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World-changing ideas set to shine at London Tech Week

Published: 14 June 2023
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This year's Future Worlds cohort in San Francisco

Inventors of the future will be pitching their world-changing ideas at London Tech Week.

Scientists and engineers from the University of Southampton’s Future Worlds accelerator will pitch their emerging technology of tomorrow to some of the UK’s most influential industry leaders and investors.

The breakthroughs on display will include an enclosed four-wheeled electric bike to make commuting safer, a revolutionary blood test to detect multiple cancers in a single test, an AI data management platform to unlock the power of chemical information, and an app to help elite athletes monitor their mental and physical health.

Future Worlds is the University’s on-campus start-up accelerator, dedicated to helping the next generation of aspiring founders change the world with their ideas.

The programme works with both staff and students and this year’s cohort has just returned from a visit to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the epicentre of global start-ups and technology.

Future Worlds Director, Ben Clark, said: “Demo Day is about celebrating, enabling and accelerating the brilliance of exceptional founders from the University of Southampton; they are the heroes because they can reach the extraordinary and make it happen.

“The founders pitching combine the vision, determination and technical skills to pursue audacious start-up launches that can go on to change the world for good.”

Xgenera founder, Andy Shapanis, will pitch a blood-based multi-cancer diagnostic test.

He said: "I am excited to pitch at Demo Day, in front of world leading industry experts and investors to share Xgenera’s vision for the future."

Laura Meehan, co-founder of Journally, an app for elite athletes, added: “We are thrilled to participate in Demo Day, as Future Worlds has been instrumental in shaping our vision and propelling our business forward.

“This event marks a significant milestone, heralding an exciting future for Journalling and our commitment to growth."

Future Worlds will host its Demo Day on Wednesday, 14 June, at the prestigious British Film Institute at London’s South Bank.

For more information go to: Future Worlds

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