Reward for Innovation

Eight bright ideas from students and academics at the University of the West of England have made it to the finals of its annual business plan competition. The winner, to be announced on May 5, wins a prize worth £20,000.

Yesterday the eight finalists met competition sponsors – Business West, accountants Baker Tally, Icon Corporate Finance, law firm Osborne Clarke, the Royal Bank of Scotland and UWE.

Osborne Clarke partner Andrew Bathwater said: “It’s good to make a difference by encouraging great new ideas and great new entrepreneurs.”

The shortlist includes: OPUS, a portable 3D imaging system and External A for the EURO, a programme for cancer diagnosis.

Phoenix NET is an internet application for timetabling rotes and Bristol Mountain Board Park is a sustainable board park.

Practice Law International allows users to access professional qualifications abroad while Laser Induced Super plasticity Technology is a new technique for bonding titanium components.

The Virtual Seen system is a virtual technology for department store changing rooms and The Hub is Use’s student radio.