Associates Sharmela Thevarajaha and Imran Bhatia on the UCL Moonshot judging panel.

Associates Sharmela Thevarajaha and Imran Bhatia (left) on the UCL Moonshot judging panel on 9 February 2017.

JAG Shaw Baker has been working with UCL Entrepreneurs’ Society to provide a commercial and legal sounding board to student-driven start-ups and to mentor budding entrepreneurs as they explore potential business ideas.

As part of that, UCL created the Moonshot Launchpad progamme in 2016, a 12-week pre-accelerator program for engineering, science and tech start-ups. Sharmela Thevarajaha and Imran Bhatia, Associates at JAG Shaw Baker, were on the judging panel of the current Moonshot Launchpad.

The nine finalists in the innovation program were primarily focused on the healthcare, fintech and energy sectors. Each company pitched their business ideas and faced tough questions from the judging panel.

In addition to JAG Shaw Baker, the panel included pros from Cisco, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley Bank and Wayra. The end game? A cash prize, access to advice from mentors and an express ticket to be in the running for investment from the UCL’s VC fund.

And the winner is

The competition was tough, but in the end it was Eridial that took the prize. The company provides a social network that’s a safe space for mental health sufferers. Eridial is geared towards university students living away from home for the first time. Be on the look-out for Eridial’s rise to the top.