Birmingham's brightest battle it out for their share of a 24k prize

Posted on Friday 15th March 2013

The University of Birmingham’s innovation competition, Enterprising Birmingham 2013, which rewards researchers who can demonstrate a great business idea, is now reaching its final stages.

Six innovative commercial opportunities arising from research across the University have been chosen by a panel of businesses leaders. The finalists will present their ideas in front of a 2nd panel of experts and an audience of university staff, alumni and guests from business and the public sector at the showcase event on 26 March at the University’s Business School.

The Enterprising Birmingham Showcase is a celebration of the creativity of our researchers and promises to be an exciting demonstration of some of the University’s brightest commercial projects and entrepreneurial spirit as the finalist’s battle for a share of the £24,000 prize money.

The finalists come from a range of disciplines that reflects the diversity of talent within the University of Birmingham. The finalists are:

  1. Sampson Hu - Ultra-low cost antenna for cellular handsets
  2. Yanina Sevastsyanovich - Increasing efficiency of biopharmaceutical production
  3. Isaac Chang - Reducing production costs of fine boron carbide powders by low temperature synthesis
  4. Oliver Goodyear - Generation of a separation device for human therapeutic cells
  5. François-Xavier Li – Youth football performance screening and optimisation
  6. Scott Lucas – EA WorldView: Internet-based news agency, with live coverage and analysis of latest international developments  

The showcase Event will be opened by Professor Adam Tickell (Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer), and promises to be a lively and informative afternoon.

Professor Adam Tickell said, “The University of Birmingham is committed to providing an environment that encourages and rewards entrepreneurial activity among our researchers. The Enterprising Birmingham Showcase is an exciting occasion for businesses to discover the commercial opportunities being developed at the University and will be an excellent demonstration of the breadth our research.”

You can register for the event with Enterprising Birmingham.  

For further information please contact Sofia Hansrod.

Thank you to our sponsors: Deloitte, Marks and Clerk, MTC, Sandvik and Withers and Rogers.