Laurence Kemball-Cook is the founder of Pavegen, an innovative floor tile technology that converts the kinetic energy from human footfall to renewable electricity.
Laurence entered the RSA Student Design Awards 'After the Post Office' brief in 2004/5 for which he developed Post Pod, a wireless unit that made it much easier for Postmasters to set up mobile Post Office services to remote communities.
His entry won £5,000, which he used to establish Pavegen Systems. This renewable form of energy is used to power street lighting and other items of street furniture. Pavegen has secured contracts to supply installations in the UK and abroad, now employing twenty staff with a turnover of over £20 million.
Laurence was voted Businessman of the year 2013 at the international PEA awards, Shell Livewire Entrepreneur of the year finalist 2011, first place in the Santander Entrepreneurship Award 2012, and Most Inspirational Young Person for the 2012 Climate Week Awards.