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Renal Services sponsors Kingston University’s Bright Ideas

9th February, 2017
On Wednesday 8th February, Kingston University held the grand final of their Bright Ideas competition, and Renal Services were proud to sponsor both the winner and runner-up for the Science category.

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. Bright Ideas is the annual competition that allows student entrepreneurs to discover, accelerate, and incubate ‘the next big thing’.

It’s the highlight of the year for Kingston University’s most enterprising students. Consisting of a series of events featuring high-profile entrepreneurs (including our CEO, Stefano Ciampolini), plus workshops, coaching and mentoring sessions, the competition is open to all students. Kingston University is committed to encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Winner of the Science category was third-year biological sciences student Nadja Howton-Cheney, with Allergenie – a smartphone app that would allow allergy sufferers to see which food they can eat at a restaurant based on up-to-date menu information. Nadja now wants to get the app developed and team up with a software specialist to take her idea forward.

“Being lactose intolerant, it would be great to know if something on a menu contains dairy without constantly having to ask, and I wanted to create a way of making this process easier”, Nadja explained. “Now I’d like to use the experience of Bright Ideas and the funding I’ve received to turn this concept into a usable app for diners with allergies.”

Stefano Ciampolini, CEO of Renal Services and graduate from Kingston University said, “This was my second year as a judge at the Bright Ideas competition and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Kingston University had done a fantastic job and the event is getting significantly bigger and better, with many viable business ideas presented by the students. We look forward to continuing to sponsor the event and support the fostering of entrepreneurship at Kingston University”.