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Lion's Den Winners announced

25 Mar 2009

Two post doctoral staff, Dr Alexander Kapustin and Dr Yiwen Liu from the Cardiovascular Division at the College won the King’s College London Business Commercialisation Prize at the Finals and Awards dinner of the 2008/09 Graduate Business Plan Competition yesterday evening.

The team transformed their research achievements into a business plan to set up Indica a company that seeks to develop a diagnostic kit for the early identification of vascular calcification.  The idea has the potential to improve the lives of people with chronic kidney disease and diabetes the world over.

The winner of the King’s College London Graduate School Prize was Notion Learning who aim to launch a new e-learning training product for small and medium sized companies on graduation.  Notion Learning was formed by David Ganly, MSc Computing, IT Law & Management and Dimitrios Mistriotis, MSc Computing & Internet Systems both from the School of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

Prize money totalled £10,000 and for the first time King’s Alumni joined the competition known as the Lion’s Den to offer Business Mentoring and Professional Voice and Presentation Skills coaching to teams in the competition.  

Chris Mottershead, VP Research & Innovation, who awarded the prizes said: 'The Lion’s Den provides our Early Career Research Staff and Postgraduate Students with an excellent opportunity to benefit from business and commercial training that many might not otherwise access in their day to day work or studies and helps them to develop a real or hypothetical business plan.  In many cases, it is the first step on the journey to commercialising an idea.'

Dr Fiona Denney, who chaired a judging panel commented: 'This is the second year that we have jointly sponsored the Graduate Business Plan Competition with King’s Business and we have seen a significant growth in numbers of staff and students participating.  All participants have benefited from participating by developing venturing, commercial and business skills that will enhance their future career opportunities.'

Finalists included a range of business ideas from postgraduates and staff across the College and business plans were broad based covering technology, drug discovery, social enterprise and the cultural and creative industries
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