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The KEEP Project – Permaculture Enterprise Guide

The Knowledge Exchange for Entrepreneurship in Permaculture (KEEP) project encourages and supports permaculture-inspired entrepreneurs. In particular we want to support new business start ups.

The aims of the project are to:

  • conduct preliminary research on the current state of permaculture enterprises and entrepreneurship;
  • identify and explore key factors underlying the success of permaculture enterprises;
  • identify, prepare and share case studies of outstanding permaculture enterprises;
  • develop knowledge resources and knowledge sharing processes which will encourage a new wave of permaculture-inspired enterprises and;
  • assist the Permaculture Association to create an enterprise hub

Their website provides advice, tips and useful links to help permaculture-inspired entrepreneurs.

For more information head to their website

University Alliance Competition

Innovating Future Business

Innovating Future Business 2017

University Alliance is pleased to announce Innovating Future Business – an enterprise competition encouraging innovative, forward-thinking business ideas, open to current and former students of participating institutions across the University Alliance group.


Winners will be announced at the Celebrate Enterprise Event on the

23rd  March 2017.

You will need to provide a 2 minute video outlining idea behind your business supported by a business model canvas using this template

Then please email Mae Henderson with your video and business model canvas stating which category you are entering e.g. pre-revenue or post-revenue category

Helpful resources: business-model-canvas-support-document

Please note if you are also applying for the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards competition you may submit the same video and business model canvas for both competitions.

What is Innovating Future Business 2017?

An enterprise competition for students and graduates of Alliance universities, in collaboration with the University of SalfordANS GroupCariocca EnterprisesMarketing SignalsWakelet, and Web Applications UK.

The competition includes multiple investors, with a prize pool of £5,000 entrants will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges at the Innovating Future Business 2017 final on Wednesday 10 May 2017, hosted by the University of Salford at MediaCityUK. There will be a single winner, but all entrants will have the opportunity to get advice and feedback on their ideas from the judges.

The investors will be looking for a proposal for a business or start-up product or service that demonstrates a viable business with a low cost of entry, evidence of sound market research, and crucially an innovative idea with a ‘wow’ factor.

Who can participate?

The competition is open to students and graduates in all subject areas – entrants don’t need to be studying a business-specific field but should have a good understanding of the specialisms needed to get their idea off the ground. Entrants are encouraged to view their business idea as the ‘real thing’ and not a theoretical idea. The personality of the founder/co-founders is also an integral part of the final decision – this is something that will come through during the pitch.

Each university participating in this years’ competition will select their entry to pitch at the Innovating Future Business 2017 final.

How to enter:

Entrants will be selected by participating universities by Friday24 March2017 and will be asked to complete a short entry form to introduce themselves and their business idea ahead of the final. To enter, you must provide a proposal for investment in a start-up or business idea, product or service. Throughout the competition, all concepts pitched will remain the Intellectual Property of the respective competitors.

The Innovating Future Business final takes place on Wednesday 10 May 2017 at MediaCityUK in Salford. The finalists will have a five-minute slot to pitch their idea, after which time they will answer questions posed to them by the investors, university staff and other industry experts.

Contact your university’s Enterprise team or Business school for more details about how to enter.

Innovating Future Business 2017 in partnership with:

Innovating Future Business Investors

Peek Recruitment App LTD- Recruitment Made Easier


Full name:   Aws Ismail

Company name: Peek Recruitment App LTD
Please tell us your business/project:

Peek is a recruitment app that will allow users to swipe their way through into their next successful job! Whether the user is looking for a part time job, a temp job or a full time career, the app will be targeted for all kinds of businesses from small retail shops and SME’s to large cooperation. The idea is that PEEK will become your personal recruiter, once you input your details and set up your profile, it will then automatically show you the jobs which actually match your experience, skills, and location and salary expectations. With an easy to use interface, you will find that looking for a job is not actually that hard anymore. PEEK allows you to get in touch directly with the employer, rather than a recruitment consultant or going through the boring process of sending hundreds of cv’s online. Once you have a match with an employer, you will then be promoted to ‘place a bid’ on the salary you expect with a reason why, this will allow people with less experience, to enter opportunities that they may have not considered before because they think they are under qualified, and in the same way, it will allow candidate who believe they deserve more salary because of the work they have done and experience, to display this. It will also allow you to see what the going market rate for your skill and industry is, so that you secure a role that you are paid fairly in!

What inspired you start your own business/project?

leverage-in-the-financial-marketsI have always wanted to get into business somehow or another, in fact this is my third company. The first company I did when I was at university but it did not work out unfortunately, probably due to the lack of experience and guidance. Since graduating from university, I got into recruitment and after one year, I decided I had enough exposure and understanding to be able to do it myself, so I successfully set up Marc Ellis Consulting along with two other partners, one in fact who was also a Kingston Uni Student.

Marc Ellis Consulting is a successful ICT specialist recruitment company focusing predominately within the Middle East region. Three years on, we have an office in London, office in Dubai, and in the process of opening an office in Saudi Arabia. Through this experience, we noticed there is a gap in the market for a ‘great app’ that does what we do on a daily basis, but in a much easier way, and with the growing popularity of apps such as tinder, inspired us to create PEEK.

What was your biggest fear about starting your business and how have you overcome it?

The biggest fear about starting my own business was always about how I generated enough income to be able to survive until the business kicks off. The first business I set up, I struggled a lot, I was practically living on credit cards and loans which is the worst thing you can do, because it is a big distraction! However, upon its failure, rather then be upset and disappointed, I decided to see the loses I made as the cost of learning to do it right the next time around. When I started Marc Ellis Consulting, I made sure I had planned everything ahead, from the markets I will be working on, to the finances etc. I also created milestones which allowed me to keep on track.

What are you most proud of? – e.g. personal milestones, awards, sales, awareness increase, positive feedback.

I am proud that I am slowly but surely realising my ambition to have a business which is successful, creating jobs, teams who have become like family, and literally making a difference in the world. I made suure that I communicated with as many students and staff members as possible.

How does your business differ from others? What’s your USP (unique selling point) ?

PEEK is different because it combines both social apps and business apps together, We are putting what people are used to on a social app, to allow them to find their next job! It will take the stress away from finding a job and will allow them to actually enjoy it. Plus the opportunity to place bids on the jobs they apply for, this will open up the opportunity for people to successfully place them selves in opportunities they may have not been able to get before, and also understand what the correct market rate is. The app will also allow the user to be in direct contact with an employer who has displayed interest by swiping ‘like’ on the profile, cutting out the middle men and saving a lot of time!

How did you come up with your business name and branding imagery?

Our vision is for the app to become a huge success, the next Linkedin/Tinder. To do this, we thought that we needed a short, catchy name, that people will not forget, we thought about naming the app with something job related, but then thought it would be quite boring. The idea was that we needed a name that even a toddler will remember, and we came up with PEEK, ( using the app to peek at potential opportunities ). Also we did a test to see with my niece and her friends ( all aged 5-6) by showing them the logo once, and asking them to draw it out of memory. That was successful, hence why we went along with it.

How have you promoted or marketed your business?

We are still in the development stage of the app, but have started by setting up a landing page to allow users to register and be notified when the app is available. We want to attract as many students as possible because, I myself know how hard it is when you have just graduated and need to find a job that fits you – Hopefully this will be the solution.

How did you raise funds for your business/project?

From our existing business funds. However, we are in the process of looking for more investors, marketing can be extremely expensive!

Looking back, what would you have done differently with your business/project?

At the moment, nothing. Every mistake I make is a lesson learned and it helps us to create a bigger and better brand.

Looking back, what would you have done differently with your business/project?

At the moment, nothing , Every mistake I make is a lesson learned and it helps us to create a bigger and better band.

What do you want to be in 5 years ?

The next Mark Zuckerberg of the UK!

How has/did University support you in developing and growing your business/project?

The university has allowed me to reach out to the students through the newsletter and their online presence.

Why do you believe enterprise skills are important? Please give us a brief quote.

Many people come up with brilliant ideas but not many make them a reality. Having enterprise skills and the right motivation allows you to make your dream come true.

How can we get in contact with you ?

Phone: 07931699991



Social Media Links:

LinkedIn: PeekApp

Instagram: appeek

Facebook: Peek App






The Bright Ideas Competition Winners!



Thank you to our finalists, judges, staff and supporters that came to the Bright Ideas Final yesterday.

The talent exceeded our expectations and we loved celebrating entrepreneurship with students and alumni.




Reve London – Shehabur Rahman

Our product is a contemporary styled swimming short coupled with a fitted waterproof pocket so that the user has full control of their valuables while participating in water activities


Performing Change – Yasemin Gava, Clarissa Kim

Performing Change is a London based Theatre  and Arts Company and our aim is to provoke change through the arts

SCIENCE CATEGORY – Sponsored by Renal Services

MediDrone – Ifan Edwards, Josh Lawford, Nicolas Orozco

Autonomous GPS guided Medical Drone

PRODUCTS CATEGORY – Sponsored by Worth Capital

Biker’s Travel Mate (BTMIdan Katz, Shana Alt, George Davis, Oliver Simmons,

Ahmed Elsalakawy, Benjamin Rust

Multi-strap harness which allows bikers carry off-self luggage without modification to the motorbike.


Café Go – Ahmed Harfouf

Cafe Go is a disruptive way of serving coffee and hot drinks, it is a smart outdoor cafe booth using an innovative voice controlled software ordering system


Navlo – Shared crowed commuting & tourism – Nauman Khan

With million of commuters using public transport in London, it needs an intelligent platform for adaptive prediction of routes and arrival times for efficient use of resources


The Macro Hut – Harry Potter

Providing evidence based fitness advice and custom meal planning methods to help people achieve their fitness goals

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Click here for the Bright Ideas competition 1 hour video.



House of Hawk – Hellena Haack

Upcycling Fashion Brand


iCope – Farai Rosebud Muzambi, Kennedy Gyebi, Rita Njoku

An app to help students cope with the demands of their degree

SCIENCE CATEGORY – Sponsored by Renal Services

AllerGenie – Nadja Howton

App that identifies foods on restaurant menus that contain allergens

PRODUCTS CATEGORY – Sponsored by Worth Capital

Dinky Doo Dah – Ashema Edwards

Nail Art Stickers for children using a non-toxic nail polish


An Intelligent Tracking System for Railways Inspections (SIRO) – Amin Rigi

The invention is an on-rail sensor based system that will help maintain, monitor and improve safety aspects in current railways and also take further steps towards developing a database of all the platforms in the UK and around the world


Zest – Pavel Tyutyunnik

Augmented Reality-based social network


WorksWell – Jamal Hasan

On demand employee app

Bright Ideas Final


We’ve come a long way from online applications, through to KU Trigger and finally we have arrived at the Bright Ideas Final.


Our finalists have been split into 7 categories and will be pitching to compete for the runner-up (£250) and winners prize (£1000) of each category.

The pitching event and networking for finalists and judges will finish at 5pm and finalists should look out for a email instructing them of registration times.


We then invite friends and staff for the ceremony and reception starting at 5pm


5:00 – 6:15pm – Ceremony (Guests welcome)

Our panel runners-up will give a public summary of their idea.

We will then have a Keynote speaker.

After, the panel winners will give a 1 minute pitch, from which the audience make their People’s Choice vote on who they believe gave the best pitch.

6:15 -8:00pm – Reception (Guests welcome)

Relax and enjoy a selection of food and drinks as we celebrate the end of the 2016/2017 Bright Ideas competition.


Sponsors of prizes and categories:

We would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors this year. We thank all those who have supported Kingston University’s Enterprise programme to unlock the enterprising talent of so many students.

Market test: sponsoring the Judges’ Prize (Golden ticket)

Renal: Awarding the Science Prize

SRBC: awarding the Freeland and Creative Arts Prize

Worth capital: Sponsoring the Products Prize

Stefano: Sponsoring the Science prize