It was a very hard decision but here are the 10 semi-finalists who will pitch to a panel of expert judges in London on 19 May for the chance to win prizes including £3,500 cash funding.
From those, five will be shortlisted for a public vote with the winner announced at the Go and Grow Online Summit in London on 24 May.
Maria Wasner, Pretzelmarie (University of West London)
Since moving to London from Munich, I've missed the smell and taste of fresh baked bread, pretzel or rolls, which can be bought at every corner in Germany. My idea is to sell fresh pretzels with different toppings such as typically Bavarian with butter, camembert or
Simon Sansome, Ability Access (De Montfort University)
Ability Access is
People with disabilities will be able to upload pictures, reviews
This will include all public open spaces including shops, cinema, schools, libraries, pubs, clubs
What's the worst part about popcorn? Pesky kernels that get caught in your teeth! Worry no more; lil’POP The Healthy Crop is coming to the rescue!
Jaspreet Paul, UniRoomie (University of Brighton)
UniRoomie aims to help students search for rooms and roommates based on a combination of their desired price, location, living preferences and
Users simply input the relevant information and our site will connect students together, giving them the opportunity to learn more about each other before making the leap and moving in with one another.
Cindy Liberman, Lara Intimates (London College of Fashion)
Lara Intimates is a sustainable underwear brand launching in September 2017. Every garment is made with reclaimed materials, unused or
From June, we will set up the Lara Intimates Factory in East London, where our team can monitor sustainable practices and limit fabric and stock waste. Most importantly, Lara will participate in the resurgence of British manufacturing, bringing the technical skills of lingerie design and construction to people in London.
Along with supporting British industry and a sustainable fashion supply chain, Lara also works to empower women with perfectly fitted bras. With a size range of 28A-36E, Lara offers more sizes than nearly any retailer on the high street and independent market. Lara’s website also features the Find My Size tool, where women can input two measurements to learn their correct bra size.
Callum Coombes, Assemble (University of East Anglia)
Assemble is a web and mobile platform that helps you locate your remote workforce in real time, without expensive tracking equipment. Remote workers can now share their real-time location, share any issues or challenges they’re having, and share their current progress on the job, all-in-one easy to use experience, on any device.
Remote teams around the world, such as real estate agents out and about at house viewings, home-service businesses doing installations, builders, cleaning companies and more all have a nightmare communicating their location and their day-to-day activities.
Giovanni Basile-Garcia, Ti&Shirt (King's College London)
Ti&Shrt is an iFashion retail digital platform that allows people to
Furthermore, the Ti&Shrt platform will enable users to
Ti&Shrt's major vision is to reshape the fashion experience and aims to be the first fashion company to give up the brand privilege and allow everyone to be the
Mohammed Shah, POW (Brunel University)
Electric bikes are the best way to get around London but they have some unresolved issues.
Firstly, they are too expensive. An average quality electric bike costs around £1500. Secondly, batteries are prone to failure and degradation, just as they are on smartphones and laptops. Unlike laptops and phones, though, replacements can cost around £500. If someone wants to convert their bike to electric now it is extremely tedious and requires a lot of research and dealing with dodgy suppliers.
POW aims to
You bring your own bike to us, or a fitting partner, and then we convert your bike to
Thomas Johnston, Craft Ginger Beer (Imperial College London)
My business idea is brewing a craft ginger beer. I have worked in an independent off license in Co. Down, Northern Ireland over the past three holiday periods. During my time, I have got a great insight into the drinks industry, as well as the know how to run a business.
Being a penultimate year chemical engineering student has taught me the in-depth knowledge of batch processing, along with courses on business management. The craft beer and craft spirits industry has noticeably boomed over the last few years, with microbreweries popping up all over the UK.
The choice of ginger beer was based on a number of factors. One is that it is a drink that can be enjoyed with or without alcohol content, making it available to a wider range of consumers. Another is that it is widely used as a mixer, and many spirit companies have paired their product with ginger beer/ale.
I think there is a large market for a product like this. Ginger beer produced in Northern Ireland would also have a strong marketing play, as it is believed to be first brewed in Belfast.
Sam Bruggen, ThinAir (Imperial College London)
Existing ways of obtaining water are not sustainable. They are either too expensive, require huge infrastructure, or simply do have high enough yields. In fact, water scarcity is not an issue just faced by poor countries. Rich developed nations such as Australia and the UAE also struggle with these problems.
We need a solution that can produce water cheaply, in high yields, anywhere on this planet. The air around us contains 13 million billion
ThinAir has designed a solution to take advantage of this untapped resource. By combining biomimicry and principles from materials science, we have created a biomembrane that condenses water at a high efficiency, allowing it to be used in areas of relatively low humidity.