UKloupes was established by an enthusiastic dental student who felt that extortionate prices were being paid by dental students for dental loupes. After much independent research, Dave Stone found that the actual cost to produce these loupes was only around 15% of the price they were being sold for.
Dave Stone (centre) with his fellow members of the UKloupes team.
UKloupes therefore seeks to supply affordable dental loupes to students, aiming to improve the physical health of dental students and to raise the quality and speed of future dental treatment.
Dave Stone talks us through the various marketing techniques his business, UKloupes, uses.
We love the Shell LiveWIRE Awards, and continually tell all our enterprising friends about it. The standard of entrants appears to be a lot higher than when we entered, which is a great sign. I hope these Awards continue for years to come, as they really do support the work of start-ups.
Sam Etherington won a Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award in 2014, for his business Aqua Power Technologies, before going on to be shortlisted for the 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, where he won the £5,000 Future Impact Award.
Shell last night awarded a total of £180,000 of equity free funding to Carlton Cummins from Aceleron and Upside Energy as the national winners of Shell Springboard and Shell LiveWIRE. With a total of £440,000 in funding available in 2017, the programmes are designed to recognise and reward the most innovative UK low-carbon businesses and the most inspirational young sustainability entrepreneurs.