Urban Intelligence has recently completed the UCL Advances Idea Accelerator, coming in joint-first place and winning prize funding of £7,500.
The Advances’ Idea Accelerator ran for a period of eight weeks, and started with around 60 UCL student and graduate startup businesses. These were filtered down to 17 by the final pitch held, on Wednesday 12th August 2015 at UCL Advances’ new incubator space for product and creative businesses at King’s Cross, BASE KX. The pitch was given to a panel of seven external expert judges.
The other businesses involved in the process varied from a business offering specialist Afro hair care products, to a tea subscription service. The programme was an excellent experience for participants to learn the skills and knowledge required to start a business, along with others interested in exploring the potential of embarking on the entrepreneurial journey. Urban Intelligence was awarded joint-first prize, along with “Safe and Sound”, a business that aims to enable festival-goers to improve on their sustainable travel.
The judges were impressed with Urban Intelligence’s business plan and its innovative vision of the ability to ‘shake up’ the UK planning system through the use of technology. Student Business Advisor, Christian Rayner of UCL Advances said the award was “well deserved”. Urban Intelligence Founder Daniel Mohamed was very proud to have taken home a prize from the process, saying, “The last eight weeks were very tough and challenging but have been thoroughly rewarding. I have been working together with a great team of innovators to develop this business idea over the past 11 months, and it was really fantastic to get this support and validation from the judges as we begin developing our minimal viable product ready for a beta-launch in the Autumn”.
Urban Intelligence are building a policy database and search engine which seeks to dramatically improve productivity in the planning system, through an injection of tech and innovation into what has traditionally been a slow and labour-intensive field. The £7,500 Bright Ideas Award will be used to support the funding of a web developer, who will help us build a more effective means of collecting and structuring the UK’s planning policy data as we bring our first service to market with a launch scheduled for early Spring 2016.