Harry Furneaux presented Active Snaps, his instant 3D photo business at the 2012 University of Greenwich Business Plan Competition and won. He is now poised for a giant leap as the provider of the main photography service at London’s Madame Tussaud’s waxworks and Sealife Centre, having been snapped up by Merlin Entertainments.
Final year Politics BA Hons student Harry, 24, taught himself to write the software which takes a 2D image and overlays it on to a 3D background. He is also set to appear on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den this summer.
Geoffrey Hoodless, one of the judges at the Business Plan Competition, says: “Harry’s success is a fantastic story and shows how entrepreneurs bring new ideas to complement and take forward or challenge existing businesses. The role of start ups in the economy cannot be underestimated, they are the ones who take the risks and look at the market differently and inject new ways of operating that will eventually make legacy systems obsolete. We no longer check a word in a dictionary, we Google it, and that is how things have changed.” Full story.