The New Enterprise Competition
The New Enterprise Competition is the University of Bristol's flagship start-up competition, run by the Basecamp Enterprise team.
Every year we award £35,000 of funding to entrepreneurial students, staff and alumni. These start-ups cover a broad range of areas from jewellery design to novel vertical farming technologies.
Winners join a prestigious group of start-ups and spinouts and are part of the 20-year tradition of celebrating and rewarding entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol.
Introducing the winners of this year's New Enterprise Competition - PEEQUAL
PEEQUAL was founded by Anthropology with Innovation and Physics with Innovation students, Amber Probyn and Hazel McShane (pictured above), who graduated in 2020. Their mission is to pioneer pee equality for women with the UK’s first touch-free, stand-alone, women’s urinal.
Amber and Hazel were awarded £15,000 in funding which will go towards developing the final version of their product ahead of festival season this year and over Summer 2022 - Congratulations!
You can find out more about their project in our press release
New Enterprise Competition 2021
Meet this year's ten FinalistsOur finalists presented their final pitches on Friday 14 May in front of our panel of judges. They were shortlisted out of 27 applications which ranged between a lifestyle brand to a food management service to indoor farming kits. They all pitched for the chance to win up to £20,000 in funding, incubation at SETSquared, and other pro bono prizes from our sponsors. The winners were announced on Friday 21 May
WINNER: Peequal - Amber Probyn and Hazel McShane
This year's New Enterprise top prize Growth Stage winner is PEEQUAL; the UK’s first touch-free, stand-alone, women’s urinal. Born in Bristol, PEEQUAL’s mission is to pioneer pee-equality for women, everywhere. Amber and Hazel were awarded £15,000 in funding which will go towards developing the final version of their product ahead of festival season this year and over Summer 2022.
Runner up: Bottle Farm - Charlie Francis and Emil Schnieder
Our runners-up, receiving £5,000 were Bottlefarm. Bottlefarm is the kit that turns any plastic bottle into an indoor farm. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables and houseplants on your window.
Runner up: Senmag Robotics - Gareth Barnaby and Spyros Lavetzis
Runners up Senmag Robotics received 12 months incubation at SETSqauared and legal advice at VWV. Virtual and Augmented reality are going to be the next major computing platform but right now it is visual only - users cannot feel anything. Senmag robotics are delivering solutions to this problem. As a screen lets you see programs, our affordable interfaces let you touch them.
People's Choice winners: Young Goat - Aaron Farr and Al Harlington
Young Goat is a Bristol-born lifestyle brand founded in 2019 by a group of friends at the University of Bristol to inspire people to be the best version of themselves and to believe that they can be the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time); that anyone can be the GOAT. We combine premium fabrics and contemporary colourways to produce accessible streetwear.
Chaser - Abhishek Gautam and Francisco Gomez Medina
Chaser increases the effectiveness of digital marketing through the concept of digital scavenger hunts. Users find answers to our sponsored questions by browsing the web, and the fastest to find all the answers win a prize. As a result, players interact with brands’ digital content during the scavenger hunt, making advertising a natural by-product of the game.
Knowaste - Sophie Elliott, Edward Stratton and Kesta Kemp
KnoWaste is a data-driven food management service for the catering sector. Using a pre-order system we reduce the cost and volume of food waste for catering teams, whilst gamification and visualisation techniques inform diners on the environmental impacts of their food, encouraging responsible food consumption.
SoundOff - Thiri Mohl
SoundOFF's mission is to protect hearing of industrial workers, by eliminating noise, one sound at a time. Our solution allows users to select sounds they want to hear. You can choose to remove machinery noise while keeping the alarm sounds on - just like selecting TV channels
Green Green Robotics - Ben Money Coomes
Green Green Robotics are creating sustainable solutions to reduce waste. We've designed a low-cost refill station that quickly fills bottles with any cleaning fluid, like soaps and shampoos. And we’ve been testing it with commercial partners.
Chisel Robotics - Mayur Hulke
We developed a technology that can convert any regular prosthetic leg into the smart one to provide 24/7 assistance to people with lower limb amputation. We are building the digital technology infrastructure and research engine to treat Amputees who are suffering from a lower limb Mobility issue, especially those with treatment-resistant mental health. We have a bold vision for the future — one in which lower limb amputation is no longer an excuse for disability.
Welleasy - Sonny Drinkwater
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The Peoples’ Choice Award is a separate £2,000 award that is voted for by you.
It's another excuse to thank our sponsors, judges, and mentors and most importantly to celebrate the achievements of the fantastic finalists and help them build strong networks.
The business with the highest number of votes wins £2,000 of additional funding.
The 2021 winner of the £2000 People’s Choice Award, with over 800 votes is: Young Goat!
Thank you to all our mentors for their support as part of this year’s competition. We paired 39 aspiring entrepreneurs from 21 ventures with a talented pool of experienced mentors. The calibre of applications was exceptional, and our mentors played a significant role in that.
Are you interested in becoming a mentor? We have scaled up our mentoring support this year because we see first-hand the impact having a mentor can have on building an individual’s confidence, networks and business acumen. We are always in need of experienced business professionals from a range of sectors, backgrounds and expertise. Let us know, we would love to meet you.
Please let us know when you vote for your favourite finalist through the People’s Choice Award or contact our team directly at email@example.com.
This year we worked closely with SETsquared to give candidates exclusive access to their specialist advisers in residence, gaining valuable critique and support in areas such as IP, marketing, legal, and financial support.
Our sponsors provide essential funding or provide pro-bono access to their professional support. Thank you valued sponsors for helping us make the New Enterprise Competition a success for the past 20 years.
If you are interested in learning more about sponsoring the competition, please let us know when you vote for your favourite finalist through the People’s Choice Award or contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a team of start-up specialists that sit within the Careers Service at the University of Bristol. We provide start-up support for all students, and alumni up to three years after graduation.
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