CitySpark competition celebrates student entrepreneurship
The winners of CitySpark – the University’s annual big ideas competition – have been announced, with six student teams receiving a total of £6,000 to get their new businesses off the ground.• by Luke Nava
Now in its third year, CitySpark helps students develop entrepreneurship, team working and presentation skills, through workshops, mentoring and Dragons' Den-style pitches. This year's winning participants represented a wide range of City's academic disciplines - something that was reflected in the variety of the business ideas they generated.
The first prize went to a School of Arts postgraduate team who proposed a new funding initiative for galleries. Computing and business students received the two second prizes for a smartphone shopping application and a proposal for low cost entertainment by students for students. Third prize ideas spanned the e-commerce, recruitment and research sectors.
Dr Tim Meldrum, Enterprise Education Manager and CitySpark organiser, said: "In today's job market, employers are demanding exceptionally strong professional skills. Not only does CitySpark enable our students to gain them, it also gives the winning teams the funding to turn their ideas into reality."
Further information about CitySpark, including the names of all winners, is available here.