Four final year students pitch projects to investors
10 June 2020
Four Innovation Programme finalists gave phenomenal pitches and showcased their emerging business concepts to international investors as part of SETSquared GradInvest event.
After weeks of preparation and guidance from staff here at the University of Bristol and SETSquared, four Innovation Programme finalists gave phenomenal pitches and showcased their emerging business concepts to international investors as part of SETSquared GradInvest event.
After weeks of preliminaries just seventeen businesses were selected, performing online to nearly two-hundred start-up experts. Our two teams from the Centre - Amber Probyn and Hazel McShane of Satis & Konstantina Psoma and Roman Bromidge of Kaedim - presented two very different venture propositions to GradInvest 2020.
SETSquared GradInvest 2020 featured the most innovative emerging start-ups developed by students from the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton, and Surry. Lead for engagement at Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and original co-developer of the graduate investment showcase concept, Neil Coles said “the aim of the event is to use the SETSquared network to enable seed investment, grant funding, expertise, mentorship, and to get highly performing graduates on to a high-level accelerator programmes. Many of those pitching have been working on their businesses fulltime since graduation and I we are so proud of how well our four Innovation Programme undergraduates performed”.
The Centre’s final year undergraduate project asks students to solve a problem that they see in their communities. Students bring together the innovation tools and insights developed over four years of working with Centre staff to create an innovative solution for the problems they identified. Satis and Kaedim are just two of the concepts developed this year, which will be showcased online following final assessments in mid-June.
SATIS provides innovative solutions that increase queue efficiency for women at festivals and large public events whilst protecting women and the planet. Founder Amber who studies Anthropology with Innovation said, “GradInvest2020 was an incredible experience, we learned so much at each stage and meeting investors in the break-out rooms has given us the opportunity to form new partnerships that might be instrumental in Satis’s growth.”
Co-founder Hazel (Physics with Innovation) who pitched on the day said, ‘I’m so grateful for GradInvest2020, as a nervous public speaker, my confidence in pitching grew so much throughout the process. It's such an amazing experience to share the work Amber and I have done, for an issue we care so much about.”
Kaedim, founded by two Computer Science with Innovation undergraduates, Konstantina and Roman, have developed machine learning tools to speed up the creation of 3D assets from a single input image. Their final year innovation project highlighted that demand for these assets is growing rapidly, especially in the games industry showing the frustration among designers struggling to keep up. Kaedim are currently reviewing applications for their first three members of staff.
Roman said, “Being selected to pitch at the final stage of GradInvest has been an amazing opportunity for gaining traction with potential investors and mentors willing to help us on our journey. It has also enabled us to maintain momentum from our recent New Enterprise Competition win.”