged and advance scientific knowledge. The winners of third prize were Kasia Wilk and Davy Guo (School of Environment, Education and Development) with International Well-Being Support Service which provides culturally responsive mental health support for international students
The winners of the Technology category were Daniel Jamieson (Faculty of Life Sciences) and Radu Nedelcu (School of Computer Science) with Biorelate – a biomedical data extraction, data maintenance and data licensing company. In second place were Joel Albert Padilla (Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences) and Ng Yin Ling (School of Law) with Temp Tab – a sticker that can be applied to any object to show its temperature. Third prize was won by David Shiwei Xuan with the DNA microarray to personalised medicine.
Cash prizes of £500, £250 and £100 were awarded to first, second and third place winners in each category.
Competition Director, Dr Martin Henery, said: “It’s fantastic to see the popularity of the competition growing year-on-year and to see so many fantastic new business ideas from across the University. The prize money won today will help the winners to develop their ideas with the aim of taking them forward and making them a reality.”