Twitter founder invests in Oxford laundry start-up

first_imgOriginally catering for students at the University, Oxwash now has more than 4000 paying customers and has secured “several hundred” business contracts.  The investment, announced at the start of May, will allow the company to launch operations nationally and grow their operations and executive teams. Oxwash was previously operating on a £300,000 pre-seed round.  Among the new backers are Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, founder Paul Forster, TrueSight Ventures, and Founders Factory. The funding round also includes several unnamed angel investors.  “We’re all incredibly excited to expand our team and bring clinically-clean and sustainable laundry and dry cleaning to everyone.” Speaking to Cherwell, Grant said: “With this new investment Oxwash will be able to dedicate resources to expanding our proprietary washing technology, hire new team members both operational and executive, as well as expand into new geographies such as London. Oxwash, the high-tech Oxford-based laundry start-up, has secured a £1.4 million funding injection to aid with expansion.  “We’re aiming to combine zero-emission laundry with world-class disinfection to ensure people are safe from textile pathogen transmission in the future.” Grant, a former NASA engineer, has two years of experience researching microorganisms at the space agency. He and his team have developed an ozone-based cleaning process which requires less energy and is safer than traditional laundry methods, which rely on chemicals and high temperatures.  Founded in 2017 by Oxford student Dr Kyle Grant, Oxwash aims to disrupt the way laundry is cleaned and delivered. By reengineering the traditional laundry process they have succeeded in cutting associated emissions, and are working towards reaching zero net carbon emissions for delivery and washing services.  Pollutant producing delivery services have been replaced by a fleet of electric cargo bikes which deliver to customers locally.  Grant added: “With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been working hard to support both the primary and secondary healthcare sectors with disinfection and washing of PPE, scrubs and medical uniforms. We’re now working with labs in the Netherlands to verify our disinfection coupled with our proprietary ambient temperature washing.  Over the last two months, the company has sought to address the challenges posed by COVID-19 and is working closely with the NHS to provide services for local GP surgeries.  The £1.4 million seed will allow washing hubs (dubbed “Lagoons” by the company) to be set up in cities across the country. Hubs will be located centrally to allow for bike transportation, and customers will be able to benefit from next day door-to-door service. last_img read more

Vin Scully Avenue to be officially dedicated Monday at Dodger Stadium

first_imgKen Klein of Echo Park wrote that “Vin Scully Plaza would be a very fitting tribute to this man, who is after all only a sportscaster, not a war hero, or an officer fallen in the line of duty, or a revered community leader. Give the man his due, but not the whole street.”City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who proposed the name change, has called Scully “the voice and symbol of baseball, not just for the Dodgers but the entire nation.”The 88-year-old Bronx-born Scully has announced Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. He has said the 2016 season will be his last.Scully has been an announcer longer than anyone else in sports history. A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona. Several speakers today opposed changing the street’s name in honor of the Hall of Fame broadcaster who began announcing Dodger games when Harry S. Truman was president.One opponent, Jackelyn Valladares, said she grew up going to the park and goes running through it regularly.“I feel that Elysian Park Avenue is the entrance to the park — it’s not the entrance to the Dodgers,” said Valladares, who lives about a half mile from Elysian Park. “It’s the entrance to quinceaneras, the parties, the police academy. It’s much more than just the Dodgers.”The Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park and the Echo Park Improvement Association also opposed the idea, with several people joining them in writing protest letters to the city saying the change “blot(s) out the name of a beloved public institution and city resource, Elysian Park.”They backed dedicating another spot — the intersection of Stadium Way and Elysian Park Avenue — as “Vin Scully Plaza.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council today renamed a street leading to Dodger Stadium after Vin Scully, whose 67 seasons as the Dodgers play-by-play man concludes this year.The council’s vote finalizes a process started in January to rename Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way as “Vin Scully Avenue.”A dedication ceremony for the sign is scheduled for Monday, in time for the Dodgers’ opening day.The Dodgers earlier this week replaced the address on its “Welcome to Dodgers” entrance sign to read 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, in anticipation of today’s vote.last_img read more

Gopi wins Asian Marathon Championship gold

first_imgNovember 26, 2017 SHARE COMMENTS Published on COMMENTcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Gopi Thonakal became the first India man to win Asian Marathon Championship after he achieved the feat in the 16th edition of the prestigious event, here today.Gopi clocked 2 hours 15 minutes and 48 seconds to clinch the gold.Andrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver with a timing of 2:15:51s while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won bronze by clocking 2:16:14s.Gopi, thus, became the first Indian man to win the title after the formation of separate Asian Marathon championships.Earlier Asha Agarwal won the women’s title when it was part of the biennial Asian Track & Field Championships. sportlast_img