Enterprise support

Brookes Entrepreneur scoops £2,500 investment at Catalyst Demo Day

Tuesday, 05 November 2019


The Catalyst Demo Day pitch and showcase event took place at the Museum of Brands in London recently and featured nine innovative start-up businesses from within Oxford Brookes University.

The event was the culmination of the intensive eight-week Summer Accelerator Programme, Catalyst, and newly-made entrepreneur, Nathan Bradley walked away with a clear £2,500 investment for his start up coffee company, COGG.

The COGG product is a coffee maker that allows consumers to have the ease of using instant coffee, but with the quality of filter coffee. Commented Nathan: “I can’t believe we’ve won, I'm really happy with the result - £2,500 is going to be absolutely game-changing for us. We’ll be using the money to help attract further investment, launch our product and prepare for a crowdfunding campaign which we are planning as we speak.”  

Nathan describes the run up to Catalyst Demo Day, as the start of something extraordinary. "It was an amazing opportunity to learn about starting and running a business – and it paid off. The judges were impressed with our pitch, which made us feel confident in our research. We can't wait to use the funding to help us carry out our vision of ‘your coffee – anytime’.”

The Catalyst programme and the associated Demo Day event is part of the comprehensive Brookes Enterprise Support programme, which hosts and creates a range of events throughout the year. The Demo Day event featured the most innovative businesses to come out of Oxford Brookes University this year and helped consolidate and showcase the skills learnt on the Catalyst Accelerator Programme. 

Commented Brookes Enterprise Support Manager, Lydiah Igweh, “2019 was our first ever summer start-up accelerator and we supported 17 pre and early stage start-ups. The transformation of these fledgling ideas into potentially scalable businesses has been incredible and we are delighted for Nathan and the COGG team, and proud of all the participants for their commitment, enthusiasm and remarkable resilience throughout the programme.”

Catalyst is for students, graduates and staff start-ups with business ideas that they are looking to expand. It’s an intensive programme of taught content featuring experts brought in from across the business community. The programme gives participants a chance to work determinedly on their ideas, following a purposeful business curriculum. Individuals receive valuable mentorship and advice through a network of University staff, seasoned entrepreneurs and technology experts.

The Catalyst Marketplace at Demo Day also gives a chance for further networking and an audience of invited guests, VIPs, angel investors and venture capitalists talked to Oxford Brookes entrepreneurs to discover more about their businesses.

Continued Lydiah Igweh, “Brookes Enterprise Support proudly and passionately empowers students, graduates and staff to discover, develop and celebrate their entrepreneurship skills and potential. We are incredibly grateful to Santander Universities for their continued support and sponsorship of our entrepreneurial community.”

Oxford Brookes University uses enterprise skills as a catalyst for success, inspiring individuals within its community to realise their full potential, develop leadership attributes, expand their opportunities and boost their confidence. The programme aligns with the guiding principles of Oxford Brookes University, including both Enterprising Creativity and Generosity of Spirit, as the programme encourages people to explore social issues, discover the causes they are passionate about and start working on solutions.

For details of the event and participating ventures, read the programme or watch our video!