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Human Powered Submarine 2017

A project by: Southampton University Human Powered Submarine


WE RAISED £9,872

from 39 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 30 Apr 2017

The University of Southampton's Fund for the Greatest Need provides matched funding opportunities for academic priorities focused on advancing research, enterprise and innovation.

Have a whale of a time and help us be propelled to the crest of the wave!

summary of the project

We are the University of Southampton Human Powered Submarine society - a team of mixed engineering students that design and build a submarine powered entirely by human propulsion. We use a systems engineering approach and compete internationally in both the USA and Europe.

This year we will be competing at the 14th International Submarine Races at the Carderock Naval Base outside of Washington DC, but we need your help to get there. We need to raise £10,000 to make this happen, and the University has agreed to match fund up to £5,000, effectively doubling any donation you choose to make!

Please help us to raise the money we need so that we can achieve our aim of being the best team from the UK in this year'scompetition is to be the best team from the UK.

What else do we do?

We work in tandem with the University on various different outreach events with the aim to get more young people interested in STEM subjects. We run various workshops with local schools, inspiring more children to get involved with engineering.

When people join the society they all gain additional workshop training with us, learning how to build and assemble all the different components, furthering their engineering abilities. We try to develop everyone in the society, allowing them to progress and develop skills that will become important assets later in their careers.

How does this help us?

Our society gives students the chance to run a large scale project, managing a multi skills based team with a significant budget. This provides a stepping stone from university to the project management tasks they may face later in their careers. By pledging to our society you are not just helping us to compete but enhancing the members employability and supporting their future careers. Furthermore, supporting us this year will also help to cement the society's position and aid any future members.

Where will the money go?

  • Shipping the submarine to America £4000
  • Testing the submarine £1000
  • Diving training for support £500
  • Rent scuba gear in the USA £1500
  • Van rental for transporting the sub £1000
  • getting the team to Washington £2000

Any additional money raised will be used to further subsidize the teams travel or used to fund entrance to the European competition in 2018!


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Follow us!

To find out more about this project and work our society does, you can find us on Facebook or twitter @SotonSub

Help us succeed!

  • Please share this page with as many people as possible so you can help us to become the best!
  • Just by sharing the page you will be part of the team, propelling us forward.
  • Any donation is greatly appreciated, together this sub can!
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you to everyone that helped us reach an incredible £9,872 from our crowdfunding period! The submarine has been moved from the lab in order to take it to our first testing tomorrow at Andark dive centre!

We will be posting a video of how this went at some point next week so keep an eye out for it.

3 months, 3 weeks ago

Firstly a huge thank you to everyone that has donated to our team so far! However we still have a long way to go so please continue to share the page with as many people as possible.

The build of the submarine is currently flying, the nose cone is ready to be vacuum wrapped and the transmission system is built and ready to be implemented to the hull. We are looking forward to completing the build and starting testing in under a month!

vc-fund matchfunded £4936

Southampton University Human Powered Submarine

generated 297 clicks and caused 17 donations totalling £2505.00

Andy Everitt

generated 118 clicks and caused 6 donations totalling £725.00

University of Southampton Crowdfunding

generated 214 clicks and caused 1 donation of £250.00

Maria Stagno Navarra

generated 78 clicks and caused 2 donations totalling £125.00

Nancy Cronin-Coltsmann

generated 19 clicks and caused 2 donations totalling £60.00


generated 81 clicks and caused 1 donation of £50.00

Jo Forrester

generated 35 clicks, donated £25.00, and caused 1 donation of £50.00

Vasilis Liamis

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Alan Patrick

generated 60 clicks

Elaine Ho

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Thomas Hallmark

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Jake Kitson

generated 12 clicks and donated £10.00

Akmal Ahmed

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donated £500.00


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Adam Studebaker

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Carol Forrester

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Oliver Siederer

donated £10.00

Olivia Reed

donated £5.00

Sam Bourne

donated £5.00

Luis Iñigo




12 anonymous donations totalling £1846.00

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Good luck to Andy and all his team mates

Good Luck.

Good luck to the team!

Charlie -- We wish you every success, and hope that you don't get too wet! Johnnie & Tor Atkins