London Met launches Big Idea competition

The annual competition launched on 1 February and is open to all passionate London Met staff, students and graduates

Date: 4 February 2016

London Met’s business incubator, Accelerator, is again running the University’s annual Big Idea Challenge. The competition, open to all staff, students and graduates, seeks to unearth big ideas and the passionate individuals or teams they belong to.

The three different competition categories; Commercial, Social Impact, and Creative, mean that the types of ideas that can be entered is only limited by your imagination.

Previous finalists have included an innovative mobile app, an ethical fashion marketplace, a new medical service, a podcast series, and a national dance club.

There is more than £30,000 worth of cash and other prizes up for grabs, including websites, one-to-one mentoring with experienced entrepreneurs, and spaces on the University’s prestigious 10-week summer Launchpad programme.

Business and Law student Macchris Ilo and Computing student Dennis Wahome won last year’s Social Impact category and were the overall winner of the 2015 Big Idea Challenge. Macchris idea was ‘Be My Lawyer,’ an online platform which teaches people how to represent themselves in court using easy to follow video lessons.

“I first became interested in law at the age of 16,” Macchris says. “Being a black male raised in Italy, I come from an ethnic minority. I realised that law is one of the most powerful tools given to people, but at the same time it is the most detrimental.

“I understood that not knowing the law would be not knowing my rights if I ever had to represent myself. Winning this Award means a lot to us, especially as we aim to provide a lot of online help via our website.”

You can view previous winners as well as download the competition information pack at accelerator-london.com/bigidea.

The deadline for entries is 9am on Monday 7 March 2016.

The deadline for entries is 9am on Monday 7 March 2016.