On 24th May 2018, the Imperial White City Incubator hosted the final pitching event for the Innovators’ Programme (May 2018 edition). The winning pitch was delivered by George Winfield from SpiraSense, which is developing paper-based sensors to monitor respiratory rates in hospital patients.
The company was awarded a £7,000 prize package, comprising a 12-month membership at the Incubator and £5,000 to support the business’s growth.
The evening was the culmination of the four-week mini-accelerator programme that saw the participation of eight exciting early-stage companies. The event showcased the participants’ business ideas and how far they had progressed since joining the Innovators’ Programme in the beginning of May.
In addition to SpiraSense, the judges selected three runners up. These were:
- 2nd place – Rightly, presented by Alexander Arbuthnot and Tom Andrews, who won a 12-month membership at the Incubator and £3,000 to support the business’s growth;
- 3rd place – SP Tracked Safety Jackets, founded by Sasha Pinnock, who won a 6-month virtual membership at the Incubator;
- 4th place – ifPlus, formed by Tassilo Vogel, who won a 3-month virtual membership at the Incubator.
The Programme was delivered at the Imperial White City Incubator, with further support by NatWest. NatWest is an active supporter of the Tech sector and helps businesses from university spinouts to FTSE100 get the 3B’s: get Backing, get Big and get Bought. The banking giant is involved in accelerator schemes across the UK and regularly works with innovation programmes to promote great ideas, partner on fintech, or explore large enterprise problems they can solve together.