10 finalists pitch to guest judges for a share of £25,000
The final of the Oxford Foundry's flagship All-Innovate competition takes place this Thursday 6 August!
10 finalist teams will pitch to guest judges Jim Wilkinson, CFO of OSI, Aneeqa Khan, Founder & CEO at eporta, Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, and Mohamed Amersi, Chairman of The Amersi Foundation.
£10,000 will be awarded for best overall idea, £5,000 for best undergraduate idea, £5,000 for best postgraduate idea, and £5,000 for best venture from a Prince’s Trust team. The finalists are:
Neurolytic Healthcare from Brasenose College: "With 900 Million sufferers worldwide, migraines are the fifth most common cause of disability characterised by tremendous headaches and nausea which renders sufferers completely unable to follow their daily tasks. The problem is that there are over 30 medications to choose from, but for two thirds of patients the prescribed drug does not work, which leads to an exhausting trial and error process. With the backing of Illumina Inc., the UK government and a US investor, we are building the first ever prescription optimisation platform combining genomic data with digital biomarkers to determine the optimal treatment right away."
VitaGUM from Wolfson College: "VitaGUM is a multivitamin-infused chewing gum that combats malnutrition and poor oral healthcare in refugee populations. Refugees mainly live off food packs that are calorie-rich that aim to reduce hunger but are severely lacking in essential vitamins such as vitamin C and iron. This leads to a high percentage of vitamin deficiencies and diseases, including anaemia, amongst refugees, and this is exacerbated by their poor oral health which makes eating painful. VitaGUM is an innovative solution which delivers both nutrition and oral healthcare to refugees, with its vitamin formula tailored specifically to the diet of refugees and antimicrobial properties for cleaning teeth."
CuraCode from Wadham College: "We have discovered a secure way to identify counterfeit products. We do this by printing a hidden code onto an authentication label that is placed onto the product. Unlike existing labels, ours is impossible to copy. You can see the label, but not the code, which is made up of tiny dots that can be read using the camera on your smartphone. This way, consumers can tell if their medicines or banknotes are genuine, and producers can ensure their supply chains are secure."
Seed AI from Hertford College: "We want to reduce waste from the fashion industry with an easy to use web app. Seed is a browser extension that acts as a shopping assistant and suggests sustainable or second-hand versions of whatever you are shopping for online. It does this through several different types of Artificial Intelligence which analyse the images of the clothes you are looking at, and the descriptions of them, and uses this information to match your intended purchase with similar items from secondhand and sustainable sources."
Sleep Map from Trinity College: "Sleep Map uses smart technology in your home to help you sleep longer and better. Over time we learn what the perfect set-up is for you by tracking how well you sleep and making small adjustments to things like your lights and temperature. We also check your calendar so that we can automatically adjust to your schedule, making it as easy as possible for you to get great sleep. Our aim is to stop everybody feeling so tired!"
MyScroll from Jesus College: "Do you waste a lot of time on your phone? This app makes scrolling a productive use of time, to get the most out of uni. At university there are loads of things to do. The trouble is, no one knows what's on! Our app acts as a platform for you to find out about all the cool events and student-made activities. It would include all relevant details of the societies/clubs and events in your University town allowing you to personalise what you see. You can also follow your co-students and have access to the content they have uploaded."
Cibus Health from Magdalen College: "Parents can feel overwhelming anxiety when feeding their newborns for the first time, given the lack of control they face when they cannot communicate with their baby. We are developing a smart bottle that gives parents real-time feedback about infant physiology during feeding, linked to cues of hunger and satiety. Our solution gives parents control and manages their anxiety around misinterpreting their baby’s cues. In turn, this enables infants to develop healthy eating behaviours, that are crucial to their brain development, giving them the resilience they need to start healthy eating habits."
Genei - Learn Smart from Trinity College: "Artificial Intelligence to reduce the time taken to research and produce written work. Our mission is to remove time as the limiting factor for learning. Our method: Reduce Research, reading, and note-taking time. Means: Research grade AI and an end-to-end learning platform and chrome extension."
Finding Roots from The Prince's Trust: "Finding Roots delivers beautifully planted containers to your door every season. No mess, no hassle, just your very own instant garden filled with seasonal plants, flowers and nature for you to learn about, admire, and enjoy all from the comfort of your home. Finding Roots is a container garden subscription for balconies. With personalised choices including container colour and plant theme, Finding Roots will deliver to your door every season. Installation couldn’t be easier, simply wheel your container to your balcony, pop in the ready-planted insert, fill up the water reservoir and watch the plants bloom before your eyes.”
Mini Mealtimes from The Prince's Trust: "Mini Mealtimes is an app that helps parents track the food their child eats. The app then gives parents nutrition reports, recipe ideas and helpful articles so they can be sure their child is happy and healthy. This is the first app that allows them to do this. "
A fantastic 150 teams from across 30 Oxford colleges entered, and were selected as follows:
- Quarter-final bootcamp: From the 150 entries, 60 quarter-finalists were selected to participate in a bootcamp at the Oxford Foundry on 4 March 2020. They received mentorship from entrepreneurial experts from a range of organisations including Entrepreneur First, Anthemis, The Bakery, BCG digital ventures, Downing Ventures, Amazon Web Services and some of our own L.E.V8 accelerator entrepreneurs and alumni.
- Semi-final pitch: 30 teams made it through to the semi-finals to pitch to guest judges, Kal Patel, ex CEO of Best Buy Asia, Christer Holloman, Co-founder and CEO of Divido, Nicole Cowell de Gruchy, Global Social Director of Crabtree & Evelyn, Mikesh Udani, Founder and CEO of Albus Health, Kathy Harvey, Associate Dean, MBA and Executive Degrees and Tong Gu, Investment lead, Accelerated Digital Ventures. The 10 finalists were selected based on the potential of their idea, how they evolved their pitch based on feedback, and the skills and strength of the team.
- The Prince's Trust partnership: An idea generation and design thinking workshop was held in London for 25 people led by Oxford Foundry facilitators Yo Percale and Rudi Sellers through a new partnership between the Oxford Foundry and The Prince’s Trust. Eight teams joined the bootcamp and two finalist teams were selected.
Thank you to OSI for supporting the competition, to everyone who entered and who supported as a mentor or facilitator. Good luck to all the finalists! A recording of the final will be made available on the Oxford Foundry's Youtube channel after the event.