Five King's startups have won a 2018 Soyoye Technology Innovation Scholarship.
Awarded by King’s engineering alumnus Babatunde Soyoye, Co-founder and Managing Director of Helios Investment Partners, the Scholarships support the brightest tech talent from students, staff and alumni on the King’s20 accelerator.
Founders had 5 minutes to pitch their venture & answer questions from a panel of leading judges - Babatunde Soyoye, Helios Partners, Hongbin Liu, Senior Lecturer in Informatics (Robotics), King's College London, Pierre-Simon Ntiruhungwa, Cofounder, Founders of the Future, Tom Teichman, Chairman of Spark Ventures and Alicia Beylan, President of KCL Tech.
Investment was awarded based on the quality of the innovation, the passion and commitment of the founders and the impact the prize money will have on reaching their potential. Introduced by Michael Luck, Professor of Computer Science, King's College London, the winners are:
- VEED, AI video production studio, founded by Sabba Keynejad and Timur Mamedov awarded £20,000
- Deepfinity, AI parcel management tracking, founded by Arthur Zaragaryan and Luca Mozzo awarded £4500
- Memento, the Instagram of VR, founded by Michael Truong and Olga Kravchenko awarded £4500
- Focus, Sketch plugin for designers, founded by Lukas Ondrej and Kamil Ondrej awarded £2000
- Mila, AI computer vision software, founded by Razvan-Gabriel Geangu awarded £2000
We saw 5 brilliant pitches and 5 worthy winners, with ideas ranging from an automated video production studio to an app to let anyone create and share their own VR content. This funding can transform their ventures at this early stage from funding developers and marketing campaign to strengthening their proposition with investors. We are so grateful to Babatunde for supporting the brightest young tech talent at King’s and developing a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders. Congratulations to all 5 winners!– Ed Halliday, Accelerator Manager, Entrepreneurship Institute