Student's software snapped up

By Beth Allcock on January 28, 2013 3:25 PM |


Creating a business from your bedroom is the stuff of dreams but for Greenwich student Harry Furneaux, it is soon to be a worldwide reality.

The 24-year-old is founder of an instant three-dimensional photo service, Active Snaps, which takes a two-dimensional image and overlays it onto a 3D background.

And it's an invention which has already been snapped up by Merlin Entertainments, which has made it the main photography service at Madame Tussauds and Sealife Centre.

If it proves to be a success, the service will be rolled out across the globe.

Harry, a final year politics student at Greenwich University, taught himself to write the software in the comfort of his own home and his overall business plan last year secured £5,000 as winner of an internal competition.

And his newly-found business is also set to be presented to BBC's Dragons' Den.

"Merlin Entertainments were looking for a 3D photography company and I jumped in at the right time," he said.

"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 and hopefully I can pick up some advice and investment."

Prof Chris Birch, director of enterprise and innovation in the university's business school, said: "We are delighted with Harry's success.

"This reflects the entrepreneurial talent that we have in the university.

"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."