Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Prior to UniGreenScheme I launched a business called Perfect-Purchase LTD.
Starting with less than £100 grew the business substantially.
Within 6 months the business had expanded to 320sq ft of storage with turnover in excess of £2,000/month (20+k per annum).
I took a different perspective on product resale within the used goods market. Rather than wholesaling products I took the single-person 'job' model of a typical eBay seller and upscaled substantially using a franchise model.
We acquired stock from exclusive auctions, shop closures and local buyers to be resold.
From a zero start-up position the company had in excess of 1000 products in storage and available to order in an enormous range of categories from medical through to furniture.
I sold the stock from this business and closed it down in May 2015 to focus time and finances on UniGreenScheme.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
In addition to the central team, there are two non-executive directors: Benjamin Glazier, a professional business consultant and chartered marketer, and Paul Adams a well-established social entrepreneur with over 2,500 connections across UK universities.
We also have secured strategic partnerships with both WRAP and the Center for Global Eco-Innovation (University of Lancaster).
The partnership with WRAP is part of the EU LIFE+ REBus programme. A competitive programme to support just 30 businesses across a five year period to establish circular economy business models. Other companies involved include Argos, Sky, Panasonic, DHL, National Union of Students and many more.
In collaboration with the Center for Global Eco-Innovation we will conduct an research project:
To demonstrate the potential environmental benefits of promoting external reuse of the underused assets that universities hold. Key goals:
1. Demonstrate the volume of unused or underused equipment that universities hold.
2. Assess the potential environmental benefits of re-using this equipment (CO2e, material (kg), energy (mJ)) and thus displacing the need for manufacturing new products.
3. Evaluate the feasibility of universities adopting circular economy models for their underused assets.
The ultimate outcome would be an estimated CO2e saving potential per tonne of scientific equipment in accordance with the WRAP methodology, paired with an approximation of tonnes of unused equipment within universities.
All of the above data would feed into our IP and be critical to improving our service.