Brookes students shortlisted for Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Monday, 27 June 2016

Oxford Brookes Business Plan Competition 2016

A group of postgraduate students from Oxford Brookes have been shortlisted for the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards for their project involving heated windscreen technology.

The awards, now in their sixth year, are funded by Santander Universities and aim to support and encourage university students and recent graduates to pursue their business ideas. The competition is open to students and those who have graduated within the past two years from all 81 UK universities partnering with Santander Universities.

On Thursday 30 June those shortlisted will present their ideas to a panel of judges consisting of a blend of successful entrepreneurs, previous winners, and senior members of Santander UK. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on the same day.

When we entered I don't think we thought it possible a team of engineering students could go so far. It shows how high the teaching standard is on the engineering management module at Brookes.

Postgraduate student Peter West, Oxford Brookes University

The Brookes team, Peter West, Gerardo Benhumea, Matteo Moretti, Christopher Mudd and Stuart Burrows, are a group of professional engineers studying mechanical engineering and have been shortlisted in the Idea Stage category under New Technologies and Mobile Applications. Their project, Prevision Glass, involves an innovative heated windscreen that will be supplied to specific automotive new car manufacturers. The design has been developed to provide a superior alternative to current market products both in performance and cost metrics.  

Their project is one of 20 projects from universities across the UK competing in the final for cash prizes ranging from £1,000 for Runner-Up in the Idea Stage category to £15,000 for first prize in the Start-Up category.  

Earlier this year the team were winners in the postgraduate category of the Oxford Brookes University Business Plan Competition 2016, winning £1,000. 

Team leader Peter West, studying for a master’s degree in mechanical engineering said: “The group were all excited when we originally won the Oxford Brookes Business Plan Competition and we are absolutely amazed to have made the national shortlist for the Santander awards. When we entered I don't think we thought it possible a team of engineering students could go so far. It shows how high the teaching standard is on the engineering management module at Brookes.”  

David Hartley is the Commercial and Knowledge Exchange Director in the Research and Business Development Office at Oxford Brookes who have been mentoring the Brookes students in preparation for the Santander awards.  He said: “We are very pleased to see our Brookes students shortlisted for these fantastic Santander awards and wish them the very best of luck. Santander receive hundreds of entries from their partner universities every year, so to be shortlisted is a testament to the quality and innovativeness of their Prevision Glass project, something we recognised earlier this year in our own Business Plan Competition.  

“This competition saw ideas from sustainable food packaging solutions, 3D printing of components for motorsport and a messaging app with emotion, to online competitive video gaming and a new hotel management business. All demonstrate the innovation and entrepreneurialism that the University encourages and enjoys an international reputation for.”  

In addition to the cash prizes, all winners and runners-up will also receive a suite of prizes from digital agency Talent Cupboard, including a free designed, built and hosted mobile and SEO-optimised website.  

More information about the awards can be found on the Santander website.  

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Image: The Prevision Glass group, alongside other finalists and runners-up of the Oxford Brookes Business Plan Competition 2016