8power opens new office at Future Business Centre Cambridge

8power Limited, the Cambridge University spin out, focused on commercialising vibration energy harvesting for wireless sensors and Internet of Things devices, is pleased to announce a move to the Allia Future Business Centre in Cambridge UK.

fbc_building_smallAntony Rix, 8power CEO said “Our move to the Future Business Centre will allow us to recruit further staff and accelerate our product development. We have taken enough office space for our expanding team and are delighted to secure workshop space for development, manufacturing and testing of our cutting-edge energy harvesting and wireless technologies”.

The Future Business Centre is located at the heart of the Cambridge technology community and is adjacent to Cambridge Science Park.

Earlier this year 8power received approximately US$1m in seed funding from IP Group plc, the University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund III, managed by Parkwalk Advisors, and Cambridge Enterprise, the commercial arm of Cambridge University. Antony commented “The investment will enable us to move quickly from prototypes to product, firstly for trials and then volume deployments.”

Details of 8power technology can be found at www.8power.com


About 8power

8power is a new start-up company commercialising novel vibration energy harvesting (VEH) technology developed by researchers from the University of Cambridge. The target markets for the technology are self-powered wireless & IoT devices for sensing and measurement in industrial applications.

VEH enables power to be generated from a variety of vibration sources including motors, moving vehicles, or traffic-induced movement in structures such as bridges. The patented technology delivers 10 times higher electrical power than existing VEH systems by employing the principle of parametric resonance. This exciting discovery was pioneered by leading academics at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge.

For more information

Please contact 8power on +44 1223 781610 or www.8power.com

8power Limited, Future Business Centre, King’s Hedges Road, Cambridge CB4 2HY, UK

About Allia Future Business Centre 

Allia Future Business Centre in Cambridge has been created to help people and organisations that want to start or grow an enterprise that has a positive impact on people, planet or place.

They offer affordable and flexible workspace and expert business support through free programmes like Serious Impact to help entrepreneurs start and grow impact ventures
For more information on the Allia Future Business Centre please call 01223 781200 or visit www.futurebusinesscentre.co.uk
Photo courtesy of Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge


8power winner at CW Discovering Startups 2016

8power Limited, a Cambridge startup developing smart sensors for industrial applications, won the 7th CW Discovering Startups Competition in October 2016.

21 October, 2016 – for immediate release

Discovering Startups is the flagship annual startup competition of CW (Cambridge Wireless), the leading networking organisation for the wireless industry. It attracted a wide range of applicants, from which 10 companies were selected to pitch before a high-profile panel of 29 judges from organisations including Barclays, Breed Reply, BT, CIC, Deloitte UK, Google, London Business Angels, Samsung, Silicon Valley Bank, Wayra, and other experts from the technology, investment and venture capital community.

The event, held on 19 October 2016, was kindly hosted by Deloitte and sponsored by Invest in Provence, Dorsey and IC Resources. The event was also supported by Digital Catapult, SETsquared, St. John’s Innovation Centre, Tech City, Tradefair, Department for International Trade, Google and Wayra.

8power was selected as one of the three winners, along with AlgoDynamix from London and 8power’s fellow Cambridge Enterprise and Ideaspace startup Focal Point Positioning.

“All 10 finalists impressed the judges and it was challenging to whittle it down to three winners,” said Bob Driver, CEO at CW. “The competition always creates a buzz and is a great showcase for the very best in tech innovation from the UK and beyond, while the passion and quality of the pitches showed that invention and entrepreneurship are stronger than ever.”

David Cobb, innovation tax partner at Deloitte and one of the judges, said: “The finalists this year lived up to expectations and proved that the UK technology start-up scene is in rude health. Congratulations to the winners, 8power, AlgoDynamix and Focal Point Positioning, who each showed a great breadth of technology expertise and business acumen. While the spotlight is on the three winners it was a tremendous opportunity for all the finalists to get feedback and advice from 28 industry experts and investors that they can use to help drive their businesses forward.”

The three winners all received a Discovering Start-Ups trophy along with:

  • A delegate pass for the 2017 Future of Wireless International Conference
  • Free year’s CW Founder Membership
  • Ticket to attend the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona courtesy of Tradefair and the Department of International Trade
  • A secured place in the semi-finals of the £50K Wayra Acceleration programme

Commenting on the award, Dr Antony Rix, CEO of 8power, said: “We are delighted that the judges recognised 8power’s potential. The quality of pitches was tremendous and we congratulate the other finalists and winners. It was a great event that allowed us to make links both with the investment community and with potential customers. We look forward to building on this success over the coming years.”

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Photo: 8power’s Antony Rix (second from left at the front) with the other two finalists and Discovering Startups judges.