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Idea Factory ’22 Launches

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It all begins with an idea…

Just ask some of the brightest innovators coming out King’s, like Josephine Phillips and Joseph Undaloc. Apart from being featured in TImeOut this week as eco-innovators making London a greener place to live, the other thing they have in common is that their start-ups began as humble ideas, and got their start at Entrepreneurship Institute’s Idea Factory competition.

It was one of the best things I’ve done. To be surrounded by likeminded people and getting to work and develop something you’re passionate about and then share it with others was just fantastic.– Josephine Philips, Founder of Sojo (BSc Physics and Philosophy)

Idea Factory is launching again for 2022! The competition is open to all students, staff and alumni, as well as ideas from any sector, in all shapes and sizes. Don’t miss out – register to get key updates delivered to your inbox.

Portrait of Josephine Phillips, founder of Sojo, winning an Idea Factory award
Josephine Phillips is one of Idea Factory’s biggest success stories

The competition works by first taking you and your idea through a ‘factory’ process of different workshops which will give you to tools to will help you to find, validate and communicate your idea effectively:

  • In Sustainable and Ethical Disruption you’ll learn how to practically build sustainability into your business idea right from the start, regardless of whether your idea is sustainability-focused at its core.
  • In the Validating Your Idea (Part 1 and Part 2 – because this step is super important!), you’ll learn how to work out If your idea is actually a good one! We’ll teach you top tips and tricks when it comes to customer research, understanding demand for problems and solutions, and how to get identify any biases that might be leading you down the wrong path.

You’ll have the holidays to work on your idea, and then in January, the Entrepreneurship Institute team will be on hand to offer 1:1 application support, before you submit before 23.59 on 25 January 2022.

From there, 20 teams are shortlisted to the Semi-Final Bootcamp stage in February, with 10 being selected to go on to the final Pitch Off on the 3 March.

So, what are you waiting for? Take that great idea you’ve always had and turn into a reality!