Sheffield Hallam: Innovative entrepreneurs celebrated
The annual Hallam Enterprise Awards is the flagship start-up competition event at Sheffield Hallam University, supported with start-up funding from Santander Bank. Since 2020 the awards have been hosted online but at the end of 2021 the Enterprise Team honoured both the 2020 and 2021 finalists at an in-person networking event (see above). Damien Mullany, deputy relationship manager at Santander Universities UK said: “We are delighted to support student and graduate start-ups at Sheffield Hallam. The start-up support offered to students and graduates at Sheffield Hallam, which includes the HEA, is vital to encourage them to make their business dreams a reality.”
LSBU alumnus appears on Dragons’ Den!
Aaron Branch, a Music and Sonic Media graduate from London South Bank University (LSBU) recently appeared on Dragons’ Den with fellow tech entrepreneur, Zak Lloyd, to pitch their business. Delivrme is an app that allows you to get anything and everything – from medicines to iPads – delivered straight to your door. Whilst they didn’t get any investment, they did receive positive feedback and have since raised over £700,000 and counting via crowdfunding. This isn’t Aaron’s only entrepreneurial venture; in 2017/18, LSBU’s Student Enterprise team supported him to grow Social Agendas, a digital marketing agency. Read more here.
UCL: Quantum machine learning startup joins US biotech firm
UCL startup Rahko has been acquired by biotechnology company Odyssey Therapeutics to help develop new drugs for patients with cancer and inflammatory diseases. Rahko’s technology will help Odyssey Therapeutics establish the next generation of oncology drugs and immunomodulators (drugs that can support the immune system in its response to the medicine). It’ll also enable them to find drugs for patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Read more here.