Mentoring at the Big Idea Challenge


I was invited to mentor at this year’s Big Idea Challenge, a competition for young business minds, held at the Natwest RBS Building in the City of London.

Students, graduates and staff from London colleges were selected via heats to pitch their business idea to win a share of a prize pot worth £30,000. Be it “a killer new business, a mind-blowing creative experience or a worthwhile social project”.

I mentored an energetic all-female group from Redbridge College, whose idea was the creation of a ‘College App’ that provides better communication between educational establishments and their students.

Throughout the day, we worked to develop their idea further, through discussion and the use of the Business Model Canvas. Following this, the group received some great pitching advice from industry experts Amplify.  The day culminated with the group pitching to an assembled audience; they did great, as you can see here:

Like what you see?  Please vote for them if you think the idea sufficiently deserving!

I thoroughly enjoyed my day; it was an invaluable chance to encourage tomorrow’s entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and share my own knowledge and experience gained from running UrbanThings.