The 2013 Enterprise Award is sponsored by Francis Clark, one of the South West’s leading accountancy firms.

Impact Awards in focus

Enterprise

The ground-breaking research done by University of Exeter academics working with business is being recognised by the Exeter Impact Awards.

Five projects, involving collaborations with businesses large and small, have made the shortlist for the Enterprise Award, which celebrates University spin-outs and start-ups as well as the impact of research in the business sector.

Injury rates were reduced by a staggering 50 per cent at mining and natural resources group Anglo American after  the company ran educational course for managers which incorporated safety risk management research undertaken by Dr Patrick Foster of the Camborne School of Mines.

Waste management processes were improved at food processing and packaging solutions company TetraPak after Business School academics Dr Jeff Jia and Prof Jonathan Gosling worked with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Climate Savers to produce case studies on best practice in sustainable business processes.

Dr Nicola Thomas developed a new method of storytelling by working with software development firm Bow Software, creating an interactive mobile app to present the biography of Mary Curzon, a former Vicereine of India.

New methods to analyse how pilots perform under stress is under investigation at Flybe. Research undertaken by Dr Sam Vine could help the airline to develop bespoke training programmes to support staff development.

3D modelling software company and University of Exeter spin-out Simpleware Ltd have won numerous awards, including the Queens Award for Enterprise 2013, for achievements in applying computer simulation techniques to complex structures and objects. Prof Philippe Young founded the company more than a decade ago.

In total more than £15million of projects were carried out with businesses by the University in 2012/13 alone.

Current projects include work with HiETA Technologies and Spi3Dr, who have benefited from Innovation Vouchers, which offer up to 40 per cent off collaborative projects with the University.

This year has also been  particularly successful for student entrepreneurs. ModMyPi, Colinked (creators of the SoundSYNK app) and Young Ones all won awards, with the latter also securing investment on BBC show Dragons Den.