Loughborough Alumni


12 Jan 2021

Alumni-founded tech start-ups receive coveted national Young Innovators Awards

Two of this year’s Young Innovator Award winners, announced by Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust, are high potential tech start-ups founded by Loughborough alumni.

Kate Walker, Ryan Scollan and Jamie Kiff will receive a £5,000 grant, one-on-one business coaching and an allowance to cover living costs for the businesses they began with support from Loughborough Enterprise Network.

Kate Walker, who graduated from Loughborough in 2019 with a degree in Product Design Engineering in 2019, is the creator of ExpHand, a 3D printed prosthetic developed for children 3-10 years old. The prosthetic is adjustable and can grow with a child, giving it a much longer lifespan than other prosthetic products. Kate, who launched her business through the Studio, the University’s graduate start-up programme based in LU Inc., the Incubator on LUSEP.

Ryan Scollan and Jamie Kiff, who both graduated from Loughborough in 2018 with degrees in Sport and Exercise Science, have launched Optimal, an athlete monitoring platform that aims to tackle the physical and mental health crisis in esports and create healthier, happier, and more successful gamers. Last December, Jason Cowman, Head of Athletic Development for IRFU, joined GScience as a scientific advisor.

The Young Innovators Awards recognise young people from across the UK with great business ideas who have the potential to become successful entrepreneurs and future leaders in innovation.

Amanda Solloway, Science Minister, said:

“While the past year has brought significant challenges for us all, it has also shone a light on the best of British ingenuity, with young people across the country harnessing their entrepreneurial spirit to help the UK respond to these challenges … the inspiring business ideas we are backing today will help to unleash our next generation of innovators as we build back better from the pandemic.”

Find out more about this years’ Young Innovators.

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