Hub Media Round-Up: August 2021

01 Sep 2021

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(L-R Joe Gibbard and Hub Member Samantha Payne, Co-founders of Open Bionics)

  • Is this the start of world domination? Hub Member Vivacity Labs will be using their AI technology in the City of Port Phillip, Australia, to measure bike rider, pedestrian and motor vehicle movements and help reduce congestion and increase sustainable transport methods. Read more here.  
  • "Be patient and determined because you can receive 100's and all it takes is one yes, just don't give up."- Hub Member Open Bionics' co-founder Samantha Payne shares her entrepreneurial ups and downs, and how entrepreneurs can succeed in impact venture. Read more here.
  •  Millions of electric car batteries will be retired. Will they get recycled? "Lithium-ion batteries are rarely designed with recyclability in mind" says Carlton Cummins, co-founder of Hub Member Aceleron, who are on a mission to change this with their repairable and recyclable lithium ion batteries. Learn more here.
  • The Geospatial Commission has announced the latest winners of its £5 million Transport Location Data Competition and Hub Member Dynamon - an AI tool to help commercial fleets adopt the optimum zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure - is one of them! Learn more about the funding and the winners here.
  • Beyond thrilled to see Hub Member Kitty Liao, CEO and founder of Ideabatic has been selected as a finalist for this year's Solve MIT Global Challenge - Health Security & Pandemics strand for her smart vaccine carrier SMILE. Get voting for her here.
  • Hub Member Paragraf have received funding from Department of Trade Internationalisation Fund. The fund will enable Paragraf to meet with multiple global supply chains to accelerate the adoption of their graphene electronics through multiple global markets. To learn more about the funding and Paragraf, see here.
  • Hub Member and startup OXSIGHT have launched their latest smart glasses with clinics for people with central vision loss (such as Age Macular Degeneration) in Oxford. It is hoped the smart glasses could help up to 80% of the two million people in the UK who are visually impaired. Learn how here.
  • Delighted to see Science, Research and Innovation Minister Amanda Solloway paid a visit to the Imperial College White City Incubator and met Hub Member Puraffinity, to learn about how they use advanced materials to capture impurities in water. Learn more about Amanda's visit here
  • Check out Hub Member Aceleron's CEO and Co-Founder Dr Amrit Chandan in this interview session with Mercia PLC, talking about the latest at Aceleron, how investor support has helped them and the importance of Energy Storage. Watch it here
  • Huge congratulations are in need for Hub Member QFlow They have managed to raise £1.7m to accelerate their mission - reducing waste in the construction sector by digitising construction material and waste tracking. Learn how and why it is important here
  • Congratulations to Hub Member Vivacity Labs - they have been named as one of three UK AI startups to watch in 2021 by Tech Round UK. Their tech gathers data on transport, traffic flow and travel patterns to help optimise transport networks. See the other startups here.
  • Hub Member Vivacity Labs will be having their AI sensors installed across Greater Manchester, to capture data in real-time on cycling and walking to give Transport for Greater Manchester insight into current active travel schemes, and the planning of future schemes. See more on the partnership here
  • Exciting stuff - Hub Member Porotech have secured a partnership with Jade Bird Display (JBD) in China, a leader in micro-LED display technology. Porotech will be providing JBD with its GaN technology that is set to transform the electronics industry. See more on the partnership here.
  • Congratulations to Hub Member QFlow - they've raised $2.4m to accelerate their mission to reduce waste in the construction sector by digitising construction material and waste tracking. 40% of the world's raw resources are used in construction with 13% going directly to waste. Learn more.
  • Hurrah for Hub Member Koalaa - they've been named as one of the best startups to work for in London, for their team spirit and camaraderie. To see the full list.
  • Well done to Hub Member Crover - they've managed to raise £337,000 for their grain swimming robot startup. A very successful crowdfunding campaign indeed! See more here.
  • A brain aneurysm can cause a stroke, brain damage and death if they burst. Tackling this problem using engineering is Hub Member Oxford Heartbeat, who have been granted £1.5 million to develop its technology to help surgeons save more lives. Learn more here.
  • The future of packaging - Hub Member Monolith AI feature in the Raconteur on how AI can enhance the sustainability of packaging. Find out how it's possible to find alternative bioplastics, that offer the same performance but better recyclability using AI. To see the article.
  • Want to learn more? Hub Member QBot UK have transformed construction techniques using robotics to lower the cost of insulation installation services. Find out the how the idea became a reality from CEO Mathew Holloway here.
  • See it in action - Hub Member QBot UK were appointed to install underfloor insulation by Islington Council under Green Homes Grant funding, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. 


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