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Our Students Need Your Vote!

It’s that time of the year where our Business students participate in The Big Idea Challenge, an enterprise initiative by London Metropolitan University. Over the course of a few months, students across the UK get involved and compete in multiple stages across the competition with the aim to progress and build on their ideas.

Students are tasked to think up innovative ideas for a business model and present them to a panel of judges. Two groups are taking on further in the competition to work with expert mentors and develop their ideas. They then create plans for how their idea can be turned into a reality with the aim to solve a problem or deliver a positive customer experience. 

This is where we come to the present day – the students have filmed video pitches discussing their exciting business concepts. The decision is now in your hands – the general public – to vote for your favourite idea of the competition. 

We have two entries in this years competition from our Business students: UV BOX and Supply Stop. 

Idea: UV BOX
Mayson Banks, BTEC Level 3 Business student
A new UV light post box that kills all bacteria on your mail before it arrives through your letterbox.
Watch Video & Vote for UV BOX

Idea: Supply Stop
Christian Patellaro & Ben Waldie, BTEC Level 3 Business students
A pop up shop that supports homeless people by offering vital supplies while they’re living on the street.
Watch Video & Vote for Supply Stop 

I am very proud of these 1st year students they really embraced the big idea competition this year, initially they were tasked with trying to solve problems that affect them directly and then are asked to widen their scope, looking at target markets and the size of the market – this helps them work out how they will pitch their business idea and what the market share might be. 
 
I am delighted that both UVBOX and Supply Stop have looked beyond their wants and needs and have created a product and a service (respectively) that benefit the wider community and raise awareness in society. 
 
The competition was structured differently this year due to covid restrictions, but the format was essentially the same both groups attended a virtual workshop session and were appointed a mentor, who helped develop their ideas and refine their pitches, Mayson recorded and edited his own video – skills that he learnt last year whilst studying Media at Brooklands College. Christian and Ben’s pitch was filmed in the classroom. 
 
– Nicole, Business Lecturer

Voting Ends Sunday 25th May! The idea with the most votes will be crowned the People’s Choice winner at the virtual awards night on Thursday 27th May.

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