Winners and runners-up in flare 2016


Best Growth Business

Dave Hawkins – MET MedicalDave Hawkins – MET Medical

The prestigious title of Best Growth Business, was awarded to Dave Hawkins for his business, MET Medical.

With an extensive fleet of ambulances and Rapid Response Vehicles, MET Medical provide cover for film shoots, sporting events, and festivals of all sizes, offering peace of mind to event organisers and their attendees.

Dave’s business has recently added two ambulances to its fleet and now recruits around 100 staff.

Best Start-up

Olivia Berry – Equia Marketing SolutionsOlivia Berry – Equia Marketing Solutions

Photography graduate Olivia Berry won the award for Best Start-up, plus £5,000 for her rural marketing agency, Equia Marketing Solutions.

Offering services such as photography, web design, social media and PR, Olivia spends time getting to know her clients and their businesses, ensuring that they can achieve their goals through successful marketing campaigns.

Olivia currently works with clients in the Home Counties, Hampshire and Gloucester.

Best Idea

Kuly Heer and Caezar Al Jassar – Alley Cat GamesKuly Heer and Caezar Al Jassar – Alley Cat Games

PhD student Kuly and her partner Caezar won Best Idea for their business, Alley Cat Games, which produces science-themed board and card games that are both fun and educational.

Their first board game, Lab Wars, was launched on Kickstarter in June 2016 and has since accumulated 1,640 backers, pledging nearly £50,000 to bring their project to life.

Healthcare Innovation Award

Ketan Ladva – OurdoseKetan Ladva – Ourdose

The prize for Healthcare Innovation, sponsored by Eisai, was awarded to pharmacy student, Ketan Ladva for his medication app, Ourdose.

Ketan’s app has been designed to reorder medication when it is low, saving monthly prescription costs and reducing medicine wastage.

Ketan plans to introduce a delivery system, which will arrange for pharmacies to collect and deliver patients’ medication anywhere in the UK.

flare ignite 2016

Launched in 2014, flare Ignite’s core aim is to support and celebrate in-school entrepreneurial work by identifying and rewarding the most enterprising students.

This year prizes were awarded to the following students:

  • Esther Wong, from the School of Humanities, won Best Design for her exceptional design and build of a responsive website for a local St Albans restaurant.
  • Sagar Patel, from the School of Engineering and Technology, was awarded the Most Commercially Viable prize, for his final year project designing, manufacturing and testing a Novel Machine for Efficient Drying of bottles and cans.
  • Ben Spurgeon, from the School of Creative Arts, won Best Technical Solution. Ben produced an exceptional acoustic simulation and sound system modelling report for 2 venues, as part of his final year major project.
  • Lord Dover, Kayleigh Johnson and Anna Ross won the Impact on Society Award for their incredible outreach contribution to the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics. This included running planetarium shows, software demonstrations and workshops to students and members of the public.
  • Kieran Bagnall, from the School of Computer Science, was awarded the prize for Most Innovative Idea, for developing an interactive web manipulation tool that will significantly aid those with autism to interact more effectively with the internet.
  • Nimit Jain, from the School of Engineering and Technology, won the Best Solution to a Problem award for his design of a personal rapid transit vehicle.