Kickstarting Newport Works

Song Eng, a London Met alumnus, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support his business, which was developed through the University’s Big Idea Challenge.

Date: 1 March 2018

Song Eng, a Professional Diploma in Architecture (RIBA2) (now Architecture RIBA 2 MArch) graduate, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his business, Newport Works, which was developed through the London Met’s Big Idea Challenge.

Song, who won the Big Idea Challenge in 2017, launched Newport Works, a creative design company that has developed a stylish new carry case, a cross between a studio bag and a folio, that provides artists and architects with an all-in-one solution which is both easy to carry and protects the work inside.

Song said: “Everyone wanted better looking portfolios that had multiple pocket sizes and were comfortable to carry. Creatives need eye-catching and durable products for presenting and carrying their printed work to interviews and submissions. A portfolio can make or break how one’s creative work is received.

“However, durability was the most interesting problem to tackle. Creatives travel a lot with their work. Today, the same portfolio case that is damaged by rain and inadvertently kicked about by crowds on public transport is the same portfolio that is taken into design schools and job interviews.”

The Kickstarter campaign is open for pledges and those who donate will be sent their own Newport Works bag.

The Big Idea Challenge is a University-wide competition run by Accelerator, London Met’s business incubator. With a prize pool worth over £30,000, the competition is split into different categories; commercial, social impact, creative and staff. Applications for the 2018 competition are now closed however you can register your interest for the 2019 Big Idea Challenge through Accelerator’s website.

The Kickstarter campaign is open until 9 March 2018.

Four different versions of the Newport Works bags on offer, each differing in colour and size