Forefront RF secures £1.5m investment

Congratulations to Forefront RF who are commercialising technology developed at the University of Bristol and have raised £1.5m in an investment round led by Science Creates Ventures.

Find out more: Forefront RF Raises $1.5M in Funding (, Forefront RF launches into global market | Forefront RF News

New Enterprise Competition – Main Winners

We told you about the People’s Choice winner but not the main winner!

So…introducing….Bristol Alumnae Hazel and Amber, aka Peequal!!

How better to describe them than in their own words:

“Going to festivals for the last ten years and working at festivals over the last two summers, in my break I had to choose between going to the loo or getting food. The queues were just too long for the toilet.” – Hazel, Co-Founder. This is SO common in every public event, from theatre intervals to music festivals, women have to wait inline. In fact, women queue up to 34 times longer than men. For every women’s public toilet there are 10 male urinals. Our solution is Satis, the women’s urinal. Our vision is help bring about gender equality through sustainable products. Mission- provide festivals with women’s urinals that increase efficiency by reducing queues whilst protecting women and the planet.

What worthy winners  – Congratulations!!

New Enterprise Competition

The results are in…

Thank you to everyone who voted for the People’s Choice Award.  We received a huge number of votes.

The variety and standard of innovative ventures have been exceptional this year.

The winner of the £2000 People’s Choice Award, with over 800 votes is:

Young Goat!

Find out more about this exciting University of Bristol start-up by checking out Young Goat’s website.

Thank you to everyone who supported the competition this year.  We hope that you continue to champion the University of Bristol entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested in mentoring or sponsoring the competition, please get in touch with the team:


The New Enterprise Competition

The New Enterprise Competition is the University of Bristol’s flagship start-up competition, run by the Basecamp Enterprise team. Every year they award £35,000 of funding to entrepreneurial students, staff and alumni. These start-ups cover a broad range of areas from jewellery design to novel vertical farming technologies.  The Peoples’ Choice Award is a £2,000 award that is voted for by you. Whether you like the vision of the founder(s), are impressed by the idea or if it’s your best friend’s business – the criteria is up to you.

How to get involved:

  1. View the 10 virtual pitches in the 2021 Finalist showreel
  2. Vote for who you want to be awarded £2,000!

The business with the highest number of votes by 12 pm on Monday 31 May 2021 will win £2,000 of additional funding.‌

Get voting!

Ceryx Medical – New Chairman

Bristol and Bath spin-out company, Ceryx Medical, has appointed Chas Taylor as Chairman. He brings with him decades of experience in developing and leading medical device companies. Ceryx are developing an evolutionary technology that could significantly change the way patients with serious heart problems are treated and this new appointment will help drive the acceleration of the technology towards clinic.


University of Bristol spin-out company CytoSeek has raised £3.5 million to accelerate the development of new cell therapies to treat solid tumours in cancer patients, based on the research of Adam Perriman, Professor of Bioengineering in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. The funding round is led by Science Creates Ventures (SCV), a new Bristol based fund for science and engineering start-ups. Read the University’s press release. 

UoB spin-out Actuation Lab secure key investment and take up residence at the National Composites Centre


Actuation Lab - Engineering Team
L – R: Dr Simon Bates, CEO; Dr Michael Dicker, CTO and Dr Tom Llewellyn Jones, Head of R&D

Spin-out from the University’s Bristol Composites Institute, Actuation Lab, is rethinking industrial hardware to increase the reliability and reduce the environmental impact of our mechanised industries. The company was founded in 2019 by three engineering academics who had the drive to commercialise their mechanical innovation, the Callimorph® actuator. The Callimorph® is a device that is designed to keep machines moving without succumbing to corrosion, thus preventing the crippling costs associated with unplanned downtime in the energy, marine and mining industries.

Following a significant recent investment, the award-winning company has taken up residence at Bristol’s National Composites Centre (NCC). The NCC provides access to some of the most advanced composite manufacturing capabilities in the world, so this move will significantly bolster Actuation Lab’s R&D activities and foster an exciting stage of business development.

Simon Bates, CEO at Actuation Lab said:

“The NCC is absolutely the right place for Actuation Lab to live and grow from for the next 18 months. As well as having our own secure lab space on site, the NCC have partnered with us on a pivotal Innovate UK funded project, which will see our Callimorph® actuator rapidly progress towards a marketable product.”

Leah Rider, Head of SME delivery at the NCC commented:

“We are delighted to have Actuation Lab here at the NCC, and we are working with them to provide facilities they need to support them at this important time in their development. SMEs are such an important part of the UK industry, and we want to help as many as possible take advantage of the many benefits composite materials can offer, including giving them the support to test and develop their innovations on-site at our Bristol facility.”

The investment and NCC move follows what has been a successful year for Actuation Lab. In 2020, the company was awarded £100k of equity free funding and TechX accelerator support from the OGTC, Aberdeen. This programme immersed the founding team in the Energy Industry and led to Actuation Lab winning a SBRI R&D Contract to explore how the company’s technology could be applied to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes.

In February this year, the founders also welcomed UoB Honorary Industrial Fellow Dr Steve Kitson to the board, appointing their long-supporting mentor as Chair. Steve has a wealth of experience in aiding technology companies to achieve their potential, and as a fellow technology pioneer, this appointment helps cement Actuation Lab’s reputation as a company to watch in the deep-tech hardware space. Actuation Lab is now hiring.