Our Enterprise Hub members create groundbreaking innovations in a widely diverse range of fields, from nanotechnology to wind turbines, physical rehabilitation to counterfeiting protection and much, much more.
Here you can find out about our members and mentors, their experience of our programmes and how the Enterprise Hub has helped move innovative new technologies from concept to market.
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“I believe the Enterprise Hub provides a terrific opportunity to bring to bear the unique talents and networks of our Fellowship to address an area of real national need.”
The Enterprise Hub’s membership is made up of some of the UK’s most promising and innovative entrepreneurs and researchers. But don't just take our word for it. Read more about our members and their projects here, and see for yourself how Enterprise Hub members who have been supported by our programmes are changing their sectors, engineering, technology and indeed the world.
A patented technology developed at CCm Technologies Ltd. can safely take CO2 and use it to make valuable products such as fertilisers and replacement plastics. This highly adaptable, environmental technology can be used in waste management plants and industrial power generators, adding value by improving the efficiency and environmental sustainability of their processes.
CCm Technologies takes a different approach to segmenting and using CO2. When incorporated into waste management systems their technology cleverly combines CO2 with other waste streams to produce new materials, driving efficiency.
As CEO, Pawel leads CCm Technologies in developing robust partnerships in key markets to benefit from the technology. For example, in agriculture CCm Technologies use the large amounts of waste generated in farming as a resource, bringing it together with CO2 captured from power generators to produce fertiliser for crops.
As the company expands, Pawel will draw on significant experience in financial services and use the SME Leaders Programme for support and advice as he leads CCm Technologies in translating their commercialisation strategy into growth. This includes the launch of the company’s first full-scale commercial units that have capacity to produce 10,000 tonnes of fertiliser per year.
Efficient and sustainable processes for irrigation and control are transforming food production in urban environments. LettUs Grow have developed a patent-pending aeroponic technology that delivers higher yields in vertical farming. When combined with the company’s integrated farm management software, farmers have a hassle-free way of optimising crop conditions.
LettUs Grow’s aeroponic farming technology can be used in vertical farms to grow plants without soil, by watering their roots with a fine mist. This results in greater crop yields, while using less water and not compromising quality or taste. As the Engineering Lead, Co-Founder Ben Crowther drives the development of its technology, which will continue at LettUs Grow’s R&D facility being built in Bristol in 2018.
Ben will use support from the SME Leaders programme to guide the team at LettUs Grow in creating a strong foundation for growth. This involves drawing on the Academy’s network for advice on overcoming common issues for scale-ups, so that LettUs grow can make an impact on the global market for future farming technologies that is forecasted to grow 27% annually in the coming years.
Smart energy storage solutions will accelerate the transition to reliable, sustainable power in developing countries. They will also provide new opportunities for smart energy management in developed ones. Dr Enass Abo-Hamed, CEO and Co-Founder of H2GO Power, has engineered new hydrogen-based energy storage units that can achieve both aims with their capacity to store five to ten times as much energy as their battery equivalents.
This clean, low-cost energy storage solution has the potential to impact energy storage at every scale, from the provision of low-weight energy for drones to large-scale energy storage for national grids.
The discovery of a novel way to use hydrogen for storing energy arose during Dr Abo-Hamed’s PhD, and H2GO Power emerged as a spin-out to refine and market the technology. The company has since patented catalysts that allow energy to be released from these units on demand.
As an innovator with a strong drive to generate social impact, Dr Abo-Hamed is keen to harness the technology’s abilities to use excess renewables and facilitate reliable distribution of power in countries where energy supply is intermittent.
Initiatives are underway to penetrate the fast-growing, green energy market in Nigeria, where H2GO Power’s hydrogen-based fuel units can offer a clean, low-cost solution for round-the-clock power.
There is also significant industrial interest from companies keen to explore other ways this disruptive technology can support smarter energy management.
Dr Abo-Hamed was awarded a 2017 Enterprise Fellowship to help grow and develop H2GO Power.
Material corrosion is a cross-sector problem that costs industry potentially $500 billion globally each year. Current anti-corrosion chemicals contain hexavalent chromate, a highly toxic chemical that will be banned from use in the EU from 2019. The need for alternatives is pressing, and Dr Patrick Dodds, CEO and Founder of Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd, has found a novel solution.
Dr Dodds’ anti-corrosion technology is not simply a chemical, but a system of nano-reservoirs that can be incorporated into coatings such as paint. This technology is activated by the chemicals that cause corrosion, triggering the rapid release of a protective agent and essentially making the coated material self-healing.
The aerospace, automotive and shipping industries are among those currently searching for new anti-corrosion solutions. Dr Dodds’ technology has potential to penetrate the £200 billion-dollar protective coating industry thanks to its speed of action and environmental acceptability. It also aims to match current equivalents on price and the length of its guarantee.
Awards from the Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers, Royal Society and Innovate UK have supported proof of concept and development to date. Dr Dodds is now developing this novel technology in collaboration with Tata Steel to manufacture anti-corrosive paint for metals in Europe. Discussions are progressing with other investors, and there has been interest from several multinationals within the paint industry.
Dr Dodds was awarded a 2017 Enterprise Fellowship to support him to develop the business. Next steps involve scaling up the manufacturing process and both long-term and accelerated testing.
Timing is key when emergency medical support is required. Metix Medical has developed a light, easily portable medical device that rapidly gets a patient’s vital information, enabling first responders to quickly and efficiently make decisions about treatment and the right place for care.
Essentially a miniaturised hospital monitor, the device is much lighter than current alternatives. It combines several monitoring functions into one device, saving first responders from having to manage multiple machines at a crucial time.
The technology can be used to transmit data in real time, meaning that a patient’s vital information can reach hospital before they do. This data can also be used by hospital staff to prioritise and manage accident and emergency admissions, potentially alleviating the pressure on this saturated service.
Metix Medical’s patient monitoring solutions have been developed by a team led by Dr Julio Enrique Guerrero, a medical doctor with a keen interest in emergency medicine and healthcare management. With high levels of accuracy, its devices and services are well positioned to access the high acuity monitoring technology market, which is valued at $1.4 billion and is growing by 5% each year.
As Managing Director, Julio will use structured support from the SME Leaders Programme as the company works towards the launch of its first product line in late 2018.
Dr Felicity de Cogan, Co-Founder of NitroPep, has developed a novel protective coating that kills bacteria on contact. The technology is attracting interest from a diverse range of sectors, including healthcare.
Every year an estimated 4.1 million patients in the European Union (EU) are affected by a healthcare-associated infection (HCAI). This is equivalent to one in 20 hospitalised patients, making it one of the most common adverse outcomes for hospital patients. Dr de Cogan’s aim is for NitroPep to be used in hospital facilities, from operation tables to washrooms, so that it can help to prevent the 37,000 deaths that are thought to be caused directly by HCAIs in Europe.
The active agent is incorporated during a post-manufacturing thermal treatment process. The result is metal that looks like brushed steel and works continuously to kill bacteria. Additionally, it can be tweaked to work in different environments, a feature that has already attracted the interest from some in the cruise ship market.
Trials have already shown the capacity for treated metal to be continuously active in killing bacteria for one year, and additional independent laboratory testing is underway to support work towards regulatory approval.
Meanwhile, Dr de Cogan is using funding from the University of Birmingham and a 2017 Enterprise Fellowship to spin out NitroPep, with the aim of launching the product in 2018.
The financial markets are complex and, for many in the industry, a significant challenge lies in working with large-scale, highly dynamic data sets in rapidly evolving contexts. BMLL Technologies (BMLL) offer a range of solutions to make this easier. Rather than trudge through the complexities of different data structures, different trading rules, dirty or missing data and the technical challenges of working with big data and its constantly changing tools, BMLL’s technology enables companies to focus on what is important – generating insights from data.
Hugh directs research that supports BMLL in developing solutions that are used by customers ranging from tier 1 US investment banks to hedge funds and trillion-dollar investment managers. For researchers and data scientists at these companies BMLL’s platform brings clarity and ease to data management and analysis. This enables them to lever their statistical skills and add value by quickly and efficiently investigating the problems their organisation faces.
The SME Leader’s Programme will help Hugh to develop leadership and management skills to assist the research team in making strategic advances as BMLL expands, through the design and provision of API exposed algorithms for customers in diverse fields from transaction cost analysis to market surveillance.
Supporting advances in research requires continuous innovation in the design and manufacture of equipment for gathering and analysing research data. Grant Instruments (Cambridge) Ltd. (Grant) is a global leader in this field, providing products and solutions for sample preparation, data acquisition and scientific analysis across life sciences and other industries.
In rapidly growing sectors, such as gene therapy and stem cell research, amongst many others, new demands are emerging for custom laboratory equipment. With a 65-year history of innovation, Grant is well-positioned to identify novel opportunities to produce reliable, high-quality equipment for customers across science, healthcare and industrial markets.
Today, a well-defined products and solutions strategy is enabling Grant to shape industry trends and innovation, future-proofing laboratory equipment specifications. As the company grows, it plans to create solutions that meet the needs of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, through unique applications and features, such as increased connectivity and secure remote data access.
Supported by the SME Leaders Programme, Alan is highly motivated to become a stronger and more influential technology leader by broadening the company’s innovation and reach, and building upon his existing knowledge and skills to develop professionally both as a technical expert and in the boardroom.
A major challenge in vascular surgery is the delicate task of navigating complex networks of arteries and veins. Cloud-based solutions, developed by Cydar, are helping surgeons by delivering live, automated 3D overlays to guide surgery. This reduces operating times by 28%, cuts down radiation exposure and improves patient outcomes.
Rather than rely on memory, surgeons can use Cydar’s technology to get automated 3D images during surgery. Cydar’s software fuses live 2D X-rays with the patient’s CT scan to create 3D overlays. Its core algorithms recognise and adjust to patient anatomy, providing surgeons with deeper, more accurate, real-time insights. It has also been designed for seamless and secure integration into existing hospital systems.
Currently in use in the US and UK, demand for Cydar’s technology is growing rapidly. The company is growing too. As Chief Business Development Officer, James leads in developing the partnerships that will help the company to scale up. He aims to use SME Leaders Programme to develop leadership and management skills in areas ranging from finance to marketing, as well as getting guidance on how to upskill a growing staff as the company reaches out globally.
An unparalleled level of access to the expertise of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Fellowship is a key benefit of being an Enterprise Hub member. With experience spanning the entire engineering and technology spectrum, the Fellows provide bespoke support and mentoring to Hub members. Mentors typically give at least one day a month to advise Hub members on business strategy, helping facilitate valuable connections, networking and practical support. The Enterprise Hub team connects members with the most appropriate mentor based on industry sector, stage of business cycle and any unique issues that need to be addressed. So far over a hundred Fellows have pledged their time in support of our programmes, and continue to be committed to help our members succeed.
Steve is a leading expert with over 35 years of experience.in the fields of semiconductor device research, nanotechnology and millimetre-wave integrated circuit design.
After founding and leading the Nanoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Glasgow, he co-founded and became Technical Director of Intellemetrics Ltd. His enterprising spirit continued with the foundation of Kelvin Nanotechnology Ltd in 2001.
Steve became Vice-Principal for Research and Enterprise at the University of Glasgow in 2005 where e is responsible for the University’s research strategy and policies. These includes key relations with research sponsors and strategic partners. He also heads up the University’s enterprise activities which has a strong focus on research links with industry and the promotion of spinout companies.
Steve was awarded an OBE for services to the field of nanotechnology in the 2002 Jubilee Honours List and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007.
“Encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship in technology and engineering requires a genuine link up and sharing of knowledge between research partners and industry. The Enterprise Hub is a key part of this, sharing enterprising expertise with individuals who have an incredible amount of technical talent, and providing the links to springboard their success in the industry.”
Hermann is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Silicon Fen cluster. He is a co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, alongside Fellow Anne Glover. He has been involved in a number of successful start-ups in his time at Amadeus such as CSR plc, Entropic Research Laboratory (which was later acquired by Microsoft) and Icera (acquired by Nvidia in 2011).
His career began famously as the co-founder of Acorn Computers, responsible for the iconic BBC Micro computer, which led to the development of ARM Holdings, now a global microprocesser giant. He was also founding director at organisations including IQ (Bio), IXI Limited, SynGenix and Advanced Displays Limited.
Hermann was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’ in 2001, and was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology in 2004. He was also commissioned to write a report on technology and innovation in the UK by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
In 2012, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his contribution to the translation of science into business. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering from 2002 and holds honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Bath, Loughborough, and from Anglia Polytechnic.
“I am a firm believer in the idea that entrepreneurship with supportive venture capital can change the world for the better. Britain has an outstanding track record in computing innovation, and the support of the Enterprise Hub will help to ensure the next generation of highly talented individuals in this space will continue this proud legacy.”
Cliff is a physicist with interests in soft matter, liquid crystals, displays, optoelectronics and photonics. Acknowledged as an inspirational technical leader and strategist, inventor and innovator, entrepreneur and public speaker, he is an experienced and award winning Chief Technology Officer, company founder and director. Cliff is currently a Professor of Physics; EPSRC Fellow of Advanced Manufacturing at the University of Leeds.
He is experienced in raising venture capital, growing ZBD Solutions Limited from nothing to over $30M sales per annum, becoming Europe's second fastest growing technology company for 2012.
Professor Jones is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chartered Physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and Senior Member of the Society for Information Display.
Sir Robin is a UK technology entrepreneur most closely associated with his work as ARM Holdings’ founding CEO and Chairman. Under his leadership, ARM Holdings to become the world’s leading semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) company. He guided ARM from start-up through flotation on NASDAQ and the LSE in 1998 before retiring in 2007.
His passion for technology started at a young age. At 13, he was running his own radio and tv repair business before going on to study Electronic Engineering at the University of Liverpool.
Prior to his time at ARM, Sir Robin served as the Managing Director of ES2 Ltd. and was the CEO of Henderson Security Systems. In addition to his day-to-day work, Sir Robin was Chairman of the Open Microprocessor Initiative Advisory Group (an EU panel advising on the collaborative R&D activity in Europe) and served as President of the IET between 2006 and 2007.
He was knighted in the 2002 New Year’s Honours List for services to the information technology industry. He is a visiting professor at the University of Liverpool, regularly mentors new entrepreneurs and is now an angel investor in high tech and engineering. Sir Robin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2002.
“For business success, customer pull is 1000 times more important than technology push, and today I enjoy guiding and mentoring other companies that have the potential to change the world. The Enterprise Hub connects new technology entrepreneurs to the experience of Fellows, so that together we can create economic benefit from strong engineering foundations.”
Nick is Professor of Regenerative Medicine Manufacture at Loughborough University and Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine.
Nick has experience in regenerative medicine development building on a career in industry as a chemist and chemical engineer. Regenerative medicine is the application of living cells and tissues to resolve disease or injury. It has the potential to revolutionise healthcare. It has been named by the government as one of the priority technologies for UK competitiveness. The market has a global value estimated to be worth $20 billion by 2025.
Nick is a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Chemical Engineer, and he has spent a significant amount of his career working within Smith & Nephew. Nick also has experience in quality assurance, process design, regulatory affairs and economic analysis.
His specialties include: project cost projections and cost control, advice to grant funding bodies, set up and management of cleanroom facilities and pilot plant, application of healthcare regulations to new medical product development, project planning and control, the construction of efficient Quality Management Systems for medical research programmes.
He was made Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011.
Norman has researched a wide variety of microwave and optical devices during his career. He has published some 70 scientific papers and patents while at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (now Qinetiq Malvern).
He is currently the Chief Executive of Catalyst Inc. (formerly Northern Ireland Science Park). It is a peer-driven network providing support for entrepreneurs and innovators, and a project he guided from initial concept to realisation.
Norman chairs the Advisory Board of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and CatTechnology (ECIT) at The Queen’s University of Belfast and is also a visiting Professor at the University of Ulster. He is Deputy Chairman of Matrix, the Northern Ireland Science Industry strategy group, and chairs the steering board of the NI Composite Centre. He has been Vice President (Business and Innovation) of the Institute of Physics and Honorary President of the Association for Science Education in Northern Ireland.
In 2011, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is an Enterprise Committee member and steering group chair for the Enterprise Hub. He has mentored many engineers at the Hub on projects that helped store renewable energy; conserve the black rhino in South Africa, and to extend the life of our ageing national grid infrastructure. Norman leads the Academy’s ‘Engineering SMEs Leaders’ programme, which awards training support and short-term mentoring for engineering SMEs. In 2012, Norman was awarded an OBE for his contributions to science and economic development.
"(Engineering) entrepreneurs are typically rich with ideas, energy and enthusiasm but cash poor. They cannot afford the quality help they need to find the right business model for their idea, discovery or invention. Pro Bono support from Fellows from their experience and from their “black books” helps speed the process and leads to increased innovation.”
Nigel’s career has involved working in the UK and the Netherlands for Unilever and Wellcome Research. While abroad, he built and operated the first large-scale Dutch facility for the manufacture of the genetically engineered protein alpha-galactosidase. Later, he led the process design for Wellcome’s WelGen interferon manufacturing plant in the USA.
Nigel has served as a co-founding non-executive director for two manufacturing SMEs, Cobra Biomanufacturing Plc (which was listed on AIM) and Angel Technology Ltd. The latter was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2006 and the International Sial d’Or prize for the most innovative new UK nutritional product at the Paris International Food Conference 2004. Currently he is Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Cambridge University.
Nigel was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2004.
“My relevant technical and personal experience was well-matched to Janice’s needs and I am pleased to be involved in such a positive initiative.”
Andrew is the Chief Executive of the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials which aims to be a being a world-leading centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation He also serves on the board of Consort Medical Plc as a Non-Executive Director and is Non-Executive Chairman of mOm Incubators ltd. In addition, Andrew is an independent advisor to CEME Spa, a leading manufacturer of fluid control components for household and industrial appliances backed by Investcorp.
Previously, Dr Hosty was Chief Operating Officer at Morgan Advanced Materials Plc, an appointment he held from February 2013 until January 2016. Before this, he held a number of senior positions within Morgan Advanced Materials Plc, including as Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Ceramics and served on the Morgan Advanced Materials plc board in from July 2010 to January 2016. Previously, Dr Hosty was a non-executive director of Fiberweb plc from 2012 to 2013.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2011).
Dick is a serial entrepreneur, business mentor and investor, focusing on the software industry and digital marketplaces, with over 30 years of experience in business. He is motivated by businesses that develop and exploit innovative technology to solve real and pressing problems. He is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of innovative software provider and three-time Queen’s Award winner, MooD International.
His academic background includes a lectureship in computer science at the University of York during which he published a number of research papers and books, including Database Systems Engineering, which became a standard undergraduate text for many UK universities. Additionally, he has co-authored multiple patents relating to modelling technologies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2012, and is RAEng Visiting Professor of Business Innovation at University of York.
"The concept of the Enterprise Hub resonated with me as a solid, practical initiative to benefit UK engineering through engaging the Academy’s extraordinary network of talent. The role of the Hub in launching and scaling such businesses is of enormous value to the UK economy and the engineering profession.”
Meet the innovators and innovations, members and projects that received early support from the Enterprise Hub. Many of these projects have gone on to achieve incredible success, recognition, market share and international awards. The work of our members are, without exaggeration, changing the world and the lives of people everywhere.
Ian is the Managing Director of TribeHive, a University of Sussex spin-out focussing on software to overcome the problem of poor smartphone data connectivity in crowded places.
His innovation lets individual smartphone apps crowd-share data bandwidth by building a network directly between the mobile devices. This network is then used as the basis for distributing information.
Using this technology, mobile apps can reliably deliver match-related content and social media feeds to football fans in stadiums.
The system is now in place in a large number of professional football clubs, and the commercial rights in the sports market have now passed on to the company InCrowd Sports. Working with TribeHive, Ian continues to develop other opportunities for the technology.
“The Enterprise Hub has provided me access to very high calibre mentors, who have considerable experience in the field. It is immensely useful to be able to bounce ideas off them, sanity check our plans, and discuss freely with an independent and smart mind how best to move the business forward.”
Matthew has developed and patented Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) as a novel manufacturing platform with his product, Alpin.
ULPI can implant any glass with femtosecond-laser generated plasma – a highly charged and energetic gas, such as one containing optically active elements. This introduces visible or light-activated colouring (e.g. when exposed to UV) to glass.
Using a mask much like a stencil, ULPI can create a pattern upon the surface such as a barcode or branding.
This could have any number of applications such as an anti-counterfeiting measure, made unique for an individual batch or product. It could provide security and authenticity for diverse products such as pharmaceutical, alcohol and perfume bottles. The invention could add a unique selling point to a product as well as limiting the severe health and financial implications of counterfeiting.
Matthew founded Ultramatis Ltd as a spin-out of the University of Leeds to further expand the possibilities of this exciting technology.
Current joint replacement systems use a standardised one-size-fits-all approach, despite the fact that bone shape and size can vary enormously.
Susannah had the idea to create fully-customised parts for surgery. She is a co-founder of Imperial College London spin-out Embody Orthopaedic that now make unique instruments designed specifically for a one person’s surgical intervention.
Embody are pioneering low-cost instrumentation for orthopaedic surgery with a new type of 3D printed technology to revolutionise joint replacements. This approach decreases risk by creating instrumentation such as knee replacements that are unique to each patient. The minimally invasive devices are printed in nylon, a low-cost, robust material that can be readily sterilised.
instruments are now used in both everyday surgery and more
specialised cases, such as soldiers with lower
limb gunshot wounds. Using 3D printing technology enables a very
complex operation to be planned and undertaken in a much
reduced timeframe, allowing an entirely personalised surgical
approach at an affordable cost.
is expanding on 3D printing customisable implants. Furthering plans to
deliver a fully tailored joint replacement process, from surgical
planning to recovery, the company is also launching a web-based
surgical planning system. This allows surgeons to upload patient
scans and trial different surgical scenarios pre-operatively. Within
the next ten years, Susannah plans to apply the technology in other
fields such as maxillofacial, cardiovascular and dental surgery.
“The Enterprise Hub has given me access to opportunities that have played a big role in my progress, particularly being able to take time out from my research to focus on the project, and receiving business training. The events organised by The Enterprise Hub have also enabled me to meet some very experienced people in the industry who gave me their views on my project from a completely different perspective, which was invaluable.”
Lightpoint Medical's groundbreaking device brings real-time molecular imaging to the operating room, improving health outcomes for cancer patients. The technology is based on the use of Cerenkov luminescence imaging, which Lightpoint CEO and Founder, Dr David Tuch, recognised as having significant diagnostic potential when combined with positron emission tomography techniques.
As an intraoperative device, it can be used to guide surgeons so that they can avoid leaving behind microscopic cancerous cells, increasing the likelihood that all target tissue is removed in one surgery. This would both relieve patients from the burden of repeat surgeries and minimise any delay to the next stage of their treatment.
The device can also reduce healthcare costs by making both surgery and follow-on treatment more efficient.
The SME Leaders Programme is supporting Dr Tuch as he leads this emerging technology through its next phase of commercial growth. Looking further forward, Lightpoint’s technology could also potentially impact on other surgeries, such as those for prostate, head and neck cancers.
in every 300 people worldwide is classified as legally blind. Of these, most (up to 90%) have some remaining sight called residual
vision. This can be limited to an awareness of colour, light, shapes
and motion. Stephen and his team have developed a non-invasive visual
display that can be worn like glasses to enhance the usefulness of
The glasses work by detecting the three dimensional structure of nearby objects and preferentially highlighting the nearest and most important objects, such as people, faces and obstacles.
Traditional assistive technologies for the visually impaired usually involve touch or sound-based devices. Although useful, these older solutions are hard to learn and provide a fairly limited increase in quality of life and independence.
Stephen's company Oxsight (a spin-out of the University of Oxford) is currently refining the prototype into a new lightweight pair of glasses, and a market-ready device is expected soon. It will initially be sold online, and potentially made available on the high street in the future.
Angus is working to ensure transport companies improve margins through better investment in efficiency solutions. An average heavy goods vehicle in the UK uses £42,000 of fuel annually. For haulage companies operating on extremely tight margins averaging between one to three percent, savings on fuel can have a huge effect on their profits.
There are a number of products available on the market designed to improve the efficiency of haulage vehicles, but a lack of evidence of savings on fuel has limited their uptake. Angus established his start-up Dynamon to address this lack of quantifiable data for the haulage industry.
Dynamon combines big data from vehicles with dynamic modelling and statistics in order to give hauliers tailored recommendations on the products that will help them make the greatest savings. It can also be used to help in gauging impact on air quality improvement programmes.
The company has two main products, both of which provide measurements that are far more reliable and accurate than MPG (miles per gallon) or litres per 100km.
The first product, Advanced Fuel Measurement, measures fuel savings from tracking aerodynamics, fuel additives, driver training and regenerative braking. Dynamon’s software links directly to vehicle telematics data and can measure vehicle performance without variables caused by driver behaviour, route, traffic, and vehicle weight.
Dynamon's second product is currently under development. The Fuel Saving Platform utilises a database of fuel saving products to recommend those that provide best return on investment (ROI) for a particular company. This ensures road transport companies invest in the correct fuel saving products based on how they use their vehicles.
Imagine if you could replace all the interfaces that clutter your life with something that reads the gestures you already know. Now add the ability to detect the almost infinite subtlety of touch our hands can generate. By contrast, the many switches, joysticks, buttons and wheels that enable humans to interact with electronic products are unwieldy, difficult to use and expensive to make, requiring thousands of complex sensors within each one.
Ming Kong has invented a new sensing method using a soft, hyper-sensitive material that can sense a greater range of touch motions than traditional electronic devices. It can also be moulded out of one material into a 3D shape rather than assembled in parts.
His company TG0's technology aims to make controls more intuitive. Touchscreens and buttons require you to move a virtual object in 3D space with 2D controls, TG0 enables users to physically perform the desired on-screen movement on a flexible, soft 3D object.
The material can detect an incredibly diverse range of different hand movements, removing the need for multiple products to control different electronic functions, and improving control.
TG0 could ultimately replace conventional controls such as the trackpad, the car dashboard and even gaming handhelds with a sculptural, all-in-one 3D sensing material.
"Getting to grips with a whole new mechanism for sensing and control doesn’t come naturally when you’ve spent your life learning to use another system."
Phil Horton is the managing director of Dulas Ltd, an international worker-owned co-operative in the field of renewable energy. The company has been providing renewable energy installations for 30 years. The company started by installing solar power in Kenya in 1984, followed by solar powered blood banks in Sudan, pioneering innovative uses of renewable energy.
Dulas develops and delivers renewable energy solutions to a range of clients, including businesses, charities and landowners. In the UK, Dulas is currently working on wind, solar and hydro projects, including installing wind monitoring instruments for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm, while overseas it is mainly focused on its work on solar powered vaccine fridges.
Based on research developed during his PhD, Richard has developed a new approach to high-resolution timing instrumentation.
timing instruments are used by scientists in everything from
bio-medical imaging to quantum information processing research.
However, most of these advanced and extremely useful research tools are not widely used by scientists, simply because the cost of the precision timing technology currently available is so high.
Richard's work is based on digital rather than traditional analogue technology that dramatically lowers costs.
Richard's innovative approach lowers costs significantly without sacrificing quality of results. Therefore, these cutting-edge research tools are more affordable and more accessible to scientists solving problems all over the world.
Dr Richard Nock is a founder of Qumet Technologies, a spin-out of Bristol University. His organisation is continuing work on further advances in high-resolution timing instrumentation.
“The Hub provides a huge opportunity for me to take my research from a prototype used in cutting edge quantum information research into a commercial viable product with a successful business model behind it. The scheme will bring this about through training, support and building an invaluable network of industry contacts.”