Sentimoto co-founder Tasos Papastylianou has been awarded a place on UnLtd’s Fast Growth programme for 2014, along with 32 other enterpreneurs.
From their website: “UnLtd supports individuals who have their ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change. UnLtd is the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK and offers the largest such network in the world […] investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from Awards of funding, to ongoing advice, networking and practical support“.
The Fast Growth programme brings together and supports entrepreneurs who are looking to scale their social venture. Even though it’s still early days, the support we’ve received has been phenomenal, and we’re looking forward to working with UnLtd further, and alongside the other award winners, to take our company to the next level.
Of course, this inevitably brings back fond memories from the not-too-distant past and our adventures with Bethnal Green Ventures, where Sentimoto took its first baby steps as a start-up, alongside 10 other amazing social ventures; here’s a shout-out to all you guys — we hope to make you all proud and grow. Fast!
(PS — Hey! Did you know BGV has a new summer cohort?)
The last few months have seen a flurry of activity as we race full-steam in product development and start organizing the trials that will demonstrate our technology. So the days out haven’t really involved much sunshine, but we have had the luck of attending a number of high-profile and incredibly interesting events around what the UK’s technological landscape will look like in the years to come. Here are two of our favourite!
Lisa was the protagonist of our most recent escapade to a day-long set of talks, canapes, and round-table discussions organised by the Government Office for Science and hosted at our late neighbours’ Nesta. The event (read a more detailed summary here) marked the beginning of the government’s Internet of Things review. After a set of wide-ranging panel discussions from the leading exponents of the UK’s private and public sector focusing on the impact and the future of the Internet of Things, Lisa facilitated a round-table discussion on the future of wearables in medicine. The outcomes of this very interactive day included reflections on privacy and very welcome calls for open standards from a wide range of different industries.
Lisa and Alessandro chairing the round-table discussion on healthcare at the IoT review launch organised by the GCSA and hosted at Nesta
Only a few weeks before, Alessandro was invited to join a panel discussion hosted by Jon Kingsbury at the launch of the Technology Strategy Board’s Digital Economy Programme (more details here). The event was a huge success as the Technology Strategy Board and the newly formed Knowledge Transfer Network outlined their current work and future plans to an audience that knew their impact on the UK’s technological future. The panel discussion that followed the talks and presentations (panelled by KTN’s Jon Kingsbury, Sentimoto’s Alessandro, Emer Coleman of TransportAPI, and Databarta’s Jane Lucy) was a lively one that looked at what startups really needed from TSB and KTN, and having really appreciated the cross-disciplinary exposure we have received at all the events they have organised so far, Sentimoto called for more of that!
(photo by John Cairns)
Sentimoto won first prize at the Wolfson Innovate Pitch Event which was held on April 28 at Wolfson College, Oxford. Our team competed against some amazing pitches and solutions by students at Oxford, including fellow award-winning Oxford team OhmCare – also formed by DPhil students at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering / Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation programme. Overall it was a great event, and we would thoroughly encourage Oxford student entrepreneurs to apply to upcoming challenges.