Last week we were thrilled to launch our first ever Bright Futures for Freelancers! We invited creative students from across the university to take part in a day full of workshops and talks designed to develop their skills for self-employment.
After a networking session with Dwain Ried, Will Holmes from Equity joined us to share his insights on freelancing from within a union. Later, Jack from Phundee shared his journey towards creating a successful crowd funding platform.
During the afternoon, SquidLondon took over the workshop, working with our groups of students to create, develop and plan their ideas. The aim was to give the students an idea of the entrepreneurship process, so that they could then have more confidence in pursing their ideas in the future. Working throughout the afternoon, our students came up with four inspiring business ideas, which were:
- Clean Bean – collaborating with Local coffee shops, reusing Coffee Grounds for skin care
- The Flattables – flat pack lunch box range, can be easily stored and packed away after lunch
- P-Free Plastics – a new trademark stamp for chemical free packaging
- ForgetMeNot (FMN) – a find my belongings device (app and electronic sensor)
All of our students’ ideas were innovative and resourceful, and we thought we’d better put them to the test! We hosted an intense pitch-off, during which an elected member of each group was asked to present to the room. Questions (of which there were many) were fired, a la Dragon’s Den, and when the votes were counted, ForgetMeNot were crowned the overall winners – congrats!
Huge thanks to Viviane from SquidLondon who gave some great advice, as well as Jack from Phundee and Will from Equity. If you want to take part in the next Bright Futures event, you can sign up here!