Published: 5 May 2016 at 17:31
Innovative emergency shelter design wins £13,000 in Anglia Ruskin entrepreneurial competition
A student who has designed a flat-pack emergency shelter has won £13,000 in a competition for entrepreneurs of the future.
Lucy Tushingham, a third-year Interior Design student, was one of four winners at The Big Pitch Final, a competition run by Anglia Ruskin University’s Centre for Enterprise Development and Research (CEDAR) for students to come up with a business idea and attempt to win funding.
Entitled Forgotten Spaces, Lost Faces, Lucy’s project seeks to develop highly flexible flat-packed emergency accommodation, designed for uses from providing shelter for the homeless or those involved in natural disasters, to ‘glamping’ at music festivals.
The project has grown into a start-up business which will also see the structures sold for use at music festivals, with profits going back into providing the accommodation for the homeless and other social applications, such as the refugee crisis in Europe.
As well as the £10,000 first prize, Lucy’s project received an extra £3,000 offered by Provide, a health and social care provider, for an innovative solution to a social problem.
Lucy, 25 and originally from Warrington, said:
A prize of £5,000 was given to Computer Science students Ryan Seymour, 21, and Billy Hadlow, 20, both from King’s Lynn, for their Carebind scheme, a piece of software designed to aid home care providers during their day-to-day activities in a more professional way.
Connie Dent, a part-time Illustration student who is based in Cambridge but hails from Carlisle, received £3,000 for her Literally Wonderland project, a dynamic, innovative theatre company offering immersive pop-up dining experiences based on classic literature, such as Alice and Wonderland, and marketed through running themed cafés.
Tania Khan, a third-year Graphic Design student, won a one-year free membership to the Future Business Centre in Cambridge, provided by Allia. Her project, Package of Hope, provides parents of children with Down Syndrome with practical information and inspirational stories, aimed at countering the current range of materials which she feels often create fear and anxiety among parents.
Having won through from the initial video pitch stage and a three-day “bootcamp” of interactive seminars, the finalists presented to a panel of CEDAR entrepreneurs during the final at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus on Wednesday night. The winners were announced later in the evening.
Professor Lester Lloyd-Reason, Director of CEDAR, said: