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Santander Universities Entrepreneurship awards semi-finals

Monday, 01 July 2019

Santander semi-finals 2019

Oxford Brookes University student through to the finals of the Santander Universities’ Entrepreneurship Awards.

Two amazing teams represented Oxford Brookes University at the semi-finals of the Santander Universities’ Entrepreneurship Awards on the 27th of June. Both ‘Rent on Trend’ and ‘Oxford Robotics Innovation’ gave a stellar presentation, showcasing some amazing developments to the judges. Both teams impressed with their promise, and we, at Brookes Enterprise Support, are incredibly proud to see the evolution of both teams through their time spent with us this academic year. 

Rent on Trend is an online platform connecting individuals to enable borrowing and lending of high-end fashion items, reducing consumer expenditure and environmental damage by introducing the sharing economy to fashion.


Oxford Robotics Innovation is a venture research start-up, currently developing solutions for immersive content. Their first product is a data glove called “Midas Glove” to be used within virtual and augmented reality.

Competing against the 20 best start-up businesses that UK universities have to offer, Rent on Trend won the people’s choice, making it through to the finals which will be held in October. The fierce competition of the semi-finals was just the beginning, as the finals will see the top businesses competing for the grand prize. With much at stake, the finalists will be preparing their pitches and refining their business plans to showcase at the finals. Additionally, finalists will now be supported by Santander in the run-up to the finals through an amazing accelerator programme. The accelerator aims to help the finalists refine the areas in need of more development, and progress on areas fit for expansion. 

We are incredibly proud of the hard work put in by both teams who are a credit to Brookes Enterprise Support and the University.  Iris and Memet of Rent on Trend have tough competition ahead but through the accelerator they will have the chance to work on their business and develop their personal skills. We wish them all the best and support them immensely in this amazing opportunity.