Virgin announces Three New Things winners
In the packed London Film Museum last night, Virgin Media Business and Contagious announced Three New Things - the winners of our competition to find cutting edge digital innovations in the UK that have the potential to change how we live and work for the better.
The Three New Things, who each win support including a tailored mentoring programme from Virgin, a meeting with Sir Richard Branson and telecoms support from Virgin Media Business, are:
3 Over 7: A shoe company bringing custom-fit footwear to the masses, thanks to 3D printed soles.
Buffalo Grid: Solar charging units that support African entrepreneurs and provide power for mobile phones for people living off-grid.
Cubesat: 3D-printed satellite housings that are far cheaper and lighter than competitors, providing universities and developing countries with the ability to experiment in space.
On the night, 3 Over 7 won the audience vote. Judge Emily Memarzia praised the 'real mixture of ideas coming through, some from pioneering innovators, others from people with a strong business plan, but what held it all together was that they all have a very clear vision.'
With more than a hundred entries, the competition's judges, including Dr Ling Ge, technology journalist Monty Munford, Technology Strategy Board's Emily Memarzia and Ella Weston, director of WPP's Stream conference whittled down a shortlist of ten companies, ideas and startups to just three, who presented on the night to a packed hall of innovators and Virgin Media Business clients.
Peter Kelly, managing director of Virgin Media Business, explained that he hoped the competition would 'demonstrate to the marketplace that Virgin Media Business is much more than a creativity company. We're partnering with small innovative companies that have a great business idea that they need to grow.'
Congratulations from Contagious to the Three New Things, we look forward to seeing how they continue to grow and innovate with Virgin Media Business' support.