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A spark of ideas: the Enterprise Society Awards 2018

H24E Innova’s ground-breaking technology combined with a compelling business plan impressed the judges at last week’s Award Grand Finale, giving it the edge to win the £1,250 prize.

The team has developed a novel power generating system that combines ultra-short pulse laser technology together with a hydrogen based fuel cell to generate on-demand clean electricity, resolving both the economic and safety issues of conventional hydrogen fuel cells.

Hughes Hall Enterprise Society President Tommaso Busolo commented: ‘Congratulations to the H24E Innova team; Patara Panuparb (Hughes Hall, MBA), Tadashi Kubo (Darwin College, MBA) and Dr. Kazuyuki Hirao (Kyoto University). A big thank you to our other finalists, Athenian Initiative (‘fintech for the masses’) and Fether (‘the group travel app’) for their presentations, keep up the good work!’

Now in its fourth year, the Enterprise Society Awards has provided a platform for start-up teams that include a Hughesian, to pitch their ideas, present their progress and receive feedback from the audience and judges.

Since winning last year’s prize, OpFix have pushed towards developing a working prototype to realise their goal: cheap glaucoma testing with the use of a smartphone and basic VR. The money has also helped OpFix find a product development team with the necessary expertise to support their business. The team is hoping to have a product to roll-out as a social enterprise soon.


HHES Award finalists with HHES President and Chairman

Left: Team members from H24E Innova, Athenian Initiative and Fether with HHES President Tommaso Busolo and HHES Chairman Rupert Pearce Gould.
Right: Attendees listening to the presentation