UEA Innovation and Impact Awards


Two businesses that have received support from EIRA have gone on to win in the University of East Anglia’s Innovation and Impact Awards last week. George Bailey from Coral Eyewear, and James Rogers and Callum Coombes from Safepoint, picked up awards in the category for Student or Graduate Innovation and Enterprise.

Coral Eyewear is a new business venture from current UEA student George Bailey, who has created a line of sustainable eyewear from ECONYL regenerated nylon, which is made from fishing nets and other plastic waste rescued from oceans and landfills around the world.

Safepoint is a web and mobile software platform that allows businesses to ensure the safety of their employees, whilst easily staying compliant with today’s health and safety regulations. Formed by UEA graduates James Rogers and Callum Coombes in 2018, the Safepoint lone worker solution brings together a reliable, user-friendly app for iOS and Android with a comprehensive guardian portal.

Both businesses have received support from EIRA through our Innovation Internships scheme. This scheme places students and recent graduates from our partner institutions within eligible businesses to work on a project that aligns with EIRA’s three core themes of digital creative, AI or biotechnology, or boosts productivity for the business.

Massive congratulations to both businesses for winning in their category!