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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...

Entrepreneurs, VC investors and strategy: Insights from a healthcare perspective – Annie Jullien Pannelay

Annie Jullien Pannelay’s career and experience span over multiple areas within the financial, pharma and health policy sectors. She is a shareholder in a number of startups that she supports and has previously worked for a venture capital fund. Her current work as an independent advisor focuses on European health...

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...

Entrepreneurial adventures in the medicines of the future – Nick Camp

Future Worlds mentor and University of Southampton graduate Nick Camp is a medicinal chemist with over 20 years drug discovery expertise gained within major pharma and biotech. As a group leader at Eli Lilly he drove the diversification of the UK Chemistry Group and was responsible for the development of future...

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...

Founder Dilemmas – Future Worlds Panel Event

Future Worlds this week hosted an exciting panel event looking at the challenges of founding, growing and selling a startup. The event was an interactive panel discussion with audience members submitting questions via Twitter using the hashtag #AskFutureWorlds. The panel members ranged from new founders to experienced entrepreneurs who have...

Mentor Masterclass – lessons from Silicon Valley with entrepreneur Gordon Clyne

Future Worlds mentor Gordon Clyne has excelled in a creative career that included notable stints with Apple and SanDisk. In last week’s Mentor Masterclass talk, he revealed how he once took a $32,000 order from an international pop star and taught a valuable lesson that we can all learn from Thunderbirds....

How can a startup know when it’s ready for investment?

It’s the million dollar question. You have a great commercial idea and have sculpted a captivating business plan, is it now time to find that generous investor who can make your startup dream a reality? Or do you wait? Should you keep developing your proposition, striving towards those invaluable first...

Mentor Masterclass – building the DNA of a successful business with Jim Wicks

Future Worlds mentor Jim Wicks co-founded biotech company Primerdesign and was a pivotal figure in the development of the world’s first swine flu and bird flu detection kits. In last week’s Mentor Masterclass talk, ‘How to start a company at University, with no money and no experience’, he shared the...

What’s the biggest mistake a startup can make?

No startup journey is going to be perfect. Mistakes are inevitable and all rising businesses must overcome some self-inflicted frustrations on their road to success. The key is to ensure these slip-ups are not fatal. Mistakes can be made through misplaced priorities, ill-advised strategies or an inadequate understanding of markets...

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...

‘Get out of the building’ – understanding your customer with Simon MacKenzie

Future Worlds mentor Simon MacKenzie has built on a background in drug discovery and biotech to launch multiple startups, now with a wider scope towards providing his business development, strategic management and sales expertise to ambitious entrepreneurs. In last week’s Mentor Masterclass session, ‘How well do you really know your...

‘Persistence is key’ – startup tips from NetPay’s Carl Churchill

NetPay Group Managing Director Carl Churchill is a specialist in business structure and sales growth, boasting close to two decades’ experience launching award-winning telecom, ISP and fintech ventures. In last week’s Mentor Masterclass session, ‘Achieving growth from a startup concept to success across the globe’, he covered how to take...

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...

What’s the perfect gift for an entrepreneur this Christmas?

Google has announced that the most searched for gift ideas this Christmas are Call of Duty, Ugg boots and the iPhone X. Let’s face it though, we’re all more likely to receive some toiletries, socks and a chocolate selection box. But what do entrepreneurs really need this Christmas? The great...

Mentor Masterclass – how to build a biotech company with Simon Kerry

Business expert Simon Kerry has built a number of early stage life science companies, including the successful University of Southampton spinout Karus Therapeutics.  In his Mentor Masterclass last week Simon shared his valuable experience of building a biotech company, addressing the challenges faced and how these were tackled. Watch his...

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...

Hitting the sweet spot – lessons from Nectar with co-founder Duncan Stirling

KEM Investments Director Duncan Stirling built on one the nation’s most recognisable brands, Nectar, by devising and marketing a data driven business model. Last week, he advised how to start and grow a startup business in the first Future Worlds Mentor Masterclass of the new semester. Watch his full talk...

The future is now: why it’s time to start your business

The Cube at the University of Southampton Students’ Union was a hub of activity last week for ‘The future is now: teenage millionaires, entrepreneurs and innovators’, a packed Freshers’ Week event that set out why there is never a better time to think about starting a business. Experience the excitement...

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...

Spinout Stories with Ali Tavassoli – ‘From the lab to the clinic, and back again’

Enterprise Champion Professor Ali Tavassoli leads an interdisciplinary team of scientists developing novel chemical tools that will inspire new therapeutics, expanding on a research platform he co-developed in a five-year spell at Penn State University in the USA. This week, he shared his inspirational journey ‘From the lab to the...

Work vs life – is it possible to strike a balance?

An entrepreneur is in control of their own destiny. They can change the world around them and – sometimes – build a personal fortune along the way. Exhilarating, right? What the glossy magazines and glamorous business magnates don’t always say though is that the entrepreneurial lifestyle doesn’t come without sacrifices....

Mentor Masterclass – getting your hands on the cash with Michael Gifford

Indigo& co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Michael Gifford has valuable experience that can help SMEs grow. Last week, he shared his tips to make startups and spinouts investment ready in an instructive addition to Future Worlds’ Mentor Masterclass series. Watch his full talk in the video panel above or read...

Dragons’ Den reflections – follow the student startups’ continuing stories

Check behind the scenes in sunny Southampton this summer, and you’ll find an energetic entrepreneurial culture is quietly on the rise. As some students prepare to sit back and relax over their long summer break, others are hard at work behind the scenes continuing their ambitious startup stories. Among them...

Improving treatment for premature babies – an entrepreneur’s journey ‘from bench to bedside’

Child Health Professor Howard Clark has founded University spinout Trimunocor to combat neonatal chronic lung disease. This week, he discussed his inspirational journey ‘from bench to bedside’ as he approaches clinical trials for his innovative protein fragment. Watch his full talk in the video panel above or read on for...

Mentor Masterclass – Ben Clark’s dos and don’ts to scaleup your startup

Startup specialist Ben Clark’s diverse business experience has helped create a national waste management service, developed ambitious enterprises in Africa and grown a Hampshire and Silicon Valley based software-as-a-service (SaaS) company. Last week, he shared his scaleup tips and stories as he offered a dynamic insight into the excitements and...

Student startups seal the deal at Southampton Dragons’ Den

A smart academic search platform and a Japanese learning app scooped £50,000 of investment as student startup talent was celebrated at Future Worlds’ third annual Southampton Dragons’ Den. Six ambitious startup schemes pitched in front of a large, live audience at The Cube at Union Southampton on Saturday, seeking funding...

Secrets to success – investors’ tips on how to prosper in Dragons’ Den

Future Worlds’ annual entrepreneurial extravaganza returns this weekend with the latest instalment of its growing Dragons’ Den series. The contest offers six aspiring student startups the opportunity to pitch for real investment from four seasoned Future Worlds Mentors in front of a live audience. Student entrepreneurs have raised over £190,000...

Mentor Masterclass – how to succeed with crowdfunding

Crowdfunding expert Chris Buckingham has supported everything from artists to zoos in the UK’s evolving startup ecosystem and recently launched Crowdfunding Readiness Assessment, his latest in a series of books on the topic. Last week, he outlined trusted crowdfunding models and methods for startups in a spring Mentor Masterclass session....

Mentor Masterclass – lessons from the Ministry of Sound Chairman and the ‘ever-changing’ music scene

Ministry of Sound Chairman Lohan Presencer has grown one of the most famous music brands in the world across two decades in a sector that is almost unrecognisable from when he entered it in the early 90s. Last week, he charted his rise from starting as a Southampton Students’ Union Officer...

Mentor Masterclass – What are the common features behind entrepreneurs’ successes and scars?

Electronics expert Steve Braithwaite has consulted for startups and companies on over 50 designs in his role as founder and Chief Technology Officer of ASH Wireless Electronics. Last week he detailed some of the secrets behind entrepreneurial success and the mistakes that lead to lasting business ‘scars’ in an instructive Mentor...

Startup skills: highlights from the sprint

It’s not every day that a group of Business School students get together with their peers from Electronics and Computer Science, to compete for VIP entry to Ministry of Sound. Not often do these students collaborate to create business ideas, monetise and marketise their plans, then hone their pitch, all...

The entrepreneurial recipe – Filippo Massarelli’s five ingredients for startup success

Entrepreneur Filippo Massarelli has been on an exciting journey since he first flirted with the startup scene as an ambitious engineering student in Southampton. Last week, he arrived back in his student city fresh from launching his latest international venture, Nanga Mai, and brought with him an insight into his...

Ready, Shoot, Aim – expert advice from an Apple Director

University of Southampton alumnus Chris Broad has launched the game-changing products of technology giant Apple on several continents over the past two decades and is the company’s current Director of Sales and Contracting in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. He returned to Highfield Campus to outline the entrepreneurial ethos of...

Mentor Masterclass – What are the ingredients to building an $85m business?

University of Southampton alumna Shirin Dehghan founded, expanded and subsequently sold mobile communications business Arieso for $85m. Last week, she returned to Highfield Campus as a speaker and series sponsor to open Future Worlds’ new Mentor Masterclasses. Watch her talk on ‘building an $85m business’ in the video panel above...

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...

From startup to superpower – a Mentor’s inside story on how to get there

Staff and students at the University of Southampton have been receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which was jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, featured some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts....

Ask the Entrepreneur – seven things we learned from our panel of startup supremos

Future Worlds Mentors Mike Payne, Robbie Rice and Brian Luff took to the stage at Union Southampton this week for an honest Q&A session with an audience of future startup founders. The evening, which kicked off a packed schedule in the University’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, explored the whole...

Making innovation happen – charting the rapid rise of a teenage millionaire mentor

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts....

Innovation strategies for demanding markets – special insight from a strategy consultant

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts....

Converting potential into profits – a Mentor’s guide to successful sales strategies

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

Putting the user first – a Fresh approach to user experience design

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

‘Keeping talent is key’ – Mike Payne on startups, SolidWorks and sales secrets

“Why did SolidWorks win when there was a product in the market that was more mature?” entrepreneur Mike Payne asked his audience. “The answer is it didn’t have a single advantage, it had a lot of little advantages.” A crowd of over 30 aspiring business leaders listened on attentively as...

How to succeed with a large corporate buyer – a Mentor’s advice on using risk as a tool

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

Vision and values – a Mentor’s guide to starting, growing and selling successful businesses

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in new a series of engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

Director’s Cut – Student entrepreneurs’ pitches in the Dragons’ Den

Soak up the atmosphere from a gripping ECS Entrepreneurs Dragons’ Den as we reflect on the show’s stories and look forward to the contest’s revival this spring. Over the years, there have been many entrepreneurial activities on campus. There have been talks and competitions, but none have provided a real...

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...

How to pitch to Lord Sugar – an interview with Future Worlds’ in-house entrepreneur

How does a serial entrepreneur prepare for a make or break pitch with a business giant? ECS Entrepreneurs’ Ed and Steph recently caught up with Future Worlds’ co-founder Reuben Wilcock for their fortnightly YouTube show Techbyte. Check out the full interview above and visit youtube.com/c/EcsentrepreneursSoton for more editions of the...

Expert Insight: Raising funds for your new business (part three)

Future Worlds mentor and business expert Mike Lurcock has overseen the financial planning of tech startups and multi-million pound investment funds across an impressive career as a management accountant. He is offering his experience to help establish new business ventures in physical sciences and engineering, and is sharing his trade...

From Southampton to San Francisco: My exciting startup story

Future Worlds mentor Ali Saheli traveled across the Atlantic in his quest to become a successful entrepreneur. The charismatic Electronics and Computer Science alumnus created an innovative startup from a pet project in Canada and grew the business until he decided to switch his focus to future ventures. Ali wants to share his...

Expert insight: Raising funds for your new business (part two)

Future Worlds mentor and business expert Mike Lurcock has overseen the financial planning of tech startups and multi-million pound investment funds across an impressive career as a management accountant. He is offering his experience to help establish new business ventures in physical sciences and engineering, and is sharing his trade...

Expert insight: Raising funds for your new business (part one)

Future Worlds mentor and business expert Mike Lurcock has overseen the financial planning of tech startups and multi-million pound investment funds across an impressive career as a management accountant. He is offering his experience to help establish new business ventures in physical sciences and engineering, and is sharing his trade...

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...