Kent Invents, hosted by Locate in Kent, in partnership with London and Kent law firm Cripps, provided an opportunity to celebrate the latest generation of disruptors, creators and entrepreneurs with a select audience of investors, potential customers and key decision makers.
This year’s event, held on Wednesday 12 October, featured presentations from four companies developing technologies set to revolutionise the way we think about manufacturing, infrastructure, fashion supply chain and food supply in the UK. They included:
Oceanways is a startup manufacturer developing the world’s first zero-emission submarine fleet that can clean up our oceans while transporting cargo. Kent and Medway’s strategic importance for global logistics, its emerging role In the hydrogen supply chain and existing autonomous vehicles skills make the region the perfect fit.
Calyx Cotton is spearheading how sustainable cotton should be grown and is part of Kent’s growing landscape of vertical farming innovators. The company is part of a drive for more sustainability in fashion, an industry that is estimated to account for 4% of annual global carbon emissions with 921,000 tonnes of used textiles disposed of in household waste each year.
Cascade Water Products is using micro-grey water reuse technology to future-proof water supplies. Given the ambition to build almost a million homes in London and the South East over the next 10 years, Cascade’s technology can transform the sustainability of new homes.
Nutri-San is an innovative biotechnology company creating safe, sustainable solutions for the animal food and livestock farming industries using the properties of seaweed. Combining new uses for wool, improving livestock nutrition and reducing methane output, Nutri-San will have a big impact on food production globally from their research base in Kent.
Simon Ryan, investment director, Locate in Kent, said: “Kent is already home to some of the most revolutionary and world-renowned brands.
“Kent Invents celebrates the next generation of businesses looking to invest here with cutting-edge technologies that have the power to change the world.
“These four companies pitched their unique solutions to an audience of investors, potential customers and key decision-makers in the region.
“They are businesses at the forefront of ground-breaking technologies set to revolutionise the way we think about manufacturing, infrastructure, fashion supply chain and food supplies.”
In 2019, Kent Invents showcased companies innovating in transport solutions, including Alpha 311, which proposes using vertical wind turbines to harvest energy from passing vehicles, and Ryse Hydrogen, the company behind a new multi-million renewable energy plant in Herne Bay – the first of its kind in the UK. \
Pictured (left to right): Simon Barnes (University of Kent), Cristyn Bevan (Calyx Cotton), Dr Michelle Marin Chau (Nutri-San), Simon Ryan (Locate in Kent), Dhruv Boruah (Oceanways), Pete Kenyon (Cripps), Carolyn Hogg (Cascade Water Products) and Paul Cackett (Calyx Cotton).