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April 2016

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The Big Idea Challenge

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The Big Idea Challenge

On Thursday 28th April 2016, London Metropolitan University's Accelerator Project hosted an awards night to reveal and recognise the winners of The Big Idea Challenge 2016 as well as its college edition. The Big Idea Challenge was set up recently, with the goal of discovering and helping people in academia with their enterprises and business dreams. This was the biggest year yet, and the first year in which The Big Idea Challenge for Colleges was run. BSix was represented by Team Table Pad (Elvir, Jailine, Josselyn and Sanjessen) and Team Seed Card (Carol, Idris and Shuab). The event was held at The Trampery, a stunning venue near Old Street. Our students were also supported by friends, family, relatives and other teachers.

The Big Idea

The reception was full of spectacles including a string instrument duo, an Oculus gaming experience and a Sweet Potato Crisps cart. Students were dressed to kill and the stage was set!

Following the vote, it was revealed that the winner of The People's Choice award went to: Team Table Pad! All four founders went forward to collect their reward and deliver a speech full of gratitude.

The Big Idea

It was time for the overall winners of The Big Idea Challenge for colleges, and it was clear that this idea was a firm favourite amongst the judges as well as many voters: Team Seed Card!

Carol, Idris and Shuab received their award and thanked everyone that had helped them along the way, recognising that there's yet a long way to go.

Throughout the evening, we heard from entrepreneurs and keynote speakers from various industries, including:

  • Dominic Cools-Lartigue, Founder of Street Feast
  • Alice Mayor, Founder of We Built This City
  • Chris Kettle, Entrepreneur Development Manager, NatWest
  • Warwick Hill, MD of Microsoft Accelerator London

Hearing about their experiences revealed a lot about the risky world of business and starting out with your own ideas. Many businesses have benefitted from support from various advisers and organisations, and now it was time to find out who the real winners were.

See more on http://bigideachallenge.co/ and continue to support BSix students as they enter the world of enterprise.

Quinland Anderson