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We’re over the moon to announce that 3 CRL affiliated startups have got through to the final round of Santander Universities’ entrepreneurship competition.

Wase – a startup focused on developing decentralised sanitation and energy technology solutions, who recently started renting one of our studios – were awarded the top prize in the ‘tech’ category. We’re pleased that the company, incepted at Brunel University, have now chosen to base themselves at CRL, and we value them being a part of the community. Brunel student Rehana Al-Soltane of BrightSign was awarded the audience choice award; BrightSign founder Hadeel Ayoub was part of CRL’s last Accelerator programme, and we continue to offer her product development support. Finally, the wonderful Chip[s] Board – a startup that have developed an MDF-like material out of potato waste, who are currently taking part in the Accelerator – were awarded the number one spot in the ‘non-tech’ category. We’re very proud of BrightSign and Chip[s] Board, given their involvement in our programme. It’s been a joy to watch how their products have grown and their businesses strengthen. 

The Chip[s] Board Team

The WASE Team

The event marked Santander Universities’ 8th annual entrepreneurship competition, with 20 young startups contending for the top prize in two categories: tech and non-tech, as well as the ‘audience choice’ award. They’ll all now be going through to the final stage of the competition, where the respective categories will each be made up of three startups, with two 25k cash prizes up for grabs. We wait with baited breath and crossed fingers to find out how the three startups do in the final!

For more information on our Accelerator programme see here. The deadline for applications is midnight 29 July.