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The UCL Bright Ideas Awards – established in 2008 to help new companies take their first steps into the market – offer a total of £50,000 in business loans to UCL student entrepreneurs.
PhD student Jake Fairnie and Dr Anna Remington (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) have developed a website where users can work together to summarise research papers. MiniManuscript, described as the Wikipedia for academic literature, won the UCL Bright Ideas Award in 2012 together with a Shell Livewire Grand Ideas Award. The duo hope that MiniManuscript will be a huge timesaver for researchers, providing a much-needed tool in the world of academic research. “It’s like watching trailers for movies before you watch them,” explains Jake, “it doesn’t replace the full feature but it means you only go to see the ones you really want to watch.”
Greenseed is a new app that aims to revolutionise gardening. The brainchild of self-proclaimed ‘green warriors’ Naomi Poyser (Classics BA, 2016) and Arindra Das (ICT Innovation MSc, 2015), Greenseed aims to connect local gardeners with each other in order to make gardening thrive like never before. Currently available as an app and already being used by gardeners around London, Greenseed is one of several environmental start-ups to emerge from UCL’s student body.
In late 2014, Naomi and Arinda met each other at a Hackathon, where they had to create an app in a weekend. Their mutual passion for sustainability and the environment led them to develop Greenseed. Shortly after this, they were joint runners-up in the UCL Entrepreneurs’ Challenge and, after approaching one of UCL’s Student Business Advisors for support and advice, went on to win a UCL Bright Ideas Award in 2015.
In the past year, Greenseed has been part of the Trans-IP pre-accelerator, won a scholarship at the Impact Hub Westminster, and reached the final of the European EIT Digital Idea Challenge, as well as the Mayor of London’s low carbon entrepreneur competition. The future looks very bright for Greenseed, as they build their user base and get people excited about their revolutionary new approach to urban gardening. "Greenseed gives people the connections, support and motivation to get the most from their gardening experience,” says Naomi, “whether they’re growing plants on their windowsill, or have an allotment plot, garden, or greenhouse."