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9 May, 2018 - 22:57 By Tony Quested

Cambridge entrepreneur strives to make dreams come true

Cambridge brains are behind an innovative global community platform designed to encourage entrepreneurial ideas to flourish whether they lead to commercial ventures or social enterprises.

The cross-border, class-neutral venture – branded WorldLabs – integrates social networking, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding to provide access to investment and support from like-minded people around the world. WorldLabs is the brainwave of scientist and philanthropist Max Lehnus, a final year doctoral student at the University of Cambridge. 

He has joined with Swiss finance professional, Andreas Feller and Brazilian engineering expert Flavio Signorelli Mendes to create WorldLabs.

Lehnus said:“According to recent research almost nine out of 10 people in the UK have unfulfilled dreams, most of which are business-related, and three-quarters wish to realise their dream in 2018.

“We have created WorldLabs to provide the necessary connections and technological tools to make this the year when the nation unites to make business ambitions thrive.

“Through the platform, businesses can test and refine their ideas within a global community, build a network of supporters, raise investment and, using our advanced algorithm, network effectively with others who have the skills they need.”

Lehnus devised the WorldLabs concept to assemble a team of people with the expertise to bring his HIV medical test kit to a wider public. After developing a beta version of the platform, he partnered with co-founder Andreas Feller, who, sharing his vision, invested a six-figure sum and proceeded to devote himself to the growth of the company.

After securing further finance from private investors, the entrepreneurs were joined by technical co-founder, Flavio, and a team of international designers, developers and content creators.

Together, supported by the Cambridge Consulting Network, the WorldLabs team have transformed the proof of concept into what they describe as “an active and nurturing eco-system for ideas and innovators.” 

Lehnus says that WorldLabs will always be free to use and that the platform will continually evolve to serve its community’s ever-changing needs, initially launching with Connect (to match relevant users through an advanced algorithm), Projects (to create and showcase initiatives), Feed (to post and view updates), Crowdsourcing (to allow users to source ideas, content and support for their initiatives), Competitions (to allow users to apply, create and manage prize competitions for their initiatives), Video Pitches and Messaging. 

Crowdfunding will follow shortly afterwards.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Andreas Feller, Max Lehnus and Flavio Signorelli Mendes of WorldLabs

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