The Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2015 Student Enterprise category sought to recognise and reward QMUL students for their innovation and enterprise in creating businesses and entrepreneurial projects.
Entrepreneurial Student of the Year
For innovative self-starters who can evidence that they’ve used their creativity and leadership skills to make a significant contribution to an entrepreneurial project (or multiple projects)
Winner: Ivan Tan
Ivan Tan is a serial entrepreneur who, while he was studying for his first degree at Bath, set up Brook Alternative, an art investment business that has since had a six figure investment sum and has now opened an office in Mayfair. While at Queen Mary he developed a free events app ‘Bevvy’, securing both Try It and Grow It funds and a place on the first cohort of the InQUBEate, start-up incubator programme.
Highly Commended: Simone Fattouche
While studying for an accelerated two year law degree at Queen Mary, Simone had the idea for an app that could replace traditional paper shop receipts. She pitched the idea at Queen Mary’s 3-Day Start-up and assembled a team to test out the idea. Since then she used the mentor contacts from the bootcamp to help her to find a technical co-founder, and BillHive was born.
Simone is a great example of someone who had an idea and used her leadership and resourcefulness to build a team in order to make her vision a reality.
Most Promising Student Business of the Year
For student businesses of high achievement and with strong foundations for future success.
Winner: Luna, Soham Trivedi and Robin Bhaduri
A mobile app that guides you to the safest walking routes at night, co-founded by Soham Trivedi and Robin Bhaduri. Since the formation of the concept in October of 2014, Luna has grown exponentially. They are now partnered with almost every council in Greater London as well as business development districts in Camden and Waterloo to collect data.
They won the iDEA award in April, and since then have partnered with Microsoft, Facebook and Barclays, as well as teaming up with Google who are covering digital infrastructure costs up to £100k.They’ve also been finalists in the Founders Forum and Santander 60 Second Pitch competitions.
Highly Commended: Kam Alive
A brother and sister duo who hand-make fresh, raw and healthy chocolate that has no added sugar, no wheat, and is vegan friendly. Ariel studied design and innovation at Queen Mary and won a Grow It award in 2014 to help increase manufacturing capacity of the business.
Since starting as a small farmers market stall they are now stocked in 3 high street retailers, sell through their own website, and are included in two monthly subscription boxes.