Mechanical Engineering students to attend entrepreneurship programme at MIT

Left to right: Anthony Wainman, Gavin Balmer, Christopher Balmer and Frances Card.

A student team which aims to bring sustainable manufacturing solutions to emerging countries has been invited to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Founders' Skills Accelerator (MIT GFSA) course over the summer, one of the very first groups from outside MIT itself to benefit from the event.

The initiative, designed to develop and inspire student entrepreneurs, to allow them to focus on start-up projects and to give them the tools to support their success in current and future projects.

Anthony Wainman, Christopher Balmer and Frances Card: three Heriot-Watt Mechanical Engineering students together with Gavin Balmer, Electronic & Electrical Engineering student from Edinburgh University, will be supported by the Scottish institute for Enterprise during the 12 week programme which will include classroom sessions with renowned professors and hands-on mentorship from successful entrepreneurs.

The group, who founded Project SWAP (Scan, Waste and Print), will take the opportunity to develop their proposal which involves the use of recycled materials in manufacturing, especially in developing countries.

Anthony said, "This is a tremendous opportunity for all of us. Our courses encourage us to bring together our complementary skills to a very practical development which we hope will not only help recycling and the environment but also benefit consumers in developing countries.

"We know that we stand to gain a lot from this course, and we will also do our best to represent young Scottish entrepreneurialism abroad."