I WILL Award 2020

Six entries won a place to pitch to a live jury in the final of the RSM I WILL Award 2020 on 7 July. Their face-to-face pitches in the boxing-ring finale were livestreamed from the Erasmus Pavilion on campus to an online audience. Half of the finalists’ projects aimed to improve the lives of people in medical care; the three others were about helping the environment and creating a circular economy.

The ideas were innovative and impactful: upcycling fashion waste into outfits and accessories, covers that hide scary-looking intravenous infusion bags, recycling heat from data centres to commercial greenhouses, an online assessment programme for people with a traumatic brain injury, a virtual reality platform that helps reduce outpatients’ levels of pain and anxiety, and upcycling food production waste into ‘spice pencils’.

Winner was Jeroen Burks of Blockheating; he won €15,000 of funding for his project that exchanges heat from data processing centres into greenhouses.

Online viewers could vote for the business that they thought deserved to win an additional €2,000 audience prize; it went to Fuusje, the start-up from founder Edward Hoogendoorn that provides single easy-to-use covers that hide scary-looking intravenous infusion bags for children in hospital.  

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