3 Brunel University London student teams have made the short-listed final 10 of The Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Competition. (Yes, you heard right – 3!) Finalists include, the Innovation Hub student business Stars, Key and Hutch who have recently launched their version of ‘Trip Advisor for student accommodation’ enabling students to rate their current properties and to contact other users to share their past experiences.
The Low Carbon Entrepreneur looks for innovative ideas from London’s students to help reduce London’s carbon emissions and energy usage. London is aiming to reduce its carbon emissions by 60 per cent before 2025. Entries can cover anything in eight different categories, from product design to transport in the city but also covering reuse and recycling, food waste and water management.
Entrants have the chance to turn their idea into a commercial reality with the benefit of practical support and a £20k development fund. In a first for the prize, 30 of the best runners-up are also shortlisted for a chance to win a paid internship with Siemens, to boost their career with valuable industry experience.
Finalists must first pitch their ideas Dragons Den style to the final judging panel, which picks the winner/s. The 2014 panel included Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Deborah Meaden, co-founder of Innocent Drinks Richard Reed, the UK CEO of Siemens Roland Aurich, Siemens Head of Urban Development Martin Powell, NUS President Toni Pearce, Zac Goldsmith MP, and the Mayor’s Environmental and Political Advisor Matthew Pencharz.
We wish all 3 finalists the best of luck in their pitches on the 12th March!