Student entrepreneurs selected for South Korea trade visit

Student entrepreneurs selected for South Korea trade

Student technology entrepreneurs from Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) have been selected to take part in an Innovate UK business trip to South Korea.

The founders of Altitude Tech, a start-up venture specialising in robotics and nanomaterials based in the BRL’s Hardware Incubator, will meet representatives from companies including Hyundai and Samsung during the trade mission this week.

CEO Ali Rohafza, said: “This event brings together companies and research-performing organisations working in key enabling technologies to focus on the opportunities and benefits that innovative solutions can bring to achieve more efficient and effective operational models.

“The event features two key sectors where the UK and South Korea are particularly strong: advanced material and immersive tech.

“This is a rare opportunity to meet a host of South Korean companies pushing the boundaries of technology development. We will be networking with car giant Hyundai, discussing our graphene progress with nanotechnology specialists KAIST & Hanwha. We will also be dropping in for a visit to see Samsung’s Internet of Things branch, Samsung ARTIK, to further a relationship which was started last year.”

Altitude Tech is following in the footsteps of several other successful start-up companies from the BRL Hardware Incubator selected for Innovate UK/Department for International Trade-funded International Business Exchange Programme trips.

In recent years Reach Robotics, Open Bionics, Agilic and Aralia Systems have visited the USA, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan, as part of the ‘Innovation is GREAT’ campaign.

Based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, Altitude Tech benefits from access to world-class technology expertise and state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.

With recent advances in sensor technologies, the company is developing a new range of gas sensors using machine algorithms which could significantly drive down their cost.

Working at the forefront of nanomaterials research, Altitude Tech’s founders believe its graphene sensor technology has the potential to make an impact in robotics, medicine and other sectors.

The company was founded by three students who were studying Robotics and Product Design at UWE Bristol.