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The Big Idea Challenge 2020

Brooklands College is excited to have hosted the first stage of the annual competition in conjunction with London Metropolitan University. The Big idea Challenge gives college students the opportunity to dream big and take their invention or business model to the next level.

A Big Idea can change your life.

This year’s competition was organised by our Level 3 Business students. Our students across various departments were tasked to create an innovative idea which could solve an issue, enhance our lives, deliver a service or generally meet the needs of the public. They must take into account the costs involved, viability of their idea, public demand and sustainability of the business amongst other things.

Each team then went on to deliver an engaging pitch to our panel of judges comprising of three governors and an outreach office from The London Metropolitan University. The judges carefully analysed each pitch, considering the value of each clever concept.

After much deliberation, the winners of the first stage at Brooklands College were chosen:

Idea: EnviroBin
Team: Dara Charim, Luke Greaves, Ryan Bloomfield & Ross Taylor

Idea: Travel Pack
Team: Leila Bowyer, Matthew Jensen & David Swift

The top teams from colleges around the UK proceeded to the bootcamp stage hosted by Natwest. The best ideas are showcased through a 60-escond video pitch, the decision is then down to the general public who cast their votes and ultimately decide the winners of the competition. This really is an opportunity of a lifetime as prizes include internships, business mentoring and assistance to turn the winning idea into a reality!

“Over the past few months the competition has been whittled down to just 18 teams. Today the teams met with a mentor who spent the day with them refining their idea and preparing them for a pitch in front of their peers.

IT students had Kenny Jackson Forrest from Style & Trashion as their mentor for their Travel Pack Idea – a sustainable way of recycling tents left at festivals and also an opportunity to help the homeless.

Business students had Ellie from NatWest bank as their mentor for their EnviroBin Idea – an easy way to identify and help households recycle rubbish.”

– Nicole Kemp, Business Lecturer

We are proud to have two Brooklands College teams successfully through to the final stage of The Big Idea Challenge 2020. The final will be held in May and we wish our students the very best of luck! 

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