Published: 26 May 2011 at 11:30
Students toast success after their business ideas catch the eye of judges
Three teams from Anglia Ruskin University walked away with £10,000 each after impressing the judges during the final of The Big Pitch competition.
Team leaders Tom Barton, Kanayo Ogwu and Phill Richardson all successfully pitched their business ideas to a panel that included Rajeeb Dey, Vernon Spencer and entrepreneurial expert Walter Herriot OBE, after more than 40 initial entries were narrowed down to a shortlist of seven for the grand final in Cambridge.
In addition to their £10,000 start-up funding, they will also receive 12 month’s free office space at the Anglia Ruskin’s business incubator unit; 12 month’s free business banking with Barclays; legal advice and support from Eversheds; accountancy services and advice from Peters Elworthy & Moore (PEM); and creative and branding support from One.
Kanayo Ogwu, who is about to complete an MA in International Business, is behind X Sports Connect, which is a mobile phone app that will act as a social media platform for football fans across the world.
The 30-year-old, who is originally from Nigeria and now lives in Cambridge, said:
Tom Barton, 20, and his business partner Mark Reyner, 23, are behind Digi Ping, which is another innovative mobile phone app. Digi Ping allows users to scan barcodes at venues such as libraries and museums to download maps and floor plans.
Phill Richardson, who is about to complete a PhD in Acoustics of Percussion, has developed software that automatically generates music videos based on the lyrics of a song. Vid Magic gives up-and-coming musicians the chance to upload videos online for little cost or effort.
The 27-year-old said:
Jackie Cooper won a smaller prize of £4,000, donated by Visual Planet, for Aquasoftna, which is a water filter that can be easily attached to shower heads to soften water without restricting flow.
The Big Pitch competition, which was open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate students at Anglia Ruskin, was run by Senior Lecturer Ben Mumby-Croft from the university’s Centre for Enterprise Development and Research (CEDAR) in partnership with Anglia Ruskin’s Research, Development and Commercial Services (RDCS).
Ben Mumby-Croft said:
Lester Lloyd-Reason, Professor of International Enterprise Strategy at Anglia Ruskin, said:
Paddy Bishopp, founder of Paddy & Scott’s coffee company and one of The Big Pitch judges, said: