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1 Oct 2019

Alumni need your vote in the annual NACUE pitching contest

Two alumni have entered the NACUE Tata Varsity Pitch Competition, which celebrates high potential, early stage ventures that come directly out of colleges and universities across the UK.

This year’s competition is the tenth in its history and celebrates NACUE’s commitment to “Powering the Enterprising Generation”.

Our alumni are looking for your votes in the “people’s vote” section, to fast-track them to the final of the pitching competition, which takes place in November this year.

The winner of the competition will receive £15,000 funding, a national title and opportunities to gain support from industry experts.

Looking for your votes are:

Peter Astbury, Founder of Astinno Limited

Alumnus Peter, a 2017 BA Industrial Design and Technology graduate, is the designer of “Grace”, a bracelet that automatically fends off menopausal hot flushes before they even begin. Women can wear the bracelet day and night, and the invention could help in solving one of the most common menopausal symptoms for women worldwide. Peter has already been recognised for his invention by AXA.

Kate Walker, Founder of ExpHand Prosthetics

Kate designs prosthetics that grow as the individual grows, inspired by her friend’s daughter who was born without a left arm from the elbow. The MEng Product Design (2019) alumna uses 3D printing to create the prosthetics and has plans for a range of colours, at a cost of just £50 per unit. She has already won multiple business awards for her work.

The people’s vote will close at midday on Friday 4 October 2019. We wish our alumni the best of luck in the competition. 

Find out more.

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