Top 10 Quick Pitch Winners go for 25k Awards
Ten innovative hi-tech teams have successfully pitched their product ideas to go forward to the final round of the prestigious 25k Awards, part of NISP CONNECT.
Entries range from a hydrogel that pours drugs into wounds and intelligent data gloves for arthritis sufferers, to pollution-eating inks and real-time route planners for in-transit travellers.
Each team will be set the task of producing a business plan and delivering the final big pitch, which be judged by an expert panel. The winner will be announced at the 25k Awards Gala Dinner on September 26.
The competition categories are Bio-Tech, Clean-Tech, Hi-Tech as well as Digital Media and Software.
The teams represent the highest level of innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and excellence in research and development from the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast.
Steve Orr, Director of NISP CONNECT which is based at the NI Science Park, is clear that Northern Ireland has the capacity to become one of the leading Knowledge Economies in Europe by 2030.
“As a central source of support and signposting for entrepreneurs, NISP CONNECT sees the enormous potential for local companies in the wider tech sector to be able to compete in a global market producing high quality, high paid jobs,” he said.
“The excellence in research and development of our universities, coupled with the access to world-class business expertise provided by the NISP CONNECT community, will see real businesses and jobs emerge in the future and for the long term.”
Jenarron Therapeutics Ltd (UU) has developed a novel hydrogel drug delivery product that, when applied to an open wound or laceration, results in painless suturing with improved clinical outcomes and a superior patient experience.
Digitease’s (UU) first product focuses on rheumatoid arthritis care and treatment for the hand through an intelligent wearable data glove system which quantifies finger joint stiffness and range of movement.
ProAx-SiS (QUB) is developing a range of novel diagnostic tests which will enable routine monitoring of patients with chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, either within the clinic or at home.
ADFerTech (QUB) is developing a low-cost, bolt-on device for anaerobic digestion plants whereby nutrients contained within the waste are concentrated and processed to form organic granular fertiliser.
Inkintelligent (QUB) has developed a number of patented inks that change colour rapidly when deposited onto a self-cleaning surface using, say, a marker pen. These are ideal for marketing and quality control of self-cleaning materials.
Digital Media & Software
Columbus (QUB) is a real-time personal travel assistant which provides public transport users with dynamic, up-to-the-minute information about their travel plans using powerful new mathematics and network analysis.
Liopa (QUB) is bringing a novel new mobile biometric speaker verification solution to market which can verify user identity by analysing their viseme profile, a unique biometric characteristic which can help prevent theft and identity fraud.
Xpress LF (QUB) is producing a tyre pressure monitoring system which uses a smartphone as an activation tool in response to European legislative changes requiring all cars to be installed with TPMS.
Eye-See 3D (UU) is a high resolution camera designed to picture the back of the eye in 3-Dimensions in order to deliver cost effective imaging and telemedicine for eye disease.
Nite Rider’s (UU) first product is an accessory which will enable motorcyclists to see further at night, with the aim of reducing the number of individuals killed or seriously injured on our roads.