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Student entrepreneurs secure £200,000 at Future Worlds Dragons’ Den

Four innovative student startups secured life-changing investments worth a combined £200,000 in a record-breaking Future Worlds Dragons’ Den. The student entrepreneurs pitched in front of four angel investors and a packed audience at the University of Southampton Students’ Union in the Future Worlds showcase on Saturday 12th May. First year Aeronautics...

BBC Click feature Squadguru as AI team finishes in top 1% of Fantasy Premier League

Future Worlds startup Squadguru beat almost six million fantasy managers this season as its artificial intelligence (AI) team finished in the top one percent of the Fantasy Premier League. Co-creator Dr Sarvapali (Gopal) Ramchurn explains the technology and outlines its future development plans in an interview today with BBC Click,...

BBC Click interview Future Worlds startup

Computer vision startup Aura Vision Labs appeared on the BBC’s flagship technology programme, BBC Click, with an on-campus demonstration of their deep learning retail system. Presenter Spencer Kelly spoke to co-founder Daniel Martinho-Corbishley and sampled the technology at the University of Southampton Students’ Union (SUSU) in the episode that aired on...

Meet the Future Worlds Dragons’ Den entrepreneurs

Six determined student startups have been announced for this month’s Future Worlds Dragons’ Den, powered by 10 up-and-coming entrepreneurs studying engineering, medicine, mathematics and computer science. The student entrepreneurs will pitch their fledgling businesses in front of a live audience and four dragon investors on Saturday 12th May as they...

Dragon investors announced for Future Worlds Dragons’ Den

The investor line-up for this spring’s Future Worlds Dragons’ Den has been revealed, with two new highly regarded business tycoons set to make their debut appearance. The four dragon investors will interrogate six student startup finalists on Saturday 12th May at The Cube in Union Southampton. Tickets are still available...

Deep learning entrepreneurs secure £100k seed investment for retail customer tracking technology

Aura Vision Labs, a breakthrough retail technology that generates in-depth consumer behaviour data from existing security systems, is joining the Collider accelerator after completing a £100,000 seed investment deal. The marketing, advertising and technology – or MadTech – startup is progressing from the Future Worlds incubator having developed a deep...

Future Worlds entrepreneur voted ‘Best Young Innovator’ at Venturefest South 2018

Future Worlds entrepreneurs impressed at the Venturefest South 2018 economic showcase, with Route Reports’ Connell McLaughlin scooping the Best Young Innovator award. Investors, entrepreneurs and industry professionals united at Winchester Guildhall on Thursday 1st March to celebrate the region’s innovation economy. Exhibits, networking and pitching opportunities were divided into six...

Physics and Astronomy students star in final of SEPnet Enterprising Ideas Competition

A team of student entrepreneurs from the University of Southampton invented a new tool for monitoring lab equipment as they reached the final of the South East Physics Network’s (SEPnet) Enterprising Ideas Competition. Fourth-year Physics Masters students Sam Eriksen, Michael McDonnell, Jack Lidgley and Stella Harrison teamed up to develop...

Where are they now? – discover Dragons’ Den past student successes

Is there any greater test of an aspiring entrepreneur’s mettle? The hushed crowd waits in anticipation, stage lights stream onto a vast raised platform and several dragon investors wait impatiently to cast a critical eye over the next enterprising idea. Future Worlds Dragons’ Den is the pinnacle of the incubator’s...

Former student entrepreneurs launch first units of dawn simulation alarm clock

Two engineering alumni have launched a crowdfunding campaign for a smart alarm clock they developed during their studies at the University of Southampton. Freddie Temperton and Toby Isaacs are pursuing a £150,000 Kickstarter target over the next four weeks for Rise, a dawn simulation alarm clock that has integrated Bluetooth,...

CES 2018 – highlights from the world’s biggest tech show

The Consumer Electronics Show aimed to ‘Turn up the Whoa!’ in Las Vegas last week and there were plenty of whoa-ments from Future Worlds’ presence in Eureka Park. The University of Southampton was the UK’s only academic institution to exhibit at the world-renowned trade show for a third year running,...

CES 2018 – Day Six – the busy show comes to a close

Every January, months of planning for CES culminates in a show that flies by in an instant. This year was no exception and there were mixed feelings in the morning as we finalised the blog and video with Alex back in Future Worlds HQ. Although short, the final day is...

CES 2018 – Day Five – Kickstarter, Gizmodo and swarming drones

It was another 4.30am start to write the daily blog then breakfast with the team, which saw Jon proudly announce that an article he had written on Aura Vision Labs had been published on computing.co.uk. This is a very popular site so it’s great coverage for Daniel and his co-founder...

CES 2018 – Day Four – power cut sparks surge to the stand

Checking the news as I awoke this morning confirmed that yesterday’s rainfall was the highest on record for the area, ending a dry spell of 116 days, so no surprise it had caused such havoc around the strip. And unbeknown to us all the deluge was going to cause even...

CES 2018 – Day Three – Facebook Live, BBC Click and Dutch royalty

Never in the four years I’ve been to CES have I seen rain fall from the sky as it did this morning. Gazing out of my hotel window and casting my eye up to the strip I could see cars making their way through the deep water and the normally...

CES 2018 – Day Two – new opportunities and familiar faces

An early rise at 5am and I found myself writing the daily blog to the sound of ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits on my iPhone. Mark Knopfler and his band may have found wealth easy to come by but for our entrepreneurs marching towards this goal is a constant...

CES 2018 – Day One – Future Worlds returns to Eureka Park

Excitement and optimism swept through my mind as I once again found myself driving down a cold empty motorway in the direction of Gatwick Airport, ready to meet the rest of the Future Worlds team. For the third year running we were taking a delegation of University of Southampton startups...

Tech on a global stage: how to follow the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 with Future Worlds

Breakthrough technologies are preparing to amaze an expectant global audience at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, the largest event of the annual tech calendar. Dazzling smart city, augmented reality and robotics technologies are among a host of future products descending on Las Vegas to showcase of the greatest innovation...

Attention student entrepreneurs! – meet our Society Partners

Future Worlds is always striving to strengthen the environment of entrepreneurship for students at the University of Southampton. This academic year we’ve taken another great stride in this mission by building our connections with our student community’s excellent entrepreneurial societies. We’re working with new Society Partners that will help identify...

Mentoring on the move – download our new Future Worlds Podcasts

You can now learn from business mentors on the go through new Future Worlds Podcasts. Our podcasts are recorded live at Future Worlds events, allowing you to draw upon the experience of our network of successful entrepreneurs and industry experts at your leisure. The Future Worlds Podcast can be downloaded...

BioFIT 2017 – reflections on an exhilarating event

Exhibiting at BioFIT, Europe’s leading life sciences partnering event, was a fantastic opportunity for the Future Worlds team to promote the innovative medical commercial opportunities being developed by researchers and students at the University of Southampton. It was also a great chance for the team to make new connections with...

BioFIT – Day Two – Renovos pitches in Start-up Slam

After an exciting and successful first day at BioFIT 2017, the Future Worlds team arrived early on Wednesday morning at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès convention centre, ready for another energetic day at Europe’s leading life sciences partnering event in Strasbourg. After filming some footage for the...

BioFIT – Day One – Medical spinouts star in Strasbourg

The Future Worlds team arrived at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès in Strasbourg early on Tuesday morning, poised to exhibit the University of Southampton’s ground-breaking medical innovations to a range of guests and medical companies from around the world at Europe’s leading partnering event, BioFIT 2017. Future Worlds...

University entrepreneurs impress at Future Worlds anniversary event

Startups and spinouts from the University of Southampton pitched to a packed room of investors and industry experts at a special London event yesterday marking two years since the launch of Future Worlds. The 100-strong audience at the Digital Catapult Centre in Euston Road heard how entrepreneurs in the growing...

Tailored for success – my four tips for Young Start-up Talent

Online stylist Jeremy Luzinda scooped £50,000 worth of business support when he won the Young Start-up Talent (YST) Hampshire 2017. As applications open for 2018’s hotly-anticipated contest, he shares his competition’s humble beginnings in Hartley Library and offers advice for future entrants. YST Photos by Jon Rigby.   The secret...

Future Worlds at BioFIT 2017: Exhibiting cutting-edge medical spinouts

Medical spinouts from the University of Southampton’s Future Worlds network will be exhibiting their ground-breaking technologies at the BioFIT partnering event in Strasbourg, France, at the end of November. This will be Future Worlds’ first appearance at a European trade show, offering an exclusive chance for the continent’s industry leaders...

Z21 Innovation Fund to accelerate University Web startups

Funding is being made available for projects at the University of Southampton capitalising on the growing potential of the Web through the new Z21 Innovation Fund. The fund, a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), launched yesterday with an event at the University’s...

Social impact spinout launches crowdfunding campaign

Tech spinout BluPoint is set to scale its globally-minded pop-up intranet solution through investment from a new equity crowdfunding scheme. The business is offering the Future Worlds network private access to the crowdfunding campaign a week before it goes public. The spinout’s innovative technology, which delivers vital information and services...

Future Worlds to showcase university innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018

Startups from the University of Southampton will be exhibiting their innovations from the Future Worlds incubator at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this January. Future Worlds has been the UK’s sole university exhibitor at CES for the past two years as it continues a distinctive journey to...

Southampton social enterprise set for African accelerator

Former student entrepreneur Andreas Ostrovsky Pereira is set to take a large step toward bringing his renewable energy solutions venture to market as he prepares to join a leading accelerator programme in Tanzania. Sagar Energy Solutions, a social enterprise developing solar lamps for night fishing communities in East Africa, was...

Future Worlds’ Aaron Wheeldon shortlisted for Employability Excellence Award

Future Worlds team member Aaron Wheeldon reached the final for business development in this week’s University of Southampton Employability Excellence Awards 2017. The awards, which are hosted by the University’s Careers and Employability Service, celebrate the skills and achievements of students over the past academic year. Aaron succeeded in joining the...

‘An important milestone’ – Future Worlds incubator opens on campus

Startup businesses launching from the University of Southampton are now benefiting from Future Worlds’ dedicated incubator space located on Highfield Campus. The modern office and studio, based in Building 16 on University Road, was officially opened on Thursday 12th October with demonstrations from cutting-edge technologies that are progressing to market...

Future Worlds Medicine launch injects ‘energy and drive’ into university innovations

A growing entrepreneurial culture among medical innovators at the University of Southampton was praised by senior industry leaders at the official launch of the Future Worlds Medicine initiative in London. Five medical entrepreneurs pitched Southampton research and technologies to a packed audience of industry experts, entrepeneurs and investors at The...

A Fresher’s Guide to Future Worlds

You’re here at last – years of exams, numerous UCAS visits and careful applications all culminating in that scary moment when you opened your results. And now, your freedom and independence begins as you start the next phase of your life: welcome to the University of Southampton. Yes, university is...

Student startup boosted by Digital Science innovation grant

A smart academic search tool developed by three students from the University of Southampton is set to receive up to £25,000 from a Catalyst Grant with technology company Digital Science. The funding boost for the Researchably startup, which is currently based in the Future Worlds incubator, is an exciting next...

‘Earning curves’ – Future Worlds’ journey featured in innovation magazine

The inspiration and vision behind the dynamic startup culture that Future Worlds is helping to create at the University of Southampton is described in a special article this month in Pioneer magazine. Future Worlds Director Reuben Wilcock reflects on lessons learned from the incubator’s upward journey in a two-page feature...

Accelerating medical innovations towards global impact – introducing Future Worlds Medicine

University innovators are set to break into the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets through Future Worlds with support from the Medical Research Council (MRC). Future Worlds Medicine will grow a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the medical and healthcare sector, powered by the ecosystem’s unique network of mentors, investors and industry...

Destined for investment? – Meet the entrepreneurs pitching at Dragons’ Den 2017

Six bold student startups are making their final preparations before they go face to face with Future Worlds’ dragon investors at the hotly anticipated Dragons’ Den 2017 event on Saturday 13th May . Future Worlds Mentors Lohan Presencer, Andrew Doe and Josh Valman are all ready to pledge real investment...

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards shortlists social media startup

A rising student startup business that has leapt forward with unique mentoring and opportunities from the Future Worlds network has reached the semi-finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Proofer, a social media management platform co-founded by student entrepreneur Sharif Alvis, has been named in London and the South’s top...

‘Growing a thriving startup culture’ – Future Worlds is runner-up at Guardian University Awards

As the only team shortlisted from the University of Southampton for this year’s Guardian University Awards, it was a real honour to take the trip to the beautiful venue of LSO St Luke’s yesterday evening. The room was buzzing with hopeful nominees from universities right across the UK and we were soon...

Best Blogs – the top 10 exclusive videos, mentors’ tips and inspiring startup stories

We’ve hit a milestone! Future Worlds and its superb entrepreneurial network has reached 100 blogs on the futureworlds.com platform. It’s been an honour to collate the very best features, advice, event videos and announcements in the beating heart of our ecosystem. Some of our entrepreneurs’ startup stories have come a...

Future Worlds shortlisted for Guardian University Award

When Future Worlds launched in December 2015 I remember a tangible energy in the room, a real belief that collectively we could build an authentic and meaningful startup culture at the University of Southampton. A belief that UK Universities were sitting on an incredible untapped opportunity in the form of...

SharkStream and STEM shows – your guide to Science and Engineering Day 2017

Enquiring minds can lose themselves in over 120 hands-on activities, talks, shows and tours across Highfield and Boldrewood campuses this Saturday at the University of Southampton’s 15th Science and Engineering Day. The award-winning event sees the University open its doors for all to explore the world of science, technology, engineering...

#FutureWorlds – the story of CES 2017 in 20 tweets

‘There’s no other event experience like CES’, claims the Consumer Electronics Show’s sales pitch. After this month’s first taste of the international expo, I’m tempted to agree with them. A global audience of over 170,000 people descended on Las Vegas last week to take in more than 2.4 million square...

My CES 2017 memories – messages from the team

Exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show is an exhilarating experience. Seven representatives from the University of Southampton traveled to Las Vegas for this privilege last week and will remember the expo’s highs and lows for a lifetime. Personally, I will always recollect CES 2017 as a week of great intensity....

CES 2017 – Day Eight – reflections on an incredible show

I’m currently sitting in a hotel room just a few hundred meters from the edge of the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I can hardly believe that just 38 hours ago we were packing down the Future Worlds stand and wrapping up another successful year at CES. The last...

CES 2017 – Day Seven – massage chairs and misadventures

Everyone seemed in high spirits as we gathered in Tyler’s room, ready to head to the show for one last time. With the constant activity and all the excitement over the last week, I’ve barely had a moment to reflect on what our little UK team has achieved. But as...

CES 2017 – Day Six – Freddie, Facebook Live and Film Crews

The Minister for Digital and Culture is a difficult act to follow, but by the time we were halfway along the backstreet route to Sands Expo an even more important individual had arrived at our stand – Freddie Temperton! For those of you who read last year’s daily blogs you’ll...

CES 2017 – Day Five – digital minister wowed by Future Worlds tech

Wow. What a day. The government lead that I hinted on in yesterday’s blog not only came off but escalated to monumental levels. Let me start at the beginning: You may remember in my first blog that we happened upon Rory Cellan-Jones at the Virgin Atlantic check-in desks in Gatwick...

CES 2017 – Day Four – Excitement at Eureka Park

I’ve adopted a familiar routine now, which involves waking at 5am each morning. This affords two hours to write the blog before I send it to Jon for the next stage. Alex will have collated photos from the day before and Jon takes the blog, inserts links and photos then...

CES 2017 – Day Three – “Dude, your stand has been pimped!”

An overflowing bowl of Cheerios has been my breakfast of choice in the last few days and this morning was no exception. It’s a welcome sprinkling of normality in a city where most portions are bigger, better and more outrageous than anything you could buy in the UK. Today, Marcos...

CES 2017 – Day Two – SharkStream motion capture stops traffic

Having woken at 2am I was a little envious to discover that the rest of the Future Worlds team had got four more hours under their belt when we gathered for our morning meeting. These thoughts soon dispersed as we assigned tasks that needed to be completed before our first...

CES 2017 – Day One – flying high with the BBC team

A feeling of déjà vu swept through me this morning as I awoke at 2am in my Las Vegas hotel room and realised the chances of getting back to sleep were slim. Why? Because once again I found myself in Sin City for the Consumer Electronics Show with the Future...

Future Worlds turns one – inside our anniversary event

On Tuesday evening, the Future Worlds team packed up the studio and headed to London to celebrate a year since the official launch of Future Worlds. Held at the Digital Catapult Centre in its impressive open-plan glass structure overlooking the historic British Library and St Pancras International, the stage was...

What tech is Future Worlds unveiling at CES 2017?

Future Worlds will be showcasing British innovations as the UK’s only university exhibitor for a second year running at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The incubator returns to the international trade show with exciting new products as it continues its ambitious journey to build a thriving...

Embracing risk and winning a Vice-Chancellor’s Award

There are many teams at the university who work incredibly hard for what they believe in, with little expectation of reward, other than the satisfaction of a job well done. Over the last year it’s been a pleasure to have led such a team at Future Worlds, with everyone working...

Drones, paper planes and flying men – the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

The University of Southampton is home to some of the smartest researchers, academics and students in the world and these individuals are constantly pushing the boundaries of science and technology. However, just as important as the research itself is the constant need to announce and demonstrate our findings to the...

Hackers, Bar-bots and Fire Pong – a glimpse inside the Electromagnetic Field festival

High speed internet and mains power are not amenities you might expect in your tent at most festivals. This is not the case for the Electromagnetic Field, also known as EMF camp, a festival for “those with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things”. These events provide a great opportunity...

Growing an incubator at the Digital Catapult ColLab Festival

Future Worlds sees the creation of an on-campus physical incubator to inspire and drive the development of the University’s startups and spinouts as a key component of its roadmap for the future. And so, any opportunity to bring together the minds in charge of leading incubators represents a great chance to...

Coming Soon – Taking Southampton innovations to the global stage at CES 2017

The Future Worlds team is excited to reveal ambitious plans for this winter that will open up a huge opportunity for our network of entrepreneurs, startups and spinouts to reach a global audience with their ideas. International businesses and investors will discover the University of Southampton’s latest pioneering products once...

Meet the candidates – student hopefuls destined for the Dragons’ Den

The wait is almost over. Six sets of student entrepreneurs are sharpening their pitches and refining their business proposals ahead of a dramatic meeting with Future Worlds’ dragon investors this Saturday. Contestants will have five minutes to outline their enterprises in front of a live audience before an experienced panel...

A new partnership to help grow the UK digital economy

Aspiring entrepreneurs can now benefit from creative opportunities presented in an exciting new partnership we are thrilled to announce this week. Future Worlds is one of the first associates of The Digital Catapult’s Clusters and Communities Programme, a regional initiative focused on driving innovation and accelerating growth across the UK’s...

The Best of Future Worlds – highlights from an exciting first six months

We are now half a year on from the launch of Future Worlds – and what a fantastic six months it has been. Over a dozen startups and spinouts have been filmed for our network and a massive 200+ posts have been published on our platform. We’ve connected passionate business mentors...

CES 2016 finale – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Seven

Future Worlds reached a truly global audience this January as it showcased its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team promoted all of the platform’s startups and spinouts to thousands of visitors at the world-renowned expo alongside two innovative new products being designed in the Future...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Six

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the platform’s startups and spinouts to thousands of visitors at the world-renowned expo alongside two innovative new products being designed in...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Five

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the platform’s startups and spinouts to thousands of visitors at the world-renowned expo alongside two innovative new products being designed in...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Four

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the platform’s startups and spinouts to thousands of visitors at the world-renowned expo alongside two innovative new products being designed in...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Three

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the platform’s startups and spinouts to thousands of visitors at the world-renowned expo alongside two innovative new products being designed in...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Two

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the platform’s startups and spinouts to thousands of visitors at the world-renowned expo alongside two innovative new products being designed in...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day One

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the platform’s startups and spinouts to thousands of visitors at the world-renowned expo alongside two innovative new products being designed in...

We’ve only just begun – the Future Worlds official launch

The Future Worlds launch event was a fantastic example of what makes the vision behind this pioneering platform so powerful. With over 100 invited guests from across the top tier of industry and academia, there was a real energy at the Royal Academy of Engineering on Tuesday night as counterparts...

The experiences and motivations which led to the creation of Future Worlds

I’ve been fortunate over the last 15 years to have enjoyed a unique experience bridging the gap between cutting edge university research and the real world of consumer and industrial products. This journey started in 2001 the day that I began an electronics PhD.  Soon after sitting down at my...

Enter the Dragons: Students stride into Dragons’ Den

A nervous excitement buzzed around the University of Southampton’s Students’ Union this spring as six sets of ambitious student entrepreneurs prepared to pitch their business ideas to real investors. Stacks of enticing cash were sprawled at the feet of four high-profile business guests as one-by-one the contenders stood before the...