Twelve finalists from the University of London pitched their start-ups to a panel of four judges, with Proof of Impact – founded by City student Riz Nasrullah – taking home the first prize, an £8,000 investment.
Riz wants donors and charities alike to get familiar with blockchain technology, hoping to usher a new era of transparency into the NGO sector.
The judging panel, made up of Renée Elliott, founder of Planet Organic; Simon Calver, head of investments at BGF; David Fisayo, director of Foundervine; and Jess Butcher MBE, co-founder of Tick, questioned the competitors’ start-up plans and aspirations.
The runner-up – and winner of £2,000 – was Shortly, an app that suggests short stories based on how much time you have. Launched by medical student Qasim Munye, the app has tens of thousands of users.
Michael Hayman moderated the evening in front of a full house in the University of London’s Beveridge Hall. Guests also cast votes for their favourite pitch of the evening, with London’s first umbrella rental service, Lonbrella, taking home the ‘crowd pleaser’ award and winning a private lunch with BGF Investments.
Dr. Bob Gilworth, Director of the Careers Group, University of London, closed the session with tributes to the talent of our students and graduates and thanks to the many people who have given time to support them through the GradVenture experience.
Prior to the final, the GradVenture series of events also included “VentureHack” a training and development day, hosted by Queen Mary, University of London and a competition Semi-Final, hosted by UCL.