Meet NACUE’s Varsity Pitch Finalists for 2016

This week our judges selected one finalist from each of the six Varsity Pitch categories. Tuesday saw thirty companies pitch their businesses to panels of judges, each covering their Innovation, their Market Opportunity and their Financial Viability – the criteria they will continue to be judged against in the finals. 

We are excited to announce our finalists for each category, including this year’s People’s Vote winner. We very much look forward to seeing how they develop over the next few weeks, ready to pitch for the £10,000 prize on the 15th November. 

Digital and Technical

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Rjam App

RJam App

RJam is a start-up company based in London (UK) and Minneapolis (USA) founded by Audio Producer Lister Rossel and Graphic Designer Tianrui Zhang. RJam is an App that allows users to create collaborative music through video multi-tracks in simple steps. Also, RJam works as a social platform, where users are able to meet new musical peers by creating open sessions. The vision of RJam is to become a new space to generate musical content.

Creative and Design

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Double Dutch

Double Dutch

Double Dutch is the first mixer focusing on the growing innovation of its accompanying sprits by offering more innovative and exciting flavour combinations such as Watermelon & Cucumber and Pomegranate & Basil. Sir Richard Branson has recognised the power of Double Dutch by giving the brand the 2015 Foodpreneur Award for Britain's most innovative and disruptive F&B brand. Double Dutch recipes are inspired by flavour pairing techniques, which offers a technique to find the aroma components that specific spirits have in common with certain ingredients.

Ideas

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Bui Smoothies

Bui Smoothies

We make smoothies using Baobab mixed with other fruits. Baobab is a super fruit which grows mainly in Africa. Our smoothies are 100% natural, no added sugar or preservatives. From our knowledge we are the first company to make smoothies using baobab as a base.

Genuine Innovation

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Unique Insights

Unique Insights

Unique Insights identify and prevent students likely to drop out of university. Through complex algorithms Unique Insights can identify students most likely to drop out and what support they need in order to maximise their chances of success. Every time a student drops out within the first year, it costs universities nearly £30k in lost tuition fees making this a £1 billion problem annually.

Social Impact

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AEROPOWDER

AEROPOWDER

At AEROPOWDER, we are aiming to develop sustainable functional materials from feathers. As our society continues to grow, we are placing an increasing strain on the environment through the creation and disposal of materials and products we use ever day. In a similar manner, a growing global population also faces other pressures, namely the impacts of providing food to billions of individuals. Although we consume 134 million birds a day across the world, we often forget that feathers removed from chickens are a significant waste disposal issue. We believe that by reusing feathers, not only can we ensure that a waste resource is used intelligently, but also that we can create materials that will be harness the natural properties of feathers to create environmentally friendly high performance materials.

Disruptive Business

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OneTest

OneTest

OneTest is developing a novel method of tracking response to therapy for a wide range of cancers. Despite recent advances in cancer therapy, the most widely prescribed treatments are still incredibly toxic. We monitor tumour DNA in a patient's blood and allows clinicians to longitudinally monitor treatment response in near real-time, allowing rapid decision making on choice of therapy.

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TakeMeOut

TakeMeOut

TakeMeOut is an app which makes eating out easy! Find out about new restaurants and their unique discounts tailored to your location, interests and budget! For small restaurants, TakeMeOut is the best way to attract new customers during the slow working hours by sending instant and flash promotions directly into their smartphones. Invite your friends, enjoy delicious food, rate and review, earn points and redeem free meals!











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