Entrepreneurs win place on innovative accelerator programme

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Eleven potential new East Midlands businesses are a step closer to becoming reality after being chosen to join the first VentureVersity Commercial Accelerator.

VentureVersity is an initiative aimed at accelerating pathways for the development of university-generated intellectual property (IP) and ideas across the University of Leicester, Loughborough University, and De Montfort University. The programme has been funded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, with a £330k grant.

The eleven VentureVersity finalists will have access to seed investment and will benefit from a five-month intensive accelerator programme led by entrepreneur and coach Denis Oakley and Leicester Start-Ups to help them develop their business idea.

The first successful VentureVersity Accelerator projects span;


1. Building Resilience in Children (BRIC): an online and in classroom resource equipping parents, educators, & caregivers with the necessary tools, knowledge and strategies to help children build resilience

2. An online assessment tool to audit educators’ awareness of dyscalculia

3. Automating Individual Assessment Feedback (INDAF)

Health technology 

4. EnHANCE: a nonconventional system that eliminates pathogens to deliver clean indoor residential and industrial environments sustainably

5. LUCID: Concussion Identification App

6. Healthcare Team Observations for Patient Safety (HTOPS)

Agriculture, forestry & fishing

7. LiquidGold: Next generation environmentally friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable carp health care product for

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