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Cripps unites with businesses changing the world at Kent Invents 2022

19 Oct 2022

Four of the UK’s most exciting technology start-up companies set out their vision for a more sustainable future at an event held this week at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

Kent Invents, hosted by Locate in Kent, in partnership with London and Kent law firm Cripps, provided an opportunity to celebrate the latest generation of disruptors, creators and entrepreneurs with a select audience of investors, potential customers and key decision makers.

This year’s event, held on Wednesday, 12 October, featured presentations from four companies developing technologies set to revolutionise the way we think about manufacturing, infrastructure, fashion supply chain and food supply in the UK. They included:

Oceanways, a start-up manufacturer developing the world’s first zero emission submarine fleet that can clean up our oceans while transporting cargo. Kent and Medway’s strategic importance for global logistics, its emerging role In the hydrogen supply chain and existing autonomous vehicles skills make the region the perfect fit.

Calyx Cotton, is spearheading how sustainable cotton should be grown and is part of Kent’s growing landscape of vertical farming innovators. They are part of a drive for more sustainability in fashion, an industry that is estimated to account for 4% of annual global carbon emissions with 921,000 tonnes of used textiles disposed of in household waste each year*.

Cascade Water Products, using micro-grey water reuse technology to future proof water supplies. Given the ambition to build almost a million homes In London and the South East over the next 10 years, Cascade’s technology can transform the sustainability of new homes.

Nutri-San, an innovative bio-technology company creating safe, sustainable solutions for the animal food and livestock farming industries using the properties of seaweed. Combining new uses for wool, improving livestock nutrition and reducing methane output, Nutri-San will have a big impact on food production globally from their research base in Kent.

Simon Ryan, Investment Director, Locate in Kent, said:

“Kent is already home to some of the most revolutionary and world-renowned brands. Kent Invents celebrates the next generation of businesses looking to invest here with cutting edge technologies that have the power to change the world.

“These four companies pitched their unique solutions to an audience of investors, potential customers and key decision makers in the region. They are businesses at the forefront of ground-breaking technologies set to revolutionise the way we think about manufacturing, infrastructure, fashion supply chain and food supplies.”

Pete Kenyon, partner in our commercial team, said:

“We are extremely proud to sponsor Kent Invents. Kent Invents provides a valuable platform for young and ambitious Kent businesses to raise their profile among influential decision makers and forge valuable relationships to support their future growth.”

In 2019 Kent Invents showcased companies innovating in transport solutions, including Alpha 311, which proposes using vertical wind turbines to harvest energy from passing vehicles and Ryse Hydrogen, the company behind a new multi-million renewable energy plant in Herne Bay, the first of its kind in the UK.