14 Sep 2017
Loughborough University students at European Innovation Academy 2017
This summer six lucky students (pictured) who have been involved in enterprise (via the Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Development) this year were selected to go to the European Innovation Academy in Cascais, Portugal.
They formed teams of five with students from all over the world to work on new business ideas which they pitched to a panel of venture capitalists on the final day of the three-week programme.
They benefitted from mentors brought in from Silicon Valley and a variety of industry experts throughout the programme and all made lifelong friends and business connections.
All five teams involving the Loughborough students made it through to the short list of teams who were selected to pitch their idea, and two of the teams with Loughborough students made the final 10, one of which, ‘Tiger Time’ (pictured), was given the top recommendation by the panel.
Tiger Time is an app for students created by Johnny Valadas-Cartucho (a recent Loughborough engineering graduate) who won the LSU Apply Yourself competition with his idea earlier this year. Johnny was joined in his team in Portugal by Peter Cole who works with TheNuel, one of the graduate businesses in The Studio.
Also attending the programme were:
- Ibz Adegola who is starting his MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management in Loughborough University London (LUL) in October;
- Laura Bradshaw, a Sport Business Innovation PhD student at LUL;
- Elias Ruiz-Monserrat, a design student who was a runner up in the Apply Yourself competition; and
- Priscilla Mukiibi, an International Business student who graduated this summer and aims to set up her own business now that she is back in the UK. You can read about Priscilla’s experience below.