Student entrepreneurs from New City College were celebrating this week after scooping awards at the London Metropolitan University’s Big Idea Challenge.
Open to all students nationwide, the Big Idea Challenge is an annual pitching competition which seeks to unearth and reward ideas and the passionate people behind them. Whether the idea is for a business, a social purpose, a creative endeavour or making the world a better place – the best projects were honoured at an online awards ceremony on Thursday 27th May.
Caring students from NCC’s Epping Forest campus in Borders Lane, Loughton, picked up the overall Schools and Colleges Grand Champion Award for their innovative idea, Cancer Care, which provides a new, safe and supportive network for people living with cancer.
The judges said it was a great initiative and a worthy cause which would have a large social impact.
An NCC spokesperson said: “The students have done remarkably well to beat such tough competition to the top award and the college is incredibly proud of them.”
The team won vouchers from London Met and a free digital mentoring session by NatWest to explore their business concept even further.
But one award wasn’t enough for New City College! Student Leon, who attends NCC Hackney campus, won the Schools and Colleges Most Creative Pitch award with his idea, Bodged.
Bodged allows you to easily write and run code in a multitude of languages, enabling users to have a try, share ideas and learn on the go. The judges said the pitch was innovative, creative and unique.
The Big Idea Challenge, now in its sixth year, recognises students who dream about starting their own companies and helps them to develop their ideas into powerful business models and pitches, through a series of workshops. It is open to schools and colleges across the country and also has an international section.
The awards are sponsored by Lucidica and NatWest.