Loughborough University triumphs at LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards

Loughborough University’s research and innovation activities enjoyed outstanding success at the LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards, receiving nine awards including seven of the ten categories, as well as the overall Innovator of the Year and a Special Recognition Award.

The winners represent impactful research, academic spinouts, graduate start-ups and technology businesses launched on campus, all delivering innovative new technologies and solutions to major challenges. 

Of the nine awards, three were awarded to alumni organisations who are all based on LUSEP, the University’s Science and Enterprise Park – they are:

Innovation in Education

Tanzii TV
Alumni brothers Ottavio and Dario Tanzillo (both Sociology BSc, 2020) established Tanzii TV to inspire and encourage children to stay active, as well as to help boosting activity levels and wellbeing by connecting with communities. To date the qualified coaches have engaged over 630,000 children and young people and are based in LU Inc. the University’s incubator on LUSEP.

University Student Innovation

ACT Medical
Alumnus Joseph Bentley (Product Design and Technology BSc, 2021) founded ACT Medical in LU Inc. to accelerate the development of a device to reduce catastrophic blood loss from a knife wound. The device has already received significant recognition for its potential, most recently receiving the International James Dyson Medical Award.

Innovation in Health and Wellbeing

INCUS Performance
Wearable sports technology start-up INCUS exploits cross-cutting research in sports science, engineering, and AI to empower everyday athletes to understand their technique and performance and to tell their sports stories. Founded by alumnus Chris Ruddock (Product Design Engineering MEng, 2016), INCUS employs 20 people, including several University graduates.

The People Deal were heavily commended in the Innovation in Education award. The company is the organisational development consultancy behind the Fairness First Framework™, a nationally unique research-evidenced framework that provides assessment tools and learning solutions for advancing fairness in the workplace. The company was founded by alumnus Louise Lennon (Business Psychology MSc, 2019) and is based in LU Inc.

Professor Claudia Eberlein, Loughborough University’s Enterprise lead and Dean of Science, commented: “It has been an incredible experience and a great honour for me to attend the LeicestershireLive Innovation Award ceremony on behalf of Loughborough University.  This was an evening of celebrating outstanding success of research and innovation at the University. I am delighted that so many of the awards recognised achievements from across the University’s extensive innovation and research portfolio. Ambitious research and significant innovation as well as a rich eco-system for their cross-fertilisation and continued growth are part of our core objectives.”

A list of all the Loughborough University affilitated winners can be found here