Harry’s 3D venture snaps up £5k prize

PUBLISHED: 18:30 21 May 2012

Harry Furneaux receiving the award for winning the University of Greenwich Business Plan Competition.

Harry Furneaux receiving the award for winning the University of Greenwich Business Plan Competition.

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A UNIVERSITY student from Sidford, whose company could be the first in the world to produce instant 3D photos for tourists, has won a coveted business award.

Harry Furneaux’s Active Snaps has already had interest from top UK attractions including the London Dungeon and could appear on television hit Dragons’ Den.

The idea was so original that it won Harry, 24, the University of Greenwich Business Plan Competition and its £5,000 prize.

The second year politics undergraduate said: “I can’t believe it. I was up against so many good ideas.

“I’m delighted and hoping that the money will help me promote my work.”

His venture works by taking photographs of a tourist at an attraction such as Tower of London or Big Ben, running them through software and producing a 3D picture for the visitor to take home.

It is thought to be the only such service in the world.

Harry, whose family home is in Harcombe Lane, has three businesses on the go currently and has run several in the past with varying degrees of success.

He added: “It’s great to have had a good idea that has been recognised.”

The University of Greenwich provided business coaching to students taking part in the competition.

Harry beat all 140 at the final stage with his 90-second pitch to an expert panel of judges.

The former Sidmouth College pupil hopes to pursue business as a career but is keeping his options open.

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