Loughborough Alumni


10 Oct 2019

Spyras named one of the top entrepreneurial talents by Santander

Alumnus George Winfield (2017) has been awarded £15,000 funding at Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2019.

George’s company Spyras uses sensors to monitor breathing and predict future abnormal high respiratory rates – one of the earliest indications of the development of sepsis.

The alumnus has been identified as a potential business success story of tomorrow, judged as one of the top four students and recent graduates in the awards.

The prestigious university business pitching competition has grown to become established as one of the UK’s largest, and recognition in the awards is highly prized by budding entrepreneurs.

At the event, which hosted students, graduates and colleagues from across the country, Nathan Bostock, Santander UK’s CEO, stressed the importance of supporting entrepreneurial talent. He said:

“We were truly impressed by the commitment, talent and inspiring ideas presented this year. We have a long-term commitment to supporting higher education and we are proud to take an active role in fostering entrepreneurship among university students”.

From over 151 entries from universities across the UK, twelve student and graduate businesses were shortlisted and were asked to pitch their business to a panel of experts.

The businesses shortlisted for the final also took part in an accelerator week, which provided them with a unique educational experience led by a series of innovative businesses and speakers.

Since the Entrepreneurship Awards were first launched, Santander Universities have funded more than £420,000 in support for budding student entrepreneurs as well as giving universities the chance to showcase talent from across the UK. Overall, Santander Universities has provided over £2m of funding each year to support entrepreneurships across its 86 UK university partners.

Congratulations to George on his achievements.

Find out more about Spyras.


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