How to win at Business Competitions | LAUNCH.ed

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Last night we held our first panel discussion: how to win at business competitions.

Over 50 entrepreneurial minded students and graduates from the University joined us to hear advice and tips from some of clients and LAUNCH.ed business adviser; Liza Sutherland at this festive panel discussion.

The panel featured Alison Wood, founder of social enterprise Lilypads, who provide affordable and sustainable sanitary products to young girls and women in Kenya as well as education and support to tackle the taboo surrounding menstrual health education.

Denny Schenk from Retromixer, a business providing a solution to separate water taps and a way to save the environment and your money.

And Lorenzo Conti, last year’s winner of the Business Ideas Competition and founder of Crover, aiming to reduce grain waste by mapping conditions inside grain stores.

LAUNCH.ed intern and current student; Jack McMillan led the panel discussion and together with Lorenzo, presented the winners of this years Business Ideas Competition.

This year for the first time our Business Ideas Competition was sponsored by Sainsbury Management Fellows, the MBA scholarship scheme of Engineering in Business Fellowship. This resulted in a category for students and recent graduates from the School of Engineering.

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(Left to right) Alison Wood, Liza Sutherland, Denny Schenk, Lorenzo Conti and Jack McMillan



First place winners recieve: £500, second place: £300 and third place: £200.

Business Ideas Competition – engineering

  • First place:  George Dzavaryan, Mortiz Muller, Iman Mouloudi and Will Sautra with their idea: Augment Bionics.
  • Second place: Artur Chee and Dilyana Karavasileva with their idea of an automated strawberry harvesting arm.
  • Third place: Dileep Dasari with his idea: Dassun, improving efficiency of turbofan engines through vortex generators.

Business Ideas Competition

  • First place: Wang Yau LI with Speakeasy. We first heard about this idea at 3 Day Startup! Speakeasy aims to help those with speech impediments.
  • Second place: Karol Stanski and his idea of an automatic plant and animal detector using drone imagery.
  • Third place: Alexander Adam Laurence with his idea of using AI in developing countries to assess malnutrition in children.
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(Left to right) Dileep Dasari, Artur Chee, Karol Stanski and Will Saputra.

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