King's business plan competition launched
Posted on 12/10/2010
King's graduates and post doctoral researchers have an opportunity to make a difference via the Lion’s Den business plan competition launched this week. Participants have the chance to win prizes with a total value of £10,000 if they enter this programme which is a joint initiative between King’s Business and King’s Graduate School.
Fiona Denney, Head of Graduate Development in King's College Graduate School, said: ‘Our flagship training programme, which is in its fourth year, continues to offer participants a way to increase their employability and to develop a suite of transferable skills such as team working and communication and business acumen relevant to career paths in academia, government, voluntary or public sector. Via the competition, participants benefit from a high quality training programme with input from external speakers from business and with King’s alumni acting as mentors.’
Alison Campbell, Managing Director of Kings’ Business comments: ‘This competition encourages staff and students to critically investigate the commercial potential of their research or to develop a business idea from personal interests. It encourages participants to take knowledge created in the University beyond the boundaries of the academy and to create a positive impact on society. Last year’s winners included ‘B Stable’ with the ‘B- Walker’, a hands free mobility device for seniors, and ‘GradFunding’ who are aiming to offer services to students seeking sources of funding for postgraduate studies; both ideas with great potential to generate positive economic and societal impact. We anticipate that Lion’s Den 2010-11 will bring forth another crop of innovative and exciting business ideas from across all areas of the College.’
The Business Plan Competition is launched today (Tuesday 12 October at 17.45, at Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus) at an event which includes a panel made up of successful King’s entrepreneurs and past winners of the competition, who have taken their business idea further. The panel, who will share their experience of starting up a business and who will answer questions from the audience, will include: Dr Massimo Barcellona, Dr Jason Mellad and Dr Jeroen Bergman, founders of B-Stable; Dr Alexander Kapustin, Indica, winners of 2008-9 King’s College London Commercialisation Prize; Zain Jaffer, founder of KCLBC and graduate of the NASA Singularity Programme and Lynne Hunt from Rawlinson & Hunter, Chartered Accountants, who have supported this initiative since its inception.
For further information and to register for the competition contact Harriet Robinson: email email@example.com or tel: 020 7848 3196.
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