Loughborough Alumni


12 Mar 2020

Alumni triumph in Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards

Innovative businesses founded by graduates won big at the Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards recently, including the overall champion, Innovator of the Year.

Alumna Kate Walker (Product Design Engineering, 2019) received the University Student Innovator of the Year Award for the business she began during her final year.

Her product, the ExpHand, is a life-changing 3D printed prosthetic arm that can be adjusted, and costs left than £50 to produce. The product is aimed at the developing world, where currently most prosthetics are ill-fitted second-hand devices.

Alex Nash (Product Design Engineering, 2016) was a finalist in the Medical and Health Innovator and Digital Innovation categories. The alumnus has raised over £2 million at Alcuris, with his digital telecare platform Memo.

Alumnus Dr Avi Baruch (Geography, 2019), Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Previsico, accepted awards for Digital Innovation and Technology Innovation, before concluding the evening by being crowned overall champions.

Previsico has launched the world’s first property-level surface water forecasting tool to help reduce devastating losses caused by floods.

The judges said:

“It seemed apt that in the midst of the current levels of unprecedented rain that have affected so many parts of the UK, the award should go to a business set up to help people prepare for flooding.”

Congratulations to Kate, Alex, and Avi on their awards.


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