2019/20,  Competitions

Lewis Loane Takes Top Prize at INVENT 2019

Lewis is final Electrical and Electronic Engineering student and approached  Enterprise SU in 2018 seeking support to develop a business idea.  ‘Signal Optimiser’ is an electronic signal device that improves the sound quality of amplified instruments.  
Lewis received one to one advice and support from the Enterprise Advisers in Enterprise SU and then applied for the SU’s ‘What’s the Big Idea‘ Programme where he won ‘Best Business Idea for a Global Marketplace’.  Lewis then progressed to the SU Dragon’s Den competition where he received advice and support and was the overall winner securing £6k to further develop his idea.  As a result of participation on Dragon’s Den, Lewis was accepted onto the QUBIS ‘Lean Launch Market Validation Programme’ which included a funded trip to Nashville to progress his idea.  
With the help of Enterprise SU, Lewis also secured additional support from Techstart and Catalyst Inc. progressing to the final of Invent 2019, where he won the ‘Electronics Category’ and was announced as the overall winner of the competition securing a prize pot of £13.5k.  
5 of the 12 finalists in Invent were Queen’s students, and all 5 have been supported by Enterprise SU over the past 12 months.  While Lewis won the overall competition, Mechanical Engineering student Michael Upham won ‘best pitch’ at the Awards and Architecture student Elizabeth Gilligan won the ‘Best Engineering’ category. “

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