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Student Venture Challenge 2015

The 2015 Student Venture Challenge will take place during February and March. Keep checking back for more details.

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Student Venture Challenge 2014 finalists  

Student Venture Challenge 

The finalists from Student Venture Challenge 2014

Student Venture Challenge 2014: Results

For the first time in the history of Student Venture Challenge, the top three prize-winning business ideas were all based on the development of a physical product.

The challenge, run by the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, asked teams of students to pitch their business ideas to an external panel of judges. Winners received cash awards totalling £20,000 to take their business ideas to the next level courtesy of Santander, HGI and the University's Careers Service.

First Prize

First prize went to Product Design and Manufacture student Tom Parker with his business Motor Reflex and his proposal for the eSteady GoPro camera rig. This device enables anyone to create high quality footage across a variety of applications by automatically stabilising the position of the camera in 3 axes. It can be used to improve the quality of handheld filming or mounted to a moving platform.

Tom Parker and his winning SVC design
Tom Parker with his winning design 


Second Prize

Sko-Espial, the brainchild of Economics student Oliver English and Business School student Myles McCarthy took second prize with their idea to enable customisation of designs on sporting equipment using e-ink technology. You can follow their progress on Twitter.

Sko-Espial - second place in Student Venture Challenge 2014
Oliver English and Myles McCarthy placed second in SVC 2014 


Third Prize

Third prize was awarded to The Freefall Camera team made up of engineering students and skydiving enthusiasts David Alatorre, Tom Dryden, Tom Shorten and Peter Storey. Their robot freefall camera is already in testing phase and the team feature in a number of videos created by the University's Nottingham Science YouTube channel

The Freefall camera team and their first prototype
The Freefall camera team with their prototype robot

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