We would like to congratulate to the winners of the Startup Sussex competition ran by the Sussex Innovation Centre. Even though this time we didn’t fit in the top 3 entrepreneur of the year, we found the competition a valuable experience.
The Awards, organised by the Careers and Employability Centre, is the culmination of several months of hard work from initial idea, advice and support through to formulation.
This year’s winners were chosen from six finalists who pitched their enterprising ideas to the judging panel. This consisted of Peter Lane – Innovation Support Manager, Sussex Innovation Centre; Linda Buckham – Director, University of Sussex Careers & Employability Centre; Jonathan Markwell – Founder, The Skiff, CoderFounders; Jim Banting – Investor; Michael Stubbs – Investor; and David Porter – Investment Readiness Advisor, Sussex Innovation Centre
The judges were very impressed with the high standard of all this year’s pitches. So much so that the Sussex Innovation Centre will offer a further 10 hours of business support and mentoring, free of charge, to the three finalists who didn’t win prizes.
Says Daniel: “I am very glad the Sussex Innovation Centre found all of the 6 finalist ideas, including our ambition, valuable enough to support it further. Regardless of the short term outcome of the competition, the Startup Sussex scheme was incredibly helpful in team building, setting clear mission, and gather skills needed to execute our plans on helping visually impaired learners see science in a new light. The further business support in the next six months, will enable us to establish Grapheel’s constitution and ensure appropriate legal and financial bases, turning an undergraduate project to a scalable social enterprise, and showcase we are serious about our mission.”
Read the full news item written on the outcome of the competition by the University of Sussex Press office here