Winner of the Innovate Ingenuity Award

“The level of talent at the New Designers Show this year was outstanding” said Innovate Managing Director, Alastair Swanwick. From portable washing machines for refugees to vibrating motion sensors for blind people, the creative ingenuity required to think outside the box was truly exceptional. Nevertheless, one invention stood out from the rest; an invention that displayed cleverness, inventiveness and commercial viability. It was Cyclopic – an apple green bike with futuristic Tron-like aesthetics – that caught the Managing Director’s eye.

Managing Director, Alastair Swanwick said: “Without a doubt, South Bank University really shone this year, the standard of their projects were really high. Alan’s product is a testament to the exceptional teaching that the BSc (Hons) Engineering Product Design course has to offer. It provides gifted students with the expertise, skills and knowledge required to excel as young aspiring product designers. The technical understanding and attention to detail really impressed me this year. We hope that now, Innovate can help advise Alan on how to get his product to market.”

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs.

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) have been supporting Cyclopic Ltd on prototyping the bike using technical expertise and free access to their CNC 5 and 3 axis mills, SLS 3D printer. AUB have also awarded Cyclopic Ltd an AUB-ERDF innovation grant for design development.

UK Start-Up Cyclopic Ltd nominated by DIT to attend CoMotion LA and Automobility 2019 – Los Angeles


CoMotion LA 2019 and the UK SMEs blazing a trail

Annual Los Angeles transport conference, CoMotion LA, brings together the major players in the brave new world of the urban mobility revolution that will transform our places. Alex Weedon, Connected Places Catapult’s Director of SME Strategy, was our man on the ground at the event this year. Here is what he made of it.

On 12 November I arrived in a warm, misty Los Angeles and contemplated the huge struggle to get to my hotel in Downtown LA. The choices had a range of prices and journey lengths, but all of the options were road-based: ride-hailing, taxi and bus. LAX is the largest airport in the world not to have a rail link to its host city. However, this, some might say oversight, in LA’s connected places planning was not reflected in the breadth of delegates and exhibitors at CoMotion. It’s an exciting time for mobility in LA, and even more so for the 10 UK SMEs that were chosen to join the trailblazing CoMotion LA 2019 conference cohort.

Advanced Engineering 2019 – NEC Birmingham

The UK’s largest annual exhibition and conference for advanced manufacturers & supply chain professionals.

Advanced Engineering provided great networking, technology and innovation showcase for manufacturers, suppliers and technology partners.

Cyclopic Ltd were invited to exhibit the game changing technologies on this 2 day event gaining significant interests and connections.

Cenex LCV 2019 – Low Carbon Vehicle Event, Millbrook

Cenex-LCV is the UK’s premier low carbon vehicle event incorporating four keys features:

  • Technology exhibition
  • Extensive seminar programme
  • Facilitated networking with the low carbon community
  • Ride & drive of the latest research & development and commercially available vehicles

Cyclopic were invited to exhibit their electric drive-system for the centreless wheel at the Government Pavilion at LCV Cenex 2019  – Millbrook Proving Ground.

SMMT Connected – 2019

April 4 saw the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Connected 2019 conference take place in London – the pace of development of connected and autonomous vehicles in the two years since the last event two years ago has been astonishing.

SMMT Connected 2019 provided an unparalleled opportunity for the UK automotive sector to showcase and discuss the latest developments and challenges around connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Shortlisted – Future Mobility Challenge 2018

The challenges cities face are well known, from congestion and poor air quality to spatial constraints and poor public transport connectivity. Cyclopic Ltd was shortlisted in the urban mobility solutions for future cities challenge;
– Solve parking challenges

  • Solve parking challenges
  • Efficient passenger pick-up and drop-off systems
  • Affordable and commercially viable integrated transport services
  • Better mobility solutions for underserved by public transport, the aged or those with disabilities
  • Scalable and commercially viable propositions for active mobility (e.g. pedal bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters) to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce congestion and as part of multi-modal journeys.

South Bank University Student Stands Out

Before the prize-giving ceremony, the Managing Director and respective Innovate judges had not met the inventor. So, it came as a surprise when Cyclopic inventor, Alan Rallings, was not your typical twenty-something undergraduate designer – synonymous with New Designer exhibitors. In fact, Alan had attended South Bank University as a mature student just as Managing Director, Alastair Swanwick, had done back in 1996-2000.

Unbeknownst to Innovate, after discussions of a potential patent draft for Cyclopic using Innovate’s expert IP services, it turned out that Alan was already a client. He had registered an entirely different project so that Innovate could conduct a worldwide patent search.