Cambridge young entrepreneurs recognised by Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list



University of Cambridge Engineering staff, students and alumni have made Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 Europe list for 2018.

The Forbes list comprises the most impressive young entrepreneurs that are ‘reshaping Europe, and the world, for the better’.

The list comprises the most impressive young entrepreneurs that are ‘reshaping Europe, and the world, for the better’.

University of Cambridge spin-out Echion Technologies, which aims to commercialise its lithium-ion battery technology, features on Forbes’ Industry list recognising those who are ‘creating the products, methods and materials of tomorrow’.

The technology comes out of the Boies Group at the Department of Engineering and the De Volder Group at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM). Led by co-founders Jean de La Verpillière (28) and Dr Alex Groombridge (26), and external consultant Christian Hoecker (29), the technology is based on innovation around the fundamental chemistry and nanostructure of a lithium-ion battery’s active anode material.

According to Forbes, the technology would enable the ‘next generation of lithium-ion batteries to hold more electricity and charge more quickly’.

Image (top): From left, Echion Technologies co-founders Jean de La Verpillière and Dr Alex Groombridge, with external consultant Christian Hoecker.

Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems (CBAS) co-founders and directors Oliver Armitage (left) and Emil Hewage. Credit: CBAS

Meanwhile, Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems (CBAS), which aims to bridge the gap between bionic devices (both limbs and organs) and the body’s nervous system, features on Forbes’ Science and Healthcare list recognising those who are ‘discovering new worlds, in our cells and outer space’.

According to Forbes, CBAS is making ‘neural interfaces for bionic implants’.

Led by alumni Oliver Armitage (28), and Emil Hewage (29), CBAS hopes for a first in-human use of a fully neurally connected implant for an amputee. Their aim is for two-way brain communication.

For the complete Europe list click here.

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