Track the progress of NEXTGEN 2022

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Introducing the winner of NEXTGEN 2022

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Caption: Left to right: Ashley Foxcroft, Freedom Technologies (Finalist), James Eaton, IONETIC (Winner), Simone Panella, Dyamotech (Finalist) and Dexter Hutchings, The Apprentice Voice (Finalist).

The NEXTGEN 2022 Competition comes to a close

As this year’s NEXTGEN competition draws to a close, we celebrate all our finalists and this year's winner, 23-year-old James Eaton whose idea captured our interests from the get-go with his innovative rechargeable battery technology for niche players in the automotive industry. James along with the three other finalists, Ashley Foxcroft of Freedom Technologies, Simone Panella from Dyamotech and Dexter Hutchings from The Apprentice Voice, were competing for the NEXTGEN trophy and £25,000 worth of business support.

30 minute dragon’s den style presentation

The award ceremony took place at The Roseate in Central Reading, saw all of them pitch their business idea to a Dragon’s Den style panel of experts in just 30 minutes. The panel then fed back any general tips or advice as well as finally announcing the winner; James Eaton the founder of IONETIC, a designer and manufacturer of rechargeable battery technology.

Smart technology and innovation

The finalists pitched their innovative business plans too which had a theme of smart technology and innovation throughout. Finalist, Ashley Foxcroft, from Freedom Technologies shared his Virtual Reality footwear product, whilst Simone Panella from Dyamotech shared his unique technology developed for the inside of rugby headgear to measure possible concussions in children. Fellow finalist, Dexter Hutchings, from The Apprentice Voice, also shared his business idea with the panelists, an organisation helping support apprentices find their perfect placements.

Paul Worthington

Helping as many entrepreneurs as possible

Woodwhite Accountants Founder and creator of the NEXTGEN Awards, Paul Worthington, was really impressed with all of the finalists as he summarised the day perfectly; “This competition focuses minds. It makes you think about your business plan, even if it does nothing else. We had a number of applications and we shortlisted the best four. Those people who we haven't taken through to the final we've offered to meet up with to see if we can help their businesses. Along with the package that we've given to the winner, we've also made relationships with the other finalists and we've said, if we can help you in whatever way we can, we will invest time in doing so.”

Making the NEXTGEN 2022 award presentation

Paul Worthington, Head Judge and director or WoodWhite Accountants sums up each of the NEXTGEN 2022 finalists before naming the winner at the prestigious Roseate Hotel in Reading, Berkshire on 18 March 2022.

James Eaton of Ionetic is the nextgen 2022 winner

Hear from James Eaton, the founder of IONETIC about what it feels like to be the winner of NEXTGEN 2022 and also listen to Paul Worthington, Head Judge and director of WoodWhite Accountants explain why the panel selected him, and outline what he will receive.

Why should entrepreneurs apply for nextgen?

See what it feels like to be one of the finalists and listen to them explaining why entrepreneurs should apply for NEXTGEN.

Which business concepts were finalists in nextgen 2022?

Discover why each of the NEXTGEN 2022 finalists developed their business concepts and why they believe that they are so compelling.

Ashley Foxcroft, Freedom Technologies - nextgen 2022 finalist

Discover why Ashley Foxcroft of Freedom Technologies developed his business concept and why he believes it is so compelling.

Simone Panella, Dymaotech - nextgen 2022 finalist

Discover why Simone Panella of Dyamotech developed his business concept and why he believes it is so compelling.

Dexter Hutchings, the apprentice voice - nextgen 2022 finalist

Discover why NEXTGEN 2022 Finalist, Dexter Hutchings of The Apprentice Voice developed his business concept and why he believes it is so compelling.

James Eaton, Ionetic - nextgen 2022 winner

Discover why NEXTGEN 2022 Winner, James Eaton of IONETIC developed his business concept and why he believes it is so compelling.


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Congratulations to all the NEXTGEN 2022 Finalists

Here are the finalists who competed for the NEXTGEN trophy and £25,000 worth of business support.

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James Eaton

500+ LinkedIn connections

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IONETIC

IONETIC design and manufacture battery pack platforms and automate the design process to optimise the solution for each client. This gives us comparable optimisation as expensive consultancies but cost competitive with off the shelf solutions. We will also manufacture the battery pack and deliver it to the assembly line. Our goal is simple: to develop world leading battery technology and reduce global carbon emissions. We want to become the go-to for battery pack design, testing, or manufacture. On a personal note, I dream of seeing a car I designed, built, and manufactured drive past me. This is the first step in that dream

Ashley Foxcroft

Ashley Foxcroft

161 LinkedIn connections

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Freedom Technologies Limited

Freeaim is developing innovative, compact and affordable Virtual Reality (VR) Shoes which provide a natural feeling and safe solution for walking in virtual reality. Our aim is to be the go-to solution for natural-feeling and immersive walking in VR and have the potential to scale up to be a global key player in Immersive VR and wearables technology.

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Katie Fiddaman

500+ LinkedIn connections

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The Apprentice Voice

The Apprentice Voice is business consultancy for apprentice employers, offering recruitment, mentoring, mental health, and business audit services. Our ambition is to be the favourable partner for apprenticeship recruitment, productivity, and retention for apprentice employers.

Dexter Hutchings

Dexter Hutchings

500+ LinkedIn connections

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The Apprentice Voice

The Apprentice Voice is business consultancy for apprentice employers, offering recruitment, mentoring, mental health, and business audit services. Our ambition is to be the favourable partner for apprenticeship recruitment, productivity, and retention for apprentice employers.

Niamh Mulhall

Niamh Mulhall

500+ LinkedIn connections

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The Apprentice Voice

The Apprentice Voice is business consultancy for apprentice employers, offering recruitment, mentoring, mental health, and business audit services. Our ambition is to be the favourable partner for apprenticeship recruitment, productivity, and retention for apprentice employers.

Simone Panella

Simone Panella

457 LinkedIn connections

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Dyamotech Limited

Dyamotech is working on a technology that will be inserted inside rugby headgears with the aim of helping children in rugby recognise, immediately, a possible concussion while playing. Our vision is to make injury prevention in sport affordable to everyone, with the help of new advanced technologies. Starting from protecting the most fragile of our organs, the brain.

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