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City achieves double success in university enterprise honours

Two business collaboration projects win Impact Awards from PraxisUnico
by Sophie C

City University London's programme of enterprise activities has been recognised at a prestigious award ceremony. PraxisUnico's Impact Awards identify teams who have taken research and expertise 'beyond its creation in higher education, charities and public sector for the wider benefit of society and the economy'.

Dr Sue O'Hare is Director of Enterprise at City University London:

"I am delighted that the breadth and quality of City's enterprise activity has been recognised through the Impact Awards. It is a fundamental part of the University's role to create economic and social impact by making use of its knowledge for the benefit of business and the community."

City Enterprise Services, a legal clinic set up to provide free advice to local businesses and start-ups, was honoured with a special recognition award. The judging panel described it as a 'unique law incubator for technology start-ups'.

nullStaffed by City Law School students who are supervised by local professionals including barristers, solicitors and accountants, the project has already assisted more than 300 businesses in London. It was founded in 2011 by Reader in Law, Dr David Collins and City alumnus Eric Klotz who commented:

"The receipt of prestigious awards such as this provides us with a great impetus to expand and develop our project. We look forward to other universities developing similar legal clinics which can benefit both the start-up community and the wider economy."

School Screener™ from the City University London spin-out company Thomson Screening Solutions won the Business Impact Aspiring Award. The automated computer software can test children's vision, hearing and body mass index, potentially saving the NHS £25M a year.

Dr Douglas Robertson, Chairman of PraxisUnico, gave the closing speech at the awards ceremony:

"We have had over 75 entries for the PraxisUnico Impact awards with the quality continuing to rise. Whilst we clearly mark the winners we should celebrate all this activity in technology and knowledge transfer. My congratulations go to all who participated. These success stories demonstrate the diversity of activities emerging from university and research laboratories."

The PraxisUnico award adds to the honours already bestowed on City Enterprise Services this year. In April it was selected as one of the UK's ten most innovative university projects in The Intellectual Property Office's Fast Forward Competition. The award included a grant of £12,500 to expand the clinic's connections with the Tech City community and develop a suite of best practice commercial legal advice materials aimed at the start-up sector.

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