21 November 2016 15:00
Business prize for Devon entrepreneur who creates swimwear from marine waste
A Devon entrepreneur who creates women’s swimwear from marine waste has won the latest Soup event brought to Plymouth by GAIN at the University of Plymouth.
Helen competed against three other entrepreneurs at the Soup event. Alex Printer has designed MeeBe, a new fashion app, Lisa Lessware and Philippa Doyle have created the Bshirt, which is designed for breastfeeding mums, and Tom Pavelle is the inventor of CAZMAT, which provides a kneeling surface and safe treatment area for patients pre-hospital.
University of Plymouth Corporate Projects Manager Rich Adams said:
“Fittingly for Plymouth Enterprise Week, all four pitching businesses were really innovative and a testament to the creativity in the South West. We’re delighted that all of our Soup events have drawn such large crowds, including our Business School students who have had the opportunity to learn from inspiring local entrepreneurs like Helen.
“The University of Plymouth is home to the largest marine research institute in the UK, with state-of-the-art facilities and world-leading experts who are helping further our understanding of our seas and how we can care for them. Discovering a start-up business that is pioneering a new way of working with recycled marine waste is an exciting opportunity for the University and we look forward to working with Davy J.”
Soup became an international crowdfunding phenomenon after starting in Detroit. Audience members pay £5 to see new businesses pitch their ideas an over a bowl of soup before voting for their favourite with their spoons. The winner earns the takings to support their venture to grow, as well as a package of business support from the University of Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce.
This Soup event was sponsored by University Commercial Services Plymouth Ltd.