Four teams of young aspiring entrepreneurs are celebrating today after seeing their business ideas successfully make it through to the final of the Big Ideas Challenge 2019.
The students from New City College are participating in the Big Ideas Challenge, one of the largest business inspired competitions in the UK which is focused at young college students with entrepreneurial ideas and aspirations.
Two teams from New City College's Hackney campus and two from the Redbridge campus have made it through to the final and will compete against 12 other London based colleges to win the coveted prizes.
The awards will be presented at a prestigious awards evening on Thursday May 2 at the Royal Institute in Mayfair, London, where Levi Roots, who will share his incredible entrepreneurial journey with the students.
Winners will be able to come away with fantastic prizes including business mentorship, free websites and internships.
The New City College student business ideas that are seeking the public's support include:
Glow Path is an electronic resource that will teach basic life skills and guide young people on their transition to independent living. Specific skills include creating a CV, applying for benefits or housing, opening a bank account and more.http://bit.ly/2CXhcAD
What language did you study at school? French? Spanish? English? Nobody ever says Sign Language. This means that a significant communication barrier exists between those with those who can speak a spoken language and those who cannot. Sign Language Bands are a smart wearable that enable the wearer to have a conversation with someone who is communicating with sign language.http://bit.ly/2YWjcm1
An app that allows users to discover local places and groups of people to play sports within an active and fun way. The team's aim is to promote healthy living and socialising as well as tackle mental health and depression by encouraging more people to take up sports.http://bit.ly/2FVAfMb
An app for the budding fashionista which allows users to upload images of themselves and build a fashion profile. Machine learning will help the app to understand your tastes and recommend new items to go with your existing outfits as well as allow you to build the perfect new one.http://bit.ly/2OYM3BI
The teams have worked closely with business mentors to develop their ideas and progressed through a business bootcamp at NatWest's HQ, where they refined and pitched their business ideas to panels of business mentors.
They have now shot 60 second films pitching their business idea to the public. It is now over to the public to choose their preferences.
Big Idea Challenge is supported by London Metropolitan University and partners including NatWest, Microsoft and the Prince's Trust.