Full of spark
The finalists were all allocated a stall within the CitySpark marketplace. Judges browsed the stalls and listened to the student entrepreneurs 'pitch' their ideas as they browsed. Each of the judges had £1000 City Spark 'dollars' to invest in as many businesses as they chose.
There were five £3000 prizes and places on the CitySpark Summer Accelerator on offer to the five ideas that received the most City Spark investment dollars by the end of the evening.
The winners were (in no particular order):
Eatro - Described by the Evening Standard as
'so zeitgeist', Eatro Co-Founders Daniel Kaplansky, Zifeng Wei and Bar Segal are addressing the gap in the food industry for real homemade food. Eatro is a peer-to-peer marketplace for homemade takeaway.
iSleepeasii - BSc Optometry student Dhruvin Patel was the winner of the CitySpark Christmas Marketplace. For the Christmas Marketplace, he had completed the research behind the iSleepeasii concept - a screen cover to block out blue LED light from mobile phones and tablets; this light has been proven to disturb user's sleep patterns - and for the final had developed a prototype.
Nudge - PhD students Marius Brown,
Miodrag Vidakovic and Robert Schumacher came together at the inaugural City Graduate Bootcamp in March, where they took first prize for Nudge, 'the clever wristband that gives you effortless control over your diabetes.' They will use their £3000 winnings from CitySpark to make and test the prototype.
Popcord - a portable mobile phone charger. Founders Frank Milani (Masters student, Innovation, Creativity and Leadership at City) and Matt Sandrini have already raised £47,000 on Kickstarter to begin production and will use their winnings from CitySpark for marketing.
UrbanEmber - is the result of three entrepreneurs
meeting at a Launch48 weekend here at City. Andrew Whelan, (Cass MBA), met fellow entrepreneurs Sam Harrison and Jean-Louis Rawlence on the accelerator programme and they are now developing the urban discovery app.
Student Enterprise Manager Ben Mumby-Croft commented on the evening: "This year's CitySpark competition has set a new standard for student enterprise at City. Not only in terms of the high quality of the winning finalists but also in terms of the imagination, creativity and can-do attitude of all of the competing teams and also the innovative format which saw over 70 start-up founders, investors and business advisors voting for their favourite teams. I now look forward to working with the winners to help them develop their ideas further and, based on last night's performance, I'm super excited about the future of student entrepreneurship at City."