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             VARSITY PITCH



             A robotic rehabilitation   in partnership with Tata, saw
             device that provides home   seven budding entrepreneurs
             physiotherapy for stroke   pitch live at Digital Catapult
             victims won this year’s   in London to a panel of expert
             Varsity Pitch Grand Final,   judges from Tata, Swiss Re
             securing £10,000.      Institute, Ignite Accelerator
              Imperial College      and With PR.
             London postgraduates     The competition seeks
             won the prize for their    to find students or recent
             start-up in a national   graduates with the most
             business competition.  innovative, creative and
              Stephanie Hodgson     disruptive businesses. This
             (pictured, far right) and   year’s Varsity Pitch had
             Motus Innovations reached   over 300 applications.  NACUE’s chief executive,
             the final in the ‘digital and   ‘To have our work at    Holly Knower, says: ‘Stephanie   ‘TO HAVE
             technical’ category, sponsored   Motus Innovations   delivered an exceptionally   OUR WORK
             by the Rain Gods, with her   recognised in such a way   articulate and high-quality
             technology, which utilises   is truly humbling,’ says   pitch, clearly demonstrating   AT MOTUS
             robotics, gaming and AI to   Hodgson. ‘We are excited    her passion and knowledge of   INNOVATIONS
             help stroke survivors recover   to bring robotic rehabilitation   the subject. Year on year, we
                                                            see an increase in the number  RECOGNISED
             on their own.          solutions to stroke survivors,
              The Varsity Pitch, run   and winning the Varsity    of young entrepreneurs who   IN SUCH A
             by NACUE (the National   Pitch competition will   are striving to create their    WAY IS TRULY
             Association of College and   definitely help us on    own careers and this year
             University Entrepreneurs)    that mission.’    was no different.’      HUMBLING’




             LAST YEAR’S WINNERS:

             WHERE ARE THEY NOW?



             Last year, Aeropowder won the   rolled off the line: ‘It was a great
             Varsity Pitch competition with   feeling... Suddenly, we had pallets
             its proposal to turn feathers into   of our material to work with, instead
             sustainable insulation. Ryan   of the small laboratory samples we
             Robinson, co-founder, knew that    were used to.’
             the hard work had only just    The company was also featured
             begun: ‘We have learned so   in the Forbes list of ‘30 Under 30
             much in the past year, from the   Europe 2017: Social Entrepreneurs’.
             legal considerations of starting a   Robinson concludes: ‘We are close
             company to understanding how to   to securing our first sales, so I’m
             plan for manufacturing at scale.’   extremely proud of what we have
              Co-founder Elena Dieckmann was   achieved so far and I’m excited for
             present when the first materials   what is to come.’






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