L6 Entrepreneurs hit the mark

This year’s L6 entrepreneurs really impressed Headington’s ‘Dragons’ for this year’s Dragons’ Den, despite an unrelenting grilling throughout.

The pitches kicked off with a portable projector capable of viewing digital media in 3D without having to wear spectacles that had great potential for diverse audiences including students and business organisations.

This was swiftly followed by experiment-based data from a team aiming to reduce the impact of large-scale oil spills. Taking ideas from A Level Physics and Chemistry, this group showed how their floating, woodchip centrifuge could collect and extract oil from salt water at a commercially viable rate.

Next came an idea to improve road safety whilst making energy savings for a future dominated by electric vehicles (EVs). Wind resistance data from tests within a ‘home-made’ wind tunnel convinced two Dragons that there could be significant saving for haulage fleets by replacing wing mirrors with tiny video cameras.

Continuing ideas to reduce the environmental impact of human activity, the final contestant presented mouth-watering sets of edible cutlery. Designed with CAD precision, these stylish and tasty utensils are consumed as part of the picnic experience to eliminate landfill rubbish.

The lunchtime presentation concluded with final scrutiny of production costs, potential markets and profit forecasts, before the £250K of chocolate coins were invested.

A huge thank you goes to Mr Mark Porter, Mr Gabriel Tansley and the Science Technicians for their support and the Dragons’ for their generous investments.