UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


BEng student Yasmine Abdu Wins Top Prize at London Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition

10 May 2024

On 8th May 2024, CarbonTrac, a startup founded by Chemical Engineering final year BEng student Yasmine Abdu, clinched the Technology award at the London Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition held at City Hall.

Yasmine Abdu, founder of Carbon Trac and Ryan Kohn, co-founder of Proper Corn, a judge in the competition

The Mayor of London’s Entrepreneur Competition is open to London students and recent graduates who’ve set up businesses or have an idea for one. The annual competition awards funding, in particular, to support new ideas designed to make London cleaner, greener, and ready for the future.

The tech startup, CarbonTrac, founded by final year Chemical Engineering BEng student Yasmine Abdu and supported by UCL Innovation & Enterprise, secured £20,000 in funding from the competition along with mentoring to aid in bringing their product to market. The startup aims to promote a more sustainable future by helping consumers make sustainable choices while grocery shopping.

Yasmine expressed her gratitude, stating, “Winning the tech award in the London mayor's Entrepreneur Competition this year is an incredible honour. It not only validates the hard work and innovation that I put into the project but also provides me with new opportunities and connections to grow CarbonTrac.”

She continued, “I look forward to building the final product, expanding our data resources, and launching in our first supermarket chain. I’m extremely grateful to the team at UCL Innovation & Enterprise for their pitch training workshops, advice, and support throughout. Being part of the UCL Hatchery incubator program at BaseKX has transformed CarbonTrac from an idea into a business and I highly recommend the program to anyone with a vision. I’m excited to build on this achievement and help cut UK emissions, one supermarket chain at a time.”

The UCL Department of Chemical Engineering would like to congratulate Yasmine on this fantastic achievement.


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Yasmine Abdu