What happens when you invite business-minded students to share their start-up ideas? The result is a ‘spark’ of the next generation of ideas that are potentially world-changing.

This year’s Hughes Hall Blue Pencil Enterprise Awards which took place on Tuesday this week, saw three finalists present their ideas with enthusiasm and professionalism. The ideas ranged from medication reminders (MedFriends), an on-the-go charging service (WeCharge) and a smart device to help the visually impaired (Vocalens).

Each finalist took the time to convey their ideas with the use of simple slides and even some demos. The audience and judges were invited to ask questions after each presentation and this encouraged each finalist to back up their idea and explain further.

The finalists, judges and the audience were then invited for a buffet in the Peter Richards Room where Liam Mooney, Chief Executive of Blue Pencil and the awards sponsor announced Vocalens as the winner.

Liam commented “It was fantastic to support the Hughes Hall Blue Pencil Enterprise Awards. We had three superb finalists and a very worthy winner in Vocalens. All the finalists can be incredibly proud of their concepts, presentations skills and accomplishments so far. The evening encapsulated all that is good with start-ups with innovative ideas, well thought out business plans and surrounded by an impressive network of attendees. We are delighted to be involved, helping to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. A very well done to Hughes Hall, the finalists and all the attendees for a most enjoyable evening.”

Source-Hughes Hall, Cambridge University