Innovation Funding for 8 Brunel Design Students

8 Brunel Design students have received funding to put towards their Major projects from 2 social enterprise organisations: The Dave Granshaw Foundation and What’s in My Community. All students are final year Product Design undergraduates and are completing socially oriented projects such as enhancing wheelchair experience, cycling safety systems, concussion in contact sport, encouraging public engagement in wildlife, feeding equipment for cleft lit palate and design of an African school bike.

The projects will be exhibited at Made in Brunel on the 12th – 15th June 2014 at The Bargehouse, in central London.

The Dave Granshaw Foundation has been established to support engineering and design talent to the Aylesbury Training Group an organisation that provides training for engineers to BTEC level.

whatsinmycommunty.com is an award winning website which emphasizes positive social interaction at a hyper local level, as well as allowing interaction with over 1,500 interconnecting towns throughout the UK.

Receiving the support from the Dave Granshaw Foundation as well as the Aylesbury Training Group meant a great deal to me personally as well as to the project. The Grant combined with the positive feedback and support given, inspired great confidence in the validity of the project as well as my capacity as a designer. From a financial perspective, the grant paved the way toward realising the concept in functioning prototypes, something which would otherwise have been impossible. Many thanks to the Dave Granshaw Foundation and the Aylesbury Training Group.Daniel Gustafsson

The funding from the Dave Granshaw Foundation and What’s In My Community has allowed me to fully develop my major project to the best of its potential. The funding gives me the freedom to explore many more opportunities which will lead to more innovative solutions.Thomas Adcock

See Rob Bye’s African experience – this research trip was funded by The Dave Granshaw Foundation and organised byJole Rider an education organisation and registered charity, providing bicycles to enable African children to get to school and educational support. You may want to take a quick look –https://vimeo.com/89370740