The winners of the University of Sydney’s 2017 Student Challenge, Somnium Lab, stole the show at Innovation Week, with a perfectly customisable pillow and an autonomous UAV-based system that can detect airborne pathogens. The annual event gives student-led teams the opportunity to pitch their best ideas to a panel made up of entrepreneurs, industry, government, academics and fellow students.
MoM speaks with Miles Tycho Hugh to find out what the next steps are for the start-up and how they plan to market their revolutionary product.
More than just an idea.
MoM: How was the Somium Lab pillow conceived?
MoM: What have been the challenges thus far?
MoM: What is the most rewarding aspect of starting your own business?
- Being able to make something that is your own.
- Access to a great and eclectic network of interesting and inspiring people through the startup community.
MoM: What advice could you give students wishing to get involved in a start-up?
- Build an MVP and get it out there.
- Ideas are great but they need to be acted upon.
- Don’t cry over spilt milk.
- Don’t get too attached to any singular course of action.
- Perfect is the enemy of the good.
- Remember what you want from your start-up and operate accordingly.
- Don’t work yourself into oblivion; you are your start-up – it will break if you do.
MoM: What is the most critical part of achieving success in a start-up?
MoM: Why a pillow, of all things?
Miles Tycho HughCurrent student awarded the Honours Canon Scholarship and joint winner with Suri Susilo of the 2017 Student Innovation Challenge at the University of Sydney Business School.