The Three New Things competition set up by Virgin Media Business and previously spoken about on YHP here.
The competition set out to showcase and discover innovative talent sitting right here in the UK. Virgin Media Business wanted to help support innovation in the UK by offering the winner £25,000 worth of prizes and the opportunity to discuss their business with Richard Branson. The chance to speak to Richard is a great prize on it's own. He is a real pioneer for British business and his contacts and possible backing could be as useful as the £25,000 worth free business telecoms on offer.
Virgin are no strangers to support of the UK entrepreneurial scene with their Virgin Media Pioneers programme making a huge impact on young entrepreneurs across the UK.
March 12th 2014 saw 10 innovative ideas come to the table at the Virgin Media Business’ 2014 annual event with the hope of being one of Virgin Media Business Three New Things for 2014.
The three winners were:
Buffalo Grid - A company providing large solar powered charging units for mobile phones to African entrepreneurs in deprived off the grid areas. Locals can then come and use the local charging units which they wouldn't be able to do at home.
CubeSat - A company looking to make space exploration cheaper by developing a casing for small satellites. The new space resistant material created by CubeSat offers savings of up to 75% on costs and can be 3D printed by another structure that is already in space.
Three Over Seven - A company that creates custom shoes that are a perfect fit for your feet. This is done by using a mobile app that scans the exact dimensions of your feet to craft a pair of shoes, via 3D printing, that provide a perfect fit for your unique feet.
Out of these three, the idea with the most votes was.... (Drumroll) Three Over Seven!
You can see the exact breakdown of votes and the presentations for each of the three winners on the Three New Things website: http://unr.ly/1fVBvhu
Here's a little video to give you a flavour of the event:
This post has been sponsored by Virgin media business, but all thoughts are our own.