This year’s top prize, with a value of £4,000, has been awarded to CAUSE, while a £2,000 second prize went to Crea.
Founded by recent graduates Gabriel Brown, Morgan Saville and Geno Racklin Asher, CAUSE wants to become a social network for activists, one that is fit for purpose. And last summer the team decided to concentrate on one of CAUSE’s initial features – the ‘Emergency SMS’ - and launch it as a stand-alone app to start generating user traction: Flare. Beyond its use to support the safety of activists, Flare’s use is far broader as a community and nighttime safety app.
Crea, the project of Engineering student Ruhi Patel and Andrew Bailey, is an engineering consultancy designed to help clients turn ideas into high-quality products by providing a full range of services with a particular focus on modular design and sustainability. Their long-term goal is to tackle challenges in resource inequality in the medical, energy and food sectors by changing the way things are done in engineering design and manufacture.
CAUSE’s founders Gabriel and Morgan and Crea’s lead Ruhi were part of the E-Lab’s 2022 cohort, and took part in last year's residential training programme as well as the events and workshops organised throughout the academic year.
After their winning pitches to the Senior Advisory Board of the King’s E-Lab and receiving their prizes, both teams will receive further mentoring to help them develop their projects.
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