VOOM 2016 Winners Announced28-07-2016
Office Profile recently completed work for a tenant of Techspace, Virgin Media, for their VOOM project. VOOM is an initiative by Virgin Media Business that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to Richard Branson for the chance of winning a slice of a prize fund worth more than £1 million.
The Entrepreneurs home for the 14 weeks was in Whitechapel, London where we carried out the office refurbishment for VOOM.
The competition took place over 14 weeks and included a 29-hour pitchathon that broke a Guinness World Record, along with a huge public vote, a series of face-to-face workshops and a big finale featuring Richard Branson himself.
There were two categories for businesses to enter:
START-UP – For exciting and fresh businesses with stacks of potential, but in their early stages
GROW – For businesses who are already trading, making money, and looking to make more
The winner of the ‘Start-up’ category was MacRebur who believe in ‘Stronger, Greener, Cheaper Roads’. MacRebur hold an innovative patent on a method of mixing bitumen and waste plastics to produce a new asphalt road material. The end product is called Plasmac® and its use as a road surface material would lead to 60% stronger road which increases the lifespan of a road while reducing potholes. Mass use of Plasmac® would heavily reduce road maintenance and waste plastic disposal costs and lead to a greener and more sustainable road network.
The ‘Grow’ category was won by Bio-bean, who recycle wasted coffee grounds into local, sustainable biofuels that help to power cities. Their newest product called ‘Coffee Logs’ aim to combat the millions of tons of imported, expensive and dirty wood and coal that we burn every year. Made again from wasted coffee grounds, the ‘Coffee Logs’ burn hotter and longer, ignite quicker, and are more sustainable and cost-effective.
Further information on the winners and runners up, along with details on how businesses can enter, can be found at www.vmbvoom.com.
To view the VOOM case study please CLICK HERE.
To find out how we can bring your office to life, contact the Office Profile team by calling 020 8770 7077 or send them an email at [email protected].