Alumni entrepreneurs bring innovation to global pandemic

Alumni Charlie Baron and Forrest Skerman-Stevenson, Co-Founders of ChargedUp, have been working on CleanedUp – an adaptation of the company’s current phone charging stations – to dispense hand sanitiser in public places.

In just over a week, the ChargedUp team have taken the initial concept for the dispenser to manufacture and the first units are ready for dispatch.

The team have received interest from the NHS, supermarkets and transport providers who are working together to help to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Charlie said: “With the majority of our usual network of pubs, clubs, cafes and shopping centres closing down due to the COVID-19 crisis, we wanted to find a way to use our skills, our resources and our network to help during what is a tough period for everyone. We have a strong creative team, so we put our heads together – virtually, not physically! – and CleanedUp was born. We really hope it can help both workers and customers stay safe now and in the future.”

Charlie graduated with a degree in Management Sciences and Forrest from a degree in Industrial Design in 2016.

Find out more about this innovative idea online.

Please feel free to email Charlie if you have any ideas for locations which would benefit from having a hand sanitising station installed.

Illustration of ChargedUp and CleanedUp