Bootcamper Nick Wins Microsoft IE8 Life Academy Competition!

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 Life Academy is a competition to celebrate the Internet’s wealth of possibilities and let entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 25 explore their potential and win £10,000 to make their idea happen. And that’s exactly what one of our Entrepreneurs Bootcamp graduates has just done!

Nick Palfrey, MD of Plymouth-based MooFu Ltd, has developed the Learning Environment Virtual Reality On-Line Simulator (or LEVROS for short!).  From the education-based work that MooFu undertakes, Nick knew that whilst the Government has set out a campaign to build Schools For The Future, they were not being successful in properly engaging students in the design process. So he developed an idea for schools and colleges to use simulator/video games to develop learning spaces. Using games methodology and software will enable 3D models of proposed schools to be explored by students, teachers and parents with amendments made and sent back to the architects. What’s more the software runs on Internet Explorer 8!

Using his contacts gained through the Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, Nick has made friends with some of the world’s leading experts and has begun prototyping the idea. And impressing the IE8 Life Academy judges with both his initial pitch and his calmness under the glare of the judging spotlight won him the Creativity Explorer prize, which will enable him to promote the idea further and secure further development funds.

Well Done Nick – the Entrepreneurs Bootcamp is really proud of you!

11/07/2008 EB News Archive


Article written by Matt Fleming, Plymouth Herald Newspaper 11/7/08

Former Devonport High School for Boys student and now a Hollywood actor, Joey Ansah helped launch the publicity for a multi-purpose studio Bootcamp Graduate Nick Palfrey’s MooFu Ltd.  Joey, who played an assassin in Hollywood blockbuster The Bourne Ultimatum, wanted to put his face to the new facility, based at Plymouth’s Airport Business Centre.

Nick commented to the Plymouth Herald: “We make educational products, like films and resources for schools. We wanted to expand the business and make it multi-purpose, so we designed the new centre with video suites, a music studio – all sorts. It will open in early August, but we wanted Joey to put his face to it beforehand so we can tell people all about it and show it will have star quality.”

Joey’s stepbrother, Tom McCaren, is the commercial studio manager at MooFu, and he wanted him to help publicise the new multi-purpose centre. A fight scene with Joey in action was filmed last week in a city warehouse at the airport business centre.

MooFu was the result of Nick’s experience of going through the 2007 Entrepreneurs Bootcamp. He said “The concept behind MooFu had existed for a while and the Bootcamp’s support allowed my idea to become reality. I was introduced to successful business people and they convinced me that my idea was the perfect recipe to form a successful business.”