Coffee bean recycling company bio-bean, featured in the last issue of Business Info, has enjoyed a successful summer, winning
aVirgin Media Business VOOM 2016 entrepreneur award in the ‘grow’ categoryand a 2016 Talent Unleashed Award for Best Start-Up, Social Impact.
As one of five VOOM 2016 winners, theconverter of waste coffee grounds into biofuels and biochemicals will share a £1 million prize fund made up of a cash prize and mentoring and marketing support.
The other VOOM winners are MacRebur, which mixes waste plastic with bitumen to create a 60% stronger road surface (start-up award); What A Melon, a supplier of 100%natural watermelon water (crowd-funder award); Trustedhousesitters, an online service for connecting pet owners with house sitters (great award); and Paint 360, which mixes waste paint into new emulsion for facilities management and social housing applications (impact award).
The 2016 Talent Unleashed Awards hosted by global IT and recruitment firm Talent International honour Europe’s most disruptive and innovative tech start-ups.
Joining bio-bean as winners this year were friend location app Sup (Best Start-Up – Tech innovation); Therapy Box, a supplier of speech and communications apps for Alternative and augmentative Communication (AAC), education and dyslexia needs (Best Digital SME – Tech Innovation); and visual discovery app Blippar (Best Tech IPO/Venture Capital Raising)