News archive 2010
Lion’s Den winners announced24 Mar 2010, PR 63/10
Ten King’s staff and students benefited from a total of £10,000 prize money and seed funding after demonstrating a high level of commercial awareness and entrepreneurial spirit at the finals of the King’s College London Graduate Business Plan Competition yesterday evening.
The competition recognises King’s staff and student entrepreneurs who have successfully participated in a six-month business training programme and received alumni mentoring to develop a business idea and business plan and go on to make a successful pitch to a panel of real investors.
The winner of the Lion’s Den Idea Prize of £2,000 was an interdisciplinary team of masters students made up of Adebusuyi Adeyemi, MSc Medicine, Science & Society, Mathilde Gauvain, MA Medieval History and Liliya Smialkova MSc Environment & Development. Good Food aims to provide top quality local and seasonal food to London schools.
Luke Blaxhill, Phd History & Digital Humanities and Shuzhi Zhou, PhD Neuroscience, won the King’s College London Graduate School and development money totalling £6,000 for GradFunding a business idea based on their own experience of winning grants from the voluntary sector. GradFunding provides products and services such as ‘The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding’ that help students gain funding.
Inspired by their own experience as clinical researchers and physiotherapists Massimo Barcellona, Phd Candidate, and Jeroen Bergmann, Post Doctoral Researcher, both from Applied Biomedical Research, together with Jason Mellad, Post Doctoral Researcher, Cardiology Division, set up B-stable and developed the B-Walker, a novel innovative hands free walking aid. B-stable was awarded £2,000 in seed funding.
Felipe Lopes and Joana Lobo Pereira Vicente, both PhD candidates in Forensic Science & Drug Monitoring won the ‘Best Pitch’ trophy for making a fantastic pitch about Iluminus, their business idea to develop a new beauty product.
A really positive impact
Dr Fiona Denney, from King’s College London Graduate School which has supported the Lion’s Den since its inception three years ago, commented: ‘Lion’s Den is having a really positive impact on entrepeneurial learning at King’s. We are delighted to see such talented staff and students developing venturing, commercial and business skills that will enhance their future career opportunites.’
Dave Ganly, from Notion Learning, winners in 2008-9, who was on the judging panel for the ‘Best Real Idea’ in 2009-10 said: ‘We hope that this year’s winners will follow in our footsteps - Dimitrios Mistriotis and I went on to set up Notion Learning (http://www.notionlearning.com/) after winning Lion’s Den, won free office space in a local incubator in the Southwark Tycoon Boot camp Competition and also secured angel investment along the way. We’ll be launching into beta within the next six weeks.’
Dr Alison Campbell, who heads King’s College London Business, said: ‘We are delighted to see the spirit of enterprise thriving at King’s. It’s great to help to seed ideas for new business ventures and to be able to support relevant training.’
The competition has run with sponsorship from King’s Business, King’s Graduate School and the generous support of King’s Alumni and Rawlinson & Hunter, Chartered Accountants.
[Photography by David Tett]
Notes to editors
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