The £10,000 top prize at this year’s UK-wide Varsity Pitch competition goes to Tom Fudge – founder of WASE – a water treatment startup developing technologies to help provide sanitation and energy to remote communities in developing countries.

Varsity Pitch, a national business pitching competition organised by the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs and sponsored by Tata, celebrates the top early-stage business ideas to come out of colleges and universities across the UK.

Tom’s social enterprise startup creates wastewater treatment systems, which generates energy from sewage waste to produce fertilisers, and in turn, it’s used to grow crops and provide clean water.

WASE is on a mission to eradicate poor living conditions and create access to safe sanitation by providing a sustainable decentralised sanitation solution.

The 29-year-old student entrepreneur, from Brunel University, shared with us the inspiration behind his innovative idea, his plan on how to use the Varsity Pitch funding, and advice for aspiring student founders:


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