The Royal Academy of Engineering has today welcomed 12 new engineering entrepreneurs into its Enterprise Hub – providing funding and expertise to help them turn their innovations into successful products as part of growing businesses.

The new Enterprise Fellows includes recent graduates and post-doctoral researchers from across the UK who are developing technology ranging from non-invasive heart monitors to hydrogen batteries for clean, off-grid electricity. The Enterprise Fellowships provide a comprehensive support package which includes funding to cover engineers’ salaries, equipment and travel as they develop their products and attract investment to grow their start-ups.

As members of the Enterprise Hub, the Enterprise Fellows will each be matched to a dedicated mentor – a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, with years of engineering and business experience, who can provide expertise on building a successful commercial business from their innovative product. Hub Members also gain access to dedicated training and networking events hosted by the Academy, providing the opportunity to meet with collaborators and investors.

The 2017 Enterprise Fellows are the fourth cohort of engineers to receive the support the Enterprise Hub since it was established in 2013, and the first to make full use of the Academy’s new Taylor Centre – a dedicated home for the Hub with state-of-the-art meeting and networking facilities for Members to meet, train, and share ideas. The new Hub Members will follow in the footsteps of alumni who, between them, have established 45 start-up companies, generated 150 jobs and raised over £30 million in follow-on funding.

Welcoming the new Enterprise Fellows, Ian Shott CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Committee, said:

“These engineers have the ideas, the creativity, the technology and the passion to turn fantastic innovations into successful, global companies. At the Royal Academy of Engineering, we want to make sure these brilliant entrepreneurs receive the support they need to translate their ideas into commercial success through products that can change lives. We’ve heard time and time again that the support of an experienced mentor can make all the difference to an entrepreneur’s journey and so, with the guidance of the Academy’s Fellows, I’m confident we’ll see great things from these new Enterprise Fellows in the years to come. Being a Member of the Enterprise Hub is a privilege reserved for the very best - I congratulate the new Members on their achievement and welcome them all to our Enterprise Hub community.”

The new Enterprise Fellows are:

Graduate Fellowships

Supported by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

  • Guillem Singla Buxarrais, Royal College of Art / Imperial College London / University of Barcelona
    Neurofenix - a novel medical device for accessible and enjoyable post-stroke rehabilitation
  • Victoria Hamilton, University of Strathclyde
    Recoil Knee Pads - reducing knee damage for manual trades professionals
  • George Wright, Royal College of Art / Imperial College London / University of Oxford
    Vochlea – vocally controlled interfaces for music production

Supported by the ERA Foundation

  • Oluwaseyi Sosanya, Royal College of Art / Imperial College London
    Gravity Sketch – an intuitive 3D creation tool

Post-doctoral Fellowships

  • Dr Enass Abo-Hamed, Imperial College London
    H2GO - hydrogen-storage 'plug and play' units for clean & consistent power

  • Dr Felicity de Cogan
    NitroPep - antibacterial steel, killing bacteria on contact

  • Dr Patrick Dodds, Swansea University
    Hexigone Inhibitors Ltd – novel chrome-free inhibiting pigments to replace anticorrosive chemicals in industry

  • Dr Rob Oldfield, University of Salford
    SALSA Sound - the future of live sports audio

  • Dr Phi Phan, University of Oxford
    InspiWave -  a non-invasive cardiopulmonary monitoring technology

  • Dr Paul De Sciscio, University of Cambridge
    Cambridge Cardiology - developing catheter-based treatments for valvular heart disease

  • Dr Katerina Spranger, University College London
    Correct Stent - precise stenting, making vascular surgeries with stent implants more accurate and safe

  • Dr Chris Williamson, University of Cambridge
    Flexypix - switchable window panels with high efficiency

Notes for editors

  1. Enterprise Hub. The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub is a national resource for the UK’s most promising engineering entrepreneurs. The Hub forms part of the Academy’s commitment to stimulate excellence and promote creativity and innovation in engineering. The Hub does this by making awards to exemplars of excellence and innovation in engineering who will be the founders and leaders of tomorrow’s high-tech companies. The awards include provision of money-can’t-buy bespoke support and one-to-one mentoring from its Fellowship, which comprises many of the country’s most successful engineers from across academia and industry, including prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders such as Mike Lynch OBE FREng, Sir Robin Saxby FREng, Anne Glover CBE HonFREng and Ian Shott CBE FREng. The Royal Academy of Engineering opened the Taylor Centre – a physical home for the Enterprise Hub with meeting and networking facilities for its Members – in February 2017.

    The Enterprise Hub

  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

  3. The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 gives fellowships and grants for top level science and industrial research, as well as industrial design.  Some 25 awards are made each year which, together with a number of special grants, approach £2m in value.

    Originally set up to stage the Great Exhibition, the Royal Commission was kept in being to invest the Exhibition's substantial profit.  It first acquired the site in South Kensington on which the three great museums, the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College and other Colleges now stand, and it continues to own and manage the freehold of most of this estate.  When the development of the estate was largely complete, in 1891, the Commission then set up the education and research awards programme which runs to this day.

    Details of the 1851 Royal Commission’s awards are on its website:

For more information, please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering

T: 020 7766 0655
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