News archive 2009
Business plan competition launched23 Oct 2009, PR 221/09
King's graduates and post doctoral researchers will develop business and commercial awareness and have the chance to win prizes with a total of value of £10,000 if they enter the Lion’s Den business plan competition. Launched this week, the competition is a joint venture between King's Business and King's Graduate School.
Alison Campbell, Managing Director of King's Business comments: ‘This competition equips entrepreneurially minded early career researchers and postgraduate students with the skills they need to think outside the box and to become the innovators of the future – whether at King’s or more widely in society. Last year we had some fantastic entries that ranged from medical diagnostics through to exciting new social businesses and I’m expecting to see fresh ideas and dynamic teams again this year.’
The Business Plan Competition was launched at an event which included a panel made up of successful King’s entrepreneurs, including recent alumni who have set up businesses. The panel, who shared their experience of starting up a business and answered questions from the audience, included: David Ganly & Dimitris Mistriotis, Notion Learning, winners of 2008-9 King’s College London Graduate School Prize; Yiwen Liu & Alexander Kapustin, Indica, winners of 2008-9 King’s College London Commercialisation Prize; Carl Pihl, CEO, Student Box Ltd; and Zain Jaffer, Commercial Director at Media Roots Ltd.
The competition is open to postdoctoral research staff, PhDs and Masters' students in all Schools of the College. Those who enter will benefit from a breadth of training including sessions in commercial and marketing skills and will receive mentoring from an elite group of King’s Alumni. This will culminate in teams preparing, and pitching, a high quality business plan. The transferable skills gained will be valuable in today's graduate employment market. This year prize money totals £10,000, comprising three prizes of £2,000 each and an additional seed fund of £4,000.
Fiona Denney, Head of Graduate Development in King's College Graduate School, adds: ‘The Lion’s Den continues to go from strength to strength and provides high quality business training. The introduction of a new Alumni Business Mentoring Scheme means that we are able to offer a package of training, support and mentoring to develop researchers’ business knowledge and commercial awareness as well as enhancing vital transferable skills such as team working and communication skills. These skills make our researchers widely employable when they leave King’s.’
Rawlinson & Hunter, Chartered Accountants, Business Link, Eli Lilly, King’s Alumni Office and King’s College London Business Club provide additional support to the Lion's Den Competition.
For further information and to register for the competition contact Harriet Robinson:
email firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 020 7848 3196, www.kcl.ac.uk/business/bussplan.
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