You are here: Home / Research / UCL Provost's Spirit of Enterprise Award: ‘Truly Entrepreneurial Academic’

UCL Provost's Spirit of Enterprise Award: ‘Truly Entrepreneurial Academic’

Dr David Selviah Nominated
UCL Provost's Spirit of Enterprise Award: ‘Truly Entrepreneurial Academic’

Dr Selviah

Congratulations to Dr David Selviah, Reader in Optical Devices, Interconnects, Algorithms and Systems, who was recently shortlisted for the ‘2016 UCL Provost's Spirit of Enterprise Award’. Dr Selviah’s award nomination paid the following tribute:

“David is a truly entrepreneurial academic involved in knowledge transfer projects with companies that have led to patents, new research directions and contributed to students being recruited into companies. He has won Innovate UK funding working with multiple startups, SMEs and large companies worth millions of pounds. His research with industry such as that on optical interconnects and 3D LIDAR scanning has permeated into new research projects for PhD, Masters and Bachelors Degree students and into his lecture courses as well as leading to new start-ups focused on algorithms for seamless 3D LIDAR image pattern recognition. His professional approach, vision, drive and willingness to be of assistance to companies of all sizes from Airbus to Hornit, from the Mars Rover to Bicycle Bells exhibits a true Spirit of Enterprise.”

The winner of the award was announced and a presentation at the UCL Awards for Entrepreneurship on the evening of Thursday 9th June.

UCL’s Awards for Entrepreneurship 2016 event recognises and celebrate the achievements of students and staff in promoting enterprise activity at the university, as well as honouring an external entrepreneur who has given back to society.
In a ceremony held on 9th June, UCL’s President and Provost Professor Michael Arthur presented a variety of awards including the UCL Bright Ideas Awards for student start-ups, the UCL Provost’s Spirit of Enterprise Award and the UCL/Business Reporter Medal for Entrepreneurship.

The announcement of the awards follows another successful year for entrepreneurship at UCL. The university was recently hailed as a “shining example” of the support it gives to students in an article in the Guardian looking at whether universities do enough to help students launch new businesses.

Our students have been involved in a wide range of businesses over the last year. UCL Bright Ideas Award winners -- those businesses that show most commercial potential -- include ethical hair care products from Afrochenchix, and Mishipay, an app that allows shoppers to pay for their goods directly instore without having to queue.

“I am delighted to present these awards which highlight the extraordinary depth of entrepreneurship activity at UCL. For UCL, encouraging entrepreneurship allows the university to use its research to make a difference to society while bringing benefits for students and staff on a personal level,” said Professor Arthur.

The UCL Provost’s Spirit of Enterprise Award for the academic who has most consistently demonstrated their entrepreneurial enthusiasm, helping the university deliver the widest possible impact from its research, both in the UK and abroad went to Professor Deborah Gill, Director of the UCL Medical School. Deborah has been instrumental in establishing and expanding the education consultancy unit within the Medical School.

This year UCL also made the presentation of the UCL/Business Reporter Medal for Entrepreneurship to recognise an entrepreneur who has successfully founded their own business and used these skills to help others.

Following a public call in Business Reporter for nominees, our judging panel selected Paul Barry-Walsh as the winner in recognition of his work in setting up the Fredericks Foundation, which makes loans to disadvantaged people to set up and/or expand their businesses. Since its launch, the Foundation has provided over 1200 loans totalling over £4 million and created and safeguarded over 2,000 jobs.

Paul’s entrepreneurial background included founding business continuity services company Safetynet which was sold in 2000 to Guardian IT for £170 million.

LINK: Full list of winners: