Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards: Tom Fudge Through to the Final!

Thomas Fudge represented Brunel at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards Semi-Final on Tuesday. He pitched his business WASE to a panel of judges in order to win a place in the final. After a fantastic pitch, Tom and his team were able to successfully win over the judges to progress through to the final which is taking place in November. Massive congratulations to Tom and the WASE team!


The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards began in 2011 and since then, it has grown to be one of the UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competition. Budding entrepreneurs compete to win cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support. This year, 20 businesses progressed to the London semi-final and had the chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

Brunel University graduate and current CEO of WASE, Tom Fudge, pitched his business  against 10 other technology entrants whereby only three could progress to the final. Two of the successful entrepreneurs were to be chosen by a panel of judges with a third, ‘profit for purpose’ vote, to be chosen by the audience.

Tom was able to secure the WASE team and himself a place in the final of the competition through the judges choice alongside Supernotes from Kings College, London. The ‘Profit for Purpose’ winner was BrightSign, Goldsmiths University, represented by Rehana Al-Soltane who is in fact a Brunel University Psychology student!

Congratulations to both Tom and Rehana and to all the semi-finalists. What an amazing day and we can’t wait for the final.

If you would like to find out more about WASE and BrightSign please have a look at the links below.

By Lauren Warner




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