Enterprising students have Winning Ideas
Innovative ideas including a ‘Maternity Buddy’ for new mums from overseas now living in Lincolnshire, a ‘Belly Bag’, to help children choose to eat more healthily, a student consultancy aimed at overseas students, and a community garden design and consultancy enterprise ‘Flourish’, all won their respective categories in a new and unique competition organised by the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University College.
The Winning Ideas competition invited students from the University and Bishop Grosseteste to submit their best creative, business or community ideas, based on course or project work, an interest or passion, or something which could create self -employment or a business start-up.
The student teams with the four best ideas were revealed at a special awards evening where they presented their ideas to the audience. They won financial support which will be spent on turning their winning ideas into reality.
The winners and their awards were:
Leanne Moreland, Kathryn Cash, Liman Hasa and Kate Mack
Lotte van de Goor
Jane Coleman, Lyn Gould and team
Diego Gonzalez and Dirk Sedtke
Leanne Moreland, from the overall winners, Maternity Buddy, said:
“This competition enables students to work on real projects. This builds skills as well as an understanding of business principles and ultimately increases employability.”
In addition, the Flourish team won assistance from Student Placements for Education in Enterprise Development (SPEED) which will help them develop their ideas into a fully-fledged business.
Lyn Gould, one of the founding members of Flourish, said:
“For us the best aspect of our company is that all our profits will be returned to the community and for every hour we work, part of our fee goes towards local projects, which currently includes gardens at a local school, a care home and youth project.”
Professor David Rae, the University’s Director of the Enterprise Research & Development Unit, which is the driving force behind the Winning Ideas concept, said: “This is the first time we have held the competition and there has been a real buzz about it around the University. The judging panel was delighted with the quality of ideas submitted by the students.”
Winning Ideas is an integral part of the University’s Energising Enterprise project which is part-funded by Lincolnshire Enterprise. The cash prizes were provided by Sparkhouse Studios, Enterprise@Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University College, and the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) at the University of Lincoln.
Below: The team behind the Maternity Buddy idea pictured with Professor David Rae (right), Director of the University's Enterprise, Research and Development Unit.