Entertainment giant snaps up Greenwich student's 3D photo service
By poppy_smith | Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 20:39
A University of Greenwich student is on the verge of worldwide success thanks to a business he invented in his bedroom.
Harry Furneaux's instant 3D photo service for tourist attractions is to be the main photography service at London's Madame Tussaud's waxworks and Sealife Centre after being snapped up by Merlin Entertainments, the second largest theme park company in the world. If it is a success, Active Snaps will be rolled out internationally.
Final year politics student Harry, 24, taught himself to write the software which takes a 2D image and overlays it on to a 3D background. He is also set to appear on BBC TV's Dragons' Den this summer as he looks to expand the business further.
Harry says: "Merlin Entertainments were looking for a 3D photography company and I jumped in at the right time. I pitched six times over the last year and it feels amazing to have won them over. It's a massive opportunity.
"I applied to go on Dragons' Den but didn't think they'd say yes. They did though and hopefully I can pick up some advice and investment!"
Professor Chris Birch Director of Enterprise and Innovation at the university said: "We are delighted with Harry's success. This reflects the entrepreneurial talent that we have in the University of Greenwich. These are the type of business ideas that could gradually transform our economy, and we need to work hard to identify, nurture and support them."
Last May Harry's business plan won him the top prize of £5,000 in the university's Business Plan Competition, which was supported by TheShareRepublic.com and investment company Quintain.