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MoSTLi’s next-generation battery technology leads them to victory at the Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition 2023

MoSTLi, a next-generation battery startup pitched by Ismail Sami, has won this year’s hotly contested Chris Abell Postdoc Business Competition, beating battery tech peers and others to secure the £20,000 first prize provided by Cambridge Enterprise.

MoSTLi was selected by the judges for its groundbreaking developments in the battery space. The firm is utilising lithium-sulphur batteries developed with funding from the Faraday Institution, which promise higher energy density than alternatives whilst also being cost-effective, light-weight and capable of utilising existing manufacturing processes. The company will target a number of sectors, including drones, satellites, vehicles, and aerospace.


"The experience of the competition has been incredible. We've come a long way from where we started a few months ago, and our journey has very much been shaped by the feedback from the mentors and judges  through the Chris Abell competition. We're now ready o come out of the University, look for investment, and get started. "  Dr Ismail Sami, Dept of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge and Faraday Research Fellow


The competition, named in honour of the late Professor Chris Abell, a former Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Cambridge and a fervent supporter of postdoctoral entrepreneurship, celebrates the innovative spirit and entrepreneurial drive of the University’s postdoctoral community.

Read the full Cambridge Enterprise article

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