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21 Feb 2019

Loughborough University London hosts entrepreneurial event for students from London universities

A group of students took part in an event hosted by Loughborough University London alongside students from five other London-based universities earlier this month.

Almost seventy students from Loughborough London, University of East London, University College London, London College of Fashion, Birkbeck (University of London) and London South Bank University came together and attended the entrepreneurial hack event.

Students were asked to work in teams and think of innovative ideas to solve the question ‘How do you make London’s creative industries more sustainable?’.

The winning team – which featured Parika Soni, a Loughborough London student – designed an app which encourages users to be lost as an exploration tourism tool. They were awarded a cash prize of £2,000 to be shared between the five members.

The runners up – a team of all Loughborough London students (Sarintip Thanyaset, Nikhil Ramaraj, Haamid Iqbal and Olga Milevska) – were announced as the runners up and received a prize of £1,000. Their idea suggested turning the fibres from fast fashion into sustainable water bottles.

The event was designed to prepare students who were interested in applying to the London Mayors competition, The Mayor’s Entrepreneur.

This initiative funds up to three prizes of £20,000 to students or recent graduates from a London university who have a savvy business idea that can improve the capital city.

Hayley Jones, Student Enterprise Adviser at the London campus, commented: “We had so many positive comments about the event, particularly the inspirational and welcoming atmosphere students felt.

“We now hope some of the Loughborough London students will take their ideas further, using the cash prizes to develop and support them along the way.”