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The Formations Company Entrepreneur Award

Calling All Budding Student Entrepreneurs!

Enter the Formations Company Entrepreneur Award for a chance to win a £1,000 grant and a free company formation!


 The Formations Company Entrepreneur Award is returning for a second year, but this time the award isn’t just for students, but is open to all aspiring entrepreneurs! Entrants from all walks of life will have the chance to battle it out for a £1,000 grant to put towards developing their brilliant business idea, while also getting their company formed entirely for free.

Many entrepreneurs have great and innovative business ideas but struggle to get them up and running. Sometimes all that is needed is a little helping hand to get things started – and that’s what The Formations Company Entrepreneur Award is all about. The Entrepreneur Award is a business grant created to attract the brightest new talent from across any industry or sector.

To apply, all that is needed is entrepreneurial flair and a truly great business idea. You could be a student, a mum or a business enthusiast, wherever you are from in the UK and whatever you do, if you have that special business model, The Formations Company want to hear from you.

The winning entry will take the grand prize of a £1,000 business grant and have their limited company set up for free. As the award is in partnership with Barclays, the winner will also receive an invaluable start-up package including professional guidance and mentorship to help turn the business idea into a reality.

Last year’s winner was Fergus Kennedy, a 21-year old Cambridge University Student. His business idea, ParaPatch, a social enterprise concept in which immunisations are transported to remote locations via drone technology impressed the judges for being unique, ambitious as well as potentially life saving. 

Speaking at the time, Fergus said “I’m thrilled to have won – support from The Formations Company will enable me to continue exploring the newest and most exciting technologies”.


Piers Chead, CEO of The Formations Company said:

“We expect the quality of applicants this year to be especially high – with prizes as fantastic as a mentorship package from Barclays Business and a £1,000 business grant, winning the award could truly help an aspiring entrepreneur find their feet. We look forward to helping the winning idea become a reality.”

For the chance to get those business ideas off the ground, apply by visiting: and fill out the application form. The deadline for applications is 30th June 2017.



University Alliance: Innovating Future Business Competition

On May 10th Kingston University was represented by Marketing Management student Ashema Edwards, hosted at the University of Salford at Media City UK. 

The competition was run by University Alliance and 11 Universities participated. University Alliance are Britain’s Universities for cities and region, committed to providing the high quality teaching that is critical to creating the world’s future leaders and problem solvers. They bring together Universities across Britain and focus on preparing students for a career in industry and the professions.

Ashema Edwards represented Kingston University and pitched her business, Dinky Do Dah, to a panel of five investors, who each had £1000 to give to the competitors and could divide the money anyway they chose.   

Dinky Do Dah is London’s first nail art studio exclusively for kids. They provide fun nail art designs that can be customised to fit any part/event theme. Their nail polish and paints are non-toxic, odour-free and 100% washable so are safe for children to use and won’t ruin any of their clothes.

The judges then deliberated and both Scott Fletcher MBE, ANS founder, and Nadia Fortune Nesbit and Cleveland McCurdy, Cariocca Enterprises invested in Ashema’ s business and offered their mentoring services.  

International Hackathon

How would you like to extend your network, respond to a global challenge working internationally with people you’ve never met before and submit a pitch for an innovative idea?  Here’s your chance.

        This May we will be running an international, online Hackathon with universities from 6 different countries. The Hackathon will give you the opportunity to join a virtual, international team, and work together to develop an idea for a product or service.

        The challenge will focus on a topic of global interest: Cities of the Future.

Students from all disciplines, of all ages and all backgrounds are welcome!

Some great reasons to get involved:

  • meet new people based in different countries and universities
  • gain experience of working virtually in a team
  • practice developing exciting solutions to real problems – the starting point of entrepreneurship
  • put something different on your cv
  • participation is free to Kingston students.

 Nuts and bolts and timeline:

  1. The Hackathon is taking place in May.
  2. To participate, you will need to register with us by April 30th.
  3. Online materials and instructions will be available to everyone from 5 May.
  4. Preparatory materials and activities should take you approximately 2-3 hours over a 10 day period (5 – 18 May). These include short readings, videos, slide sets, a questionnaire and some shared tasks.
  5. The Hackathon is taking place over the weekend of 19 – 22 May. You will be able to participate from home, mobile, or at your university or office. Online mentors will be accessible, but you will work mostly with your team, by video link, messaging, or through noticeboards.
  6. Final pitches will be submitted on the 22nd May
  7. After the Hackathon weekend, we will ask you for feedback.


Interested? Please contact Bakhona Hawes. Making sure you put HACKATHON in the title of your email. 


Competition winners announcement

Thank you to all that entered the University Alliance competition and the Santander competition.

We can now announce that the winners are…

*drum roll please*


Ashema Edwards – Dinky Do Dah

Ashema Edwards – Dinky Do Dah

Dinky Do Dah is London’s first nail art studio exclusively for kids. They provide fun nail art designs that can be customised to fit any party/event theme. Their nail polish and paints are non-toxic, odour-free and 100% washable so are safe for children to use and won’t ruin any of their clothes. 


Alan and David Danagher – ADGELO

Alan and David Danagher – ADGELO formally known as Deal Angel

ADGELO will be a profile based online community market hub for selling and buying both new and used items. ADGELO will be a profile based online market hub for selling and buying both new and used items. Although it will be a localised hub, it can be used by retail outlets, shops and businesses, traders and also for people wanting to sell any unwanted items. There will be an option to trade or swap items among users. The location bar will allow users to find items and services which are located locally to where they reside. They will also have access to a variety of new items within their areas of interest from well known top brand suppliers.


Sam Nozdrachov – L Samuel 

Sam Nozdrachov – L Samuel

L.Samuel concentrates on integrating power bank technologies into high-quality stationery products. At L.Samuel, they believe that charging your mobile devices on the go can be discreet. However, at the moment normal power banks can be messy and intrusive in the modern business environment. What makes our products unique is that, for the first time you can charge your device inside the notebook on a table and no one around you will know it. With our notebooks, you are getting rid of cables and always have quick access to your smartphone while you are charging it.


Celebrate Enterprise Highlights

Celebrate Enterprise is an evening dedicated to highlighting and congratulating students and staff for their entrepreneurial successes.

Vince Tallent with the Kingston ENACTUS winners

Congratulations to all our nominated students and staff for this year’s Celebrate Enterprise. Out of the many nominations the Enterprise department received a shortlist was formed. Projects such as CanAdvice, a virtual care system for cancer patients and WBTA (Welcome back to Africa), which is a social enterprise which aims to create a student network to work on the development of education in Africa, were just some of the amazing projects thriving in Kingston University.

Two visiting entrepreneurs, Charles Irving and Vince Tallent gave fantastic motivational speeches on passion and what makes a good entrepreneur.

Vince Tallent with young enterprise winners 7Thirty

Staff awards

Staff Enterprise Champion

  • Team: Shereen Nabhani – Gebara, Reem Kayyali, Nada Philip (SEC) *winner*
  • Elinor Renfrew (FADA)
  • Yahya Zweiri (SEC)

 Social Entrepreneur

  • Martyn Keen (HSE)
  • Smirti Kutaula (BL) *winner*
  • Cathy Gale (FADA)

 Commercial Entrepreneur

  • Andy Hudson, Anne Rawlings and Teresa Noguera (HSE)
  • Jelena Petrovic (BL)
  • Vladlena Benson (BL) *winner*


Vince Tallent with Enterprise Champion winner Petar Lachev and friends


Enterprise Champion

  • Andrea Capera Patino
  • Petar Lachev *winner*
  • Valentine Feldbergs

Most Enterprising Student

  • Patience Mhindu *winner*
  • Mohammed Yusuf Ali
  • Odella Yue

Social Enterprise Award

  • Ives Kabayabaya
  • The Enactus Team *winner*
  • KU Ideas Lab

Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Sam Nozdrachov (L Samuel) *winner*
  • Neomi Bennet
  • Kseniia Tarasova (Freshpoint)

Trophies for the Celebrate Enterprise award ceremony

For more photos please click here  (KU staff/students only)