Spin-out company SensaGest, from the Computer Science department, has won this year's Winner of Winners competition taking the top prize of £10,000. The event, sponsored by Knowledge West, takes the best business ideas from the University of Bristol, Bath and the West of England.
All three universities run individual business idea competitions to encourage a spirit of enterprise among their students, alumni and staff. Six of the best and brightest ideas from these budding entrepreneurs competed for the top title on 22 November. The six teams' ideas ranged from an efficient, secure alternative to home delivery for online shoppers, to a counselling and information advice information portal for students in the South West. After the entrants had presented their ideas, the judging panel awarded the prize to University of Bristol entrant, SensaGest Ltd. They have a unique state-of-the-art nurse call system that can be operated by people with minimal hand movement. The device will be connected to a small wearable computer which will be programmable to enable easier communication and control over other devices situated near the
Ian Anderson, postgraduate in the department and Managing Director of SensaGest Ltd said, "We are delighted with the prize which will enable us to accelerate the progress of our idea. Clinical trials will start in December at the Midland Centre for Spinal Cord Injuries prior to the launch of the hospital and home products in March."