Category Archives: Homepage Showcase Slider

The Launch

The Enterprise! team is back and better than ever for the new academic year. 

 

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2017 Launch this year.

 

During our exhibition event, illustrious KU alumni were given KU’s very own currency. They were asked to splash the fake cash on which exhibition stand they loved the most. Congratulations Nidhin Jayaprakash for winning the competition (and £500 Amazon vouchers!) with his business, ACM, that aims to eliminate nitrous oxide from car fumes. 

Fifteen businesses took to the Business School Atrium to showcase their talents and they did not disappoint! Guest enjoyed businesses such as Odella Yue a creative chinese inspired fashion company that users can play a online game to produce a fabric that matches their personality. Other businesses included Gleam, a highly reflective glove for cyclists to improve road safety.

 

 

 

Kingston University is the number one university for graduate starting and we pride ourselves on giving our students the best possible resources and expertise. 

 

Thank you to all the business that took part!

Photos will be released soon!

 

The 2016 Launch


 

Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition 2017

 


Mayor_of_London_logo_svg


This competition is NOW OPEN!

The Mayor’s Entrepreneur

Ahead of the launch of this year’s competition we are recruiting 20 interns to work with the team at City Hall to promote the Mayor’s Entrepreneur at universities across London.

If you are a current student at a university, an excellent communicator and interested in working with the team at City Hall to promote the competition to students and staff at London’s universities through direct contact, workshops, social media and other verbal and written methods

 
 
 

Congratulations to our Kingston Student semi-finalists last year, Nidhin, Josue and Irene!

Quickmunch- A student friendly online food delivery service

Quickmunch logo

Business name: Quickmunch

Name: Patience Mhindi

 

 

Please tell us about your business/project

Quickmunch is an online food delivery service that caters for budget food and meal for one customers. It is a service designed to be affordable,   efficient and gives a variety of options to different food diets.

What inspired you to start your own business/project?

The idea came about from my own needs as a busy student and busy young professional. There aren’t any online services that offer an online food delivery service to cater for one person, or delivery for orders under £15 or £10. It was through identifying this gap that I though about solving this problem.

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

The biggest fear was not having any experience of running a business and risk of losing money in investing in a business as it may fail. To overcome this , I started reading and educating myself on Entrepreneurial  content , focussing on success and pitfalls , then trying to adopt this into my business and  circumstances

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

I am very proud that this is a service that people especially students appreciate. Accessing takeaway food is a big problem, particularly based on the locations of halls of residents compared to food outlets and providing access that offers something different and affordable is something that customers really value.

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

There aren’t any online services in the market currently that offer an online food delivery service to cater for one person or delivery without a minimum charge.

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

The business name had  to describe exactly what the business does, which is to provide food fast. We had to incorporate this into the branding, and our logo is of a delivery driver, with a clock to emulate how we would like to be identified. Timely and efficient.

How have you promoted or marketed your business?

Mainly through leaflets at Fresher’s week. We also put posters on the university bus and occasionally some Facebook advertising.

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

I would have taken more time to plan my goals before executing as I have had to stop business on a few occasions which is not good for consistency with customers.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

In 5 years I would like for the business to be an instinct part of the student community nationwide. I would like for Quickmunch to be the known and be the default food delivery service in the whole of United Kingston. I hope the growth Quickmunch can facilitate other ideals I have to start social enterprises and also to offer back to the community and students.

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

The university has been supportive in conducting talks and competitions where we can develop our ideas further. We have had accelerator weekends, access to mentors and great opportunities for networking.

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

“Enterprise skills involve intuitive decision making and coping with uncertainty and complexity. These skills can be adapted in life situations to create a strong sense of independence and self belief. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

 

 

Unlimited Lab LTD- An innovative startup taking upcycling to new heights

Business Name: Unlimited Lab LTD

Founders: Irene Canuti and Josue Vivas

Unlimited-Lab-logoUnlimited Lab creates innovative products that in a playful way encourage customers to reuse, recycle and consume consciously, paying special attention to electronic waste. At the moment we are developing kits of 3D printed gadgets to help people build their own everyday objects and furniture – like a lamp or a desk – up cycling what they otherwise would throw away (plastic bottles, glass jars, battery chargers, electronic devices etc.)

We are determined to unify the physical and the digital in our products to deliver unique user experience for an accessible price. Unlimited Lab is working on the hardware side of the business at the moment, but the middle-term goal is software and the internet of things.

What inspired you to start your own business/project?

Josue-IreneJosue : “All the opportunities that the UK offers to young entrepreneurs definitely inspired my decision of starting a business. Coming from a country where the annual inflation was near 1000% last year, the UK is a paradise to innovate and create value. Then teaming up with Irene made me realise the value of having a team and drawing inspiration from each other’s passion.”

Irene:  “We were both working at The Nest at the Business School on different projects. Josue was developing his first product, a Rowing Simulator, and I helped him out with market research. Unfortunately we found out that it was not going to be competitive in the market, but, on the bright side, we realised to have common interests and business vision. So, we decided to start from zero together. We listed all the resources we had, skills and goals for the future. A broad mind map that we then compared with current trends in the market: 3D printing, sustainability and home ware was our starting point.”

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

Irene: “I guess my first thought was ‘I am not good enough with numbers and finance’. Failure is always scary, but failing when money is involved just terrified me. Starting your own business can be overwhelming but today with Unlimited Lab, even though I am a bit terrified everyday, I know that I have a strong team and a network to support me. Not to mention all the digital tools for project management and bookkeeping that make our life definitely easier!”

Josue: “My biggest fear was to fail the people who gave me trust, which are several, and now that we are a team my responsibilities are bigger. I would say that I didn’t overcome this fear, it has changed in time as I did. But by embracing this fear I can use it as a strength both on a personal and professional level”.

What are you most proud of?

We are proud of what we built in just 3 months: the ideas, the products, our team, the company culture and the network. These are the foundations of a company that will be able to cope with change, focused on people, trends and technology. Looking back, it is difficult to admit you worked in the wrong direction for 8 months, so we are definitely proud we had the courage to pivot and start over. None of this would have happened without that decision.

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

Lamp-prototype

We ask people to upcycle, not to recycle. This means saving money using what they already have as components, having fun building themselves something unique and beautifully designed. No one in the homeware sector is really addressing sustainability this way, with a focus on e-waste, especially involving customers in the process.

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

We just wanted something with no boundaries. Something playful and able to express us being experimentative and cross-disciplinary. We wanted Unlimited Lab to have its own personality. It will evolve in the future for sure.

How have you promoted or marketed your business?

Our main selling channels are online at the moment and we are building a community of peers and followers that is going to be the real boost for our digital marketing strategy. Apart from Google AdWords, people’s engagement on social media and forums is crucial, but also our physical presence at events, makers and sustainability fairs plays an important role.

How did you raise funds for your business/project?

We had an initial investment of £15K, then we “traded” our skills and build a network that brought us where we are now: with an office in the city and rapid prototyping facilities. Not all investments are monetary; many people gave us trust broadening our possibilities. We are bootstrapping at the moment, launching our first product at the beginning of September to activate some serious cash flow.

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

Our startup is so young that it is hard to tell. We should’ve probably started prototyping earlier, from the first brainstorming, without waiting for one “big idea”. Talk less and do more.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

3D-modeling

3D-modeling

A Design Firm with a wide range of physical and digital products, able to make an impact. We would like to expand in different sectors – the Internet of things for example – and develop proprietary technologies based on robotics and 3D printing. Being in the position of supporting the makers and startup communities and get involved in social and educational programmes is also very important for us.

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

We had the opportunity to base our business at the KU business incubator “The Nest”, which gave us a space where to work and network with others. Through talks and workshops hosted at the business school we expanded our knowledge on how to run a business, not to mention the Bright Ideas Competition – where we actually met the first time – and the precious exposure we received. Most importantly, Josue was given the possibility of growing this business in the UK thanks to the endorsement Kingston University granted for his Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.

LEDs

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

Irene : “I think being entrepreneurial is about shaping the future as you pictured it, despite all the obstacles on your way. Resilience is an essential quality in business, but it has also an impact on personal happiness and sense of fulfilment in life.”

Josue: “First of all, enterprise skills increase your employability and make you stand out as a candidate. Building entrepreneurial skills is also important to overcome difficulties managing your own business, let’s remember that being an entrepreneur means being able to deal with uncertainty”.

Unlimited Lab will soon launch its first product and, as part of the company’s human-centred development, is conducting user research and user testing. You can contribute by taking and sharing this survey about lifestyle, making and waste. Click here for survey.

To learn more, follow Unlimited Lab @

Website: www.unlab.co.uk

Email: hello@unlab.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnlimitedLab

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unlimitedlab/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/unlimited-lab-ltd

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KludeOn- a life utility app designed to solve everyday problems.

KludeOnBusiness Name: KludeOn

Founders: Meera Panchal and Akash Singh

KludeOn is a life utility app,  a platform where everyday problems are solved by creating a solution space. There will be many uses to this, for example if you were to have flat tyre, you would take an image or input audio/text  and the system would immediately identify  the problem and tell you either how to solve it using real time information provided by other people or provide information from the web.

What inspired you to start your own business/project?

What has always driven us to work, is being able to create something that could make a positive impact in the world.  The desire stemmed from growing in the  technology era and witnessing how it has shaped our lives and continues to do so. Challenges have also been appealing from a young age for both of us and growing up reading about the smartest people in the world we developed the desire to want to build an environment in which we can be surrounded by them and working with them to create a  new tool for the next generation.

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

Social anxiety – Both of us had social anxiety for different reasons; the fear of being judged as an entrepreneur. You have to put yourself out there and be ready for criticism, as well as public speaking. In only a few months of starting, we have had to pitch and speak to large groups of known and unknown people – practice and preparation have been the best tools to over come social anxiety.

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

The people we have become and the qualities we have developed through all our challenges. To have shared our vision to a post doctorate and have him want to join our team to build our system.

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

“We’re combining two advance technologies of image recognition and big data for machine learning and look at defects in images to solve everyday problems – it is a new use of two technologies as well as the opposite of the concept ‘search”

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

Kludeon

We read an article on psychology where it stated a name with a K is attractive to the human mind and then Akash had a dream where he came up with the word Klude, we later then added the ‘On’. We also wanted to use a word that doesn’t exist to give it a meaning such as Google.

How have you promoted or marketed your business?

We are currently in early stage marketing, we are creating a YouTube channel where we will be recording our daily activities as entrepreneurs. This will become a platform to promote our company and bring awareness and insight to what a start up is like.

How did you raise funds for your business/project?

DSC08504Currently we’re bootstrapping, however we’re entering lots of competitions where there are non equity cash prizes awarded. We are also applying for an accelerator programme in Silicon Valley called Y-Combinator, where they offer $120k.

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

  • Look more vigorously for the tech person.
  • Work at a faster pace.
  • Bottom line- be more resourceful.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

  • Been through a series of funding rounding.
  • Established in  the largest markets in the world e.g. India and China.
  • Serving over 20 million users.
  • Have a great team built.

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

We only sought the help of our university recently before then we were working independently with our mentor. It has however, been very helpful since we joined the university entrepreneur team. Especially the weekend away, we got to meet a lot of interesting people and start ups at different stages. Having monthly meetups has also been very beneficial as we now have a deadline to meet before the competition, and this helps us keep track of our deliverables.

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

“As a start up you’re everything, therefore you need to be resourceful in order to accelerate at a pace which is unnaturally fast, if you lack the skills it will be 5 years and nothing would have moved forward from your initial idea”

KludeOn are currently participating in the NACUE Varsity pitch and need your support.

Please click here to cast your votes.