This year’s Enterprise Awards, held by Loughborough University, are looking for people across the UK to cast their vote on winners of its leading university research projects.
Entrants to the competition include recent graduates of the university and showcase a variety of technological innovations which focus on the ability to have an impact across the globe.
Now in its third year, the Enterprise Awards celebrate the University’s academic engagement with business, public and voluntary organisations to create social, cultural and economic impact through knowledge exchange.
Commenting on the competition, The University’s Pro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise), Professor Steve Rothberg, said: “At Loughborough, we work closely with businesses and other organisations to make sure our research really makes a difference to the economy, to society and to the cultural life of communities in Britain and around the world.
“These awards will recognise research projects – and entrepreneurial graduates – that have been particularly successful in making an impact. We are looking forward to welcoming some of our industrial and public sector partners to the awards night, when the winners will be revealed.’’
Projects included in the competition include a chemical marker for fuel to fight organised crime and international disaster relief and a safe seatbelt for pregnant women. Voters will also be able to cast their eye over innovations related to the 2012 Olympic Games. This includes devices to enhance the performance of the Great Britain Rowing Team.
In the Graduate Enterprise category, seven budding entrepreneurs have been nominated for designs ranging from a unique new skydive helmet to a global sports media website.
Voters can go online to determine who they want to take the leading titles in the competition at www.lboro.ac.uk/enterpriseawards
Voting is open until Monday (April 23). The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Loughborough University on Wednesday, April 25.
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