Loughborough University – Successful Alumni who Founded Startups

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Thomas Constant – BeoBia

Thomas Constant

Thomas Constant is the founder of the sustainable feed company BeoBia. BeoBia means ‘food for life’ in Irish Gaelic. The meaning of the word embodies their belief that we can produce and consume sustainable feed, without compromising our planet.

As Western economies continue to recover from this global pandemic, we are seeing a stark rise in consumer awareness around sustainability. Thomas believes that we are living through an eco-enlightening period, with consumers aiming to become more self-sufficient, reducing pressure on the global supply chain. It’s all about what is available, sustainable, and affordable. And insects are well-placed to solve this global issue. That’s why Thomas founded BeoBia.

Thomas was studying design & technology at university when they discovered the amazing benefits of insects. Mealworms require a fraction of the land, water and resources compared to traditional sources of protein. Thomas instantly knew that insects are the future of sustainable protein.

BeoBia’s mission is to empower people to reduce their carbon footprint, reuse their food waste and rethink their relationship to pet food. That’s why they have developed the future of pet feed. Their pods are a closed loop system that recycles user’s food waste into protein and also plant fertiliser. This empowers people to create their own source of affordable and sustainable pet feed in their own home.

Their modular, cable-free, and user-friendly design can be placed anywhere in the home, encouraging people of all ages to take an interest and get involved. The user simply needs to feed each tray with fruit and vegetable waste, wait for the insects to develop, harvest them, then feed to their pets – ideal for fish, birds, chickens, reptiles and amphibians.

BeoBia has big plans for the next 12 months. They aim to launch their V2 product in the coming months, secure series A investment, grow the team and expand. Over the next few years, they aim to remove over 125,000,000 kg of CO2 and help hit the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically addressing: Goal 2 ‘zero hunger’, Goal 12 ‘responsible consumption and production’ and Goal 13 ‘climate change’.

They have been featured in the BBC, Mashable, Business insider, Channel 4, Barclays, and were officially ranked as the 7th Top Sustainable Startup by TechRound.


Samantha Kempe – IMMO Capital

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Samantha Kempe is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer at IMMO Capital. Samantha has over 15 years’ experience in the real estate sector, working for leading international real estate companies including PwC and Blackstone, prior to founding IMMO Capital. From 2017-2018, she was co-president of the Women in Business Club at London Business School where she holds an MBA.

Samantha attended Loughborough University (BA Hons: Industrial); Kingston University (MA: Real Estate Finance and Investment), and London Business School (MBA : Business and Administration)

Founded in 2017, IMMO Capital is one of the most innovative investment managers and operators in the property sector having been awarded “Tech Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum.

The firm is harnessing technology to unlock the Single Family Rental (SFR) asset class, a previously untapped sector within the $50 trillion residential real estate market in Europe. Through an ambitious pipeline including some of the world’s largest investment managers, IMMO Capital utilises unique AI and machine learning technology which digitises the entire investment cycle from the sourcing, through to underwriting and assembling portfolios for investors with decreased risk and at scale. Providing a true end-to-end service for clients, this will result in decreased risk, stabilised rental income, capital appreciation and best-in-class property management for the emerging and growing proptech sector.

Traditionally, it would have taken years for an investor to assemble a portfolio of hundred individual SFR assets. Using the IMMO Capital platform, this can be done in a matter of months, for the first time making SFR investing an attractive alternative to other real estate investment opportunities in Europe.

The IMMO Capital model has proven successful in Hamburg where it sourced >20,000 assets worth €3.6BN evaluated from 27 data sources, refined to >2,000 in-criteria assets for in-person inspection, capturing 280+ data points per asset and reached offer stage within 24 hours.

Following successful ventures in Germany, IMMO Capital plans to expand across Europe in the next few months and has $2bn in committed capital to deploy through their platform. A strong advantage of the company’s proprietary technology is that it is replicable and easy to scale. The company’s ability to deliver this via its innovative platform resulted in Goldman Sachs and Fintech Collective citing IMMO Capital as the ‘real estate asset manager of the future’.


Luke Troy Trotman – Dexify

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Dexify was founded by Loughborough University graduate Luke Trotman. The business aims to make Defi Investing smarter, easier and more automated. The platform is able to automatically connect the best traders through smart mirror vault contracts which are referred to as Dexfunds. Asset management is guaranteed to be secure, proven and accessible for customers providing they have an internet connection.

In addition to this, Dexify will discover some of the best asset managers which haven’t yet had the opportunity to prove their capabilities. The platform encourages customers to trust those who have consistent results instead of simply promoting themselves via social media.

The company also promotes safety, with their AI/ML risk rating. This is in place to analyse Dexfunds keeping investors as safe as possible. As blockchain provides full transparency, moral hazards do not exist in the same way they do in traditional finance. Dexify is therefore a revolutionary and up and coming platform for automatically managing capital.


Anthony Taylor – Limelight Digital

Anthony Taylor

The Digital Marketing Agency in Loughborough founded by graduate Anthony Taylor is aimed at helping startups and growing businesses online. Limelight offers services such as SEO, PPC, Social Media Marketing and other online solutions that help online startup businesses get off the ground.

Limelight is known as ‘the startup for startups’ as they help small to medium sized tech startups progress in an increasingly competitive landscape. Despite being a small team, Limelight are working with several large tech startups and managing a media spend in excess of a million pounds per annum.

Just a handful of the sectors that Limelight clients fall under include: Construction, Dental, Education & Automotive and being an online company allows them to work with clients across the world. Even though the company is currently just under 4 years old, the company has worked with several household names such as CarMoney, Cargiant, Contra Vision, Motorpoint, The Ice Cream Farm, Jewson, Shoe Zone, Peter Vardy & many more.


Karen Liu – HARKII

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HARKII was founded by Loughborough University graduate Karen Liu after she finished her studies in 2016. The business she has since created is a dynamic digital media company which is currently based in London. HARKII has a strong focus on independent and individual musicians alongside creative audio and sound research.

HARKII also has an online hub where it displays regular original content, and also plans to revamp how talent within the audio industry manages to communicate and promote their own content. HARKII offers a mix of reporting and commentary on stories surrounding independent musicians as well as creative audio projects and also academic research.

HARKII have also recently expanded their content map into the Chinese market on companies such as Tencent, Sohu and Wangyi – some of the largest Internet companies. HARKII has become a verified channel of their partners due to the content being highly specialised.

In addition to this, HARKII offers various content creation services which range from brand development and production of videos and photography, and they also work in creation and management. HARKII helps their clients to enter the Chinese market through specialising in the development of individual strategies in place of of line-production style services.


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