The big VOOM finale takes place on Tuesday 28 June and, following our involvement in the competition’s Guinness World Record win, we’re speaking to the six finalists set to pitch to Richard Branson and his guest judges.So far we’ve already heard from Luke Massie, founder of event ticketing marketplace Vibe, who said: “At the moment we have big industry giants dominating the market ripping off these fans and we want to change that.” Now we hear from bio-bean’s Arthur Kay, who will also compete to win a share of the £1m prize offered by Virgin Media Business, as he sheds light on the cleantech company and latest product Coffee Logs, which can fuel homes and appliances. Category: Grow Location: London and Alconbury Weald Founding year: 2013 Sector and company description: Green energy and clean technology – bio-bean recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels (1) What was your inspiration for launching the business? Whilst studying architecture at The Bartlett, UCL, I was set the challenge of designing a coffee shop. I quickly realised that coffee was being waste everywhere and set out to address the problem. (2) Who are your target customers? bio-bean works with businesses at every scale, from local coffee shops to giant coffee factories. (3) What prompted you to take part in VOOM this year? Our new product, Coffee Logs, was just starting to take shape as an idea. The VOOM 2016 competition has been an incredible opportunity to drive it to market. (4) How did you find the Pitchathon, and what did you do to prepare? An incredible group of talented entrepreneurs all in one place, with fantastic mentors. There were several sleepless nights beforehand! (5) Prior to that, what was your experience of pitching? My whole journey as an entrepreneur, from raising investment to securing contracts, is all about pitching.
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