Date of release: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Enterprise ChallengeNew technology which could save billions of pounds for UK transport companies has won the University of Greenwich's annual Enterprise Challenge.

Kamal Farid, 24, won the £5,000 prize for Carbon Negative Permeable Pavement Systems (CNPPS). This idea will manufacture roads using an aggregate that absorbs more carbon when it is manufactured than it emits per square meter paved.

Kamal, a third year Civil Engineering student, says: "This can save billions on infrastructure spending while helping save our planet. CNPPS is extremely permeable so reduces flooding, as well as improving road safety by reducing surface water. Using 2015 figures from UK infrastructure pipeline projects this could potentially save the UK transport sector £2billion.

"The support I received from the university, especially from the I3 Centre, was the main reason behind the success in turning the technical numbers and equations into a business plan. 

"My mentor, Trevor Goul-Wheeker, was great, giving up his time to check my work and offer feedback to improve and move forward. I am hoping to set up meetings with investors who have shown interest. The prize money will go towards more testing and patenting the idea.

"It's very exciting and everything I have achieved is thanks to the support of my family. I owe them everything and hope I have made them proud. I promise them this is just the start."

Runner-up pair Daniela Camacho and Christopher Livia won £3,000 for their plan for Hanan Pacha, a Latin American street food outlet at Borough Market.

Third place Ying Li, won £2,000 for the Supos Assessment Method (SAM) tool, which will help planners, designers and managers create public squares with good visual, social and environmental qualities.

Recent graduate Ingrid Vanessa Garcia Barbosa won a recognition award for her plan to supply specialty organic coffee from Colombia.

The competition, run by the university's i3 Centre, part of the Business School, aims to encourage and support students and graduates with the creation of an innovative business idea. Entrants took part in a series of support workshops and worked with a mentor before submitting a final business plan.

The judges were Rochelle Mcfarlane (Santander, part sponsors of the Enterprise Challenge), Lucas Peters (University of Rotterdam), Oliver Rothschild (Oliver Rothschild Corporate advisors), Tony De Nazareth (Founder and director of Crowd for Angels), and Nusrat Mirza (Business Development at Cyberkix).

Earlier this month Sylvia Ikomi won the university's Social Enterprise Challenge for her business, No Child Left Behind, a private tuition service, which landed her £2,000. Second place (£1,000) went to Erin Burns for Extraqueericular. Lauren Sternberg's EXPAT Rec-Room plan earned third place and £500. 

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Pictured: Winner Kamal Farid (right) with Vice-Chancellor Professor David Maguire and judge Rochelle Mcfarlane.