AN INVENTOR and entrepreneur from Pinner has been recognised by industry giants Shell for his room divider design.
Michael Korn, 30, grew up in Old Hall Close, and was awarded the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year at a ceremony on November 9, at the Confederation of British Industry’s headquarters.
Mr Korn, who now lives in East Finchley, designed a versatile screen which folds away and can be used in any open plan buildings and is currently being sold across the world.
The former Haberdashers’ Aske’s and Cambridge University student said: “It was a great recognition of all the hard work I have been doing to build the business up over the last year.”
The prize money of £10,000 will go straight back into his business KwickScreen, which he set up while studying for a masters degree at the Royal College of Art.
Screens are already in place in Northwick Park hospital, which was the first big order for the company.
Mr Korn said the design is inspired by a frog’s tongue as it is retractable and the snap brackets at the top and bottom bend to allow the screens to form a room around a patient.
The product is made in Corby and Mr Korn hopes the company will become as big as Dyson. He has plans for new products in the future and greater expansion.
Mr Korn added: “My business nearly didn’t make it off the starting blocks.
“When my wife told me she was pregnant, she said I had to get the business up and running before the baby was born or else get a ‘proper’ job.
“Isaac was born just two days after the first order came through, so the business was saved.”