Renal Services sponsors Bright Ideas competition at Kingston University

6th March, 2018

For the third year, Renal Services sponsored the winner and runner-up of the Science Health & Well-being category at Kingston University’s Bright Ideas competition.

This year’s winner was Ona Anilionytė, 3rd year student of BSc Medical Biochemistry with the innovative idea of a Dehydration Indicator – a paper stick that can be placed on the tongue to detect the number of electrolytes in saliva, allowing family members to quickly establish when children and elderly people are becoming dehydrated.

Stefano Ciampolini, CEO of Renal Services and Kingston University alumnus, said “Ona did very well at explaining her bright idea in a clear and articulate manner in the 3 minute set time. There is a clear and growing need for a cheap disposable hydration monitor because of the aging population. If Ona can get a functioning prototype completed I believe she is on to something. This could be the beginning of her entrepreneurial journey and I am glad to have been there to witness it.”

The competition is held annually at Kingston University and seeks out innovative, exciting and inspiring ideas that allows student entrepeneurs to discover, accelerate and incubate “the next big thing”. Kingston University is recognised as a national leader in student enterprise, having been frequently listed among the top two universities in the country for graduate start-ups.

A record-breaking 650 students proposed their ideas in this year’s edition with the top 53 presenting at the grand final on the 7th February 2018. The winners shared a prize of £10,000 across eight categories that will fund their business ideas and beginning of their enterprising journey.