Announcing London Met's 2024 Big Idea Challenge Winners

Winners of London Met's Big Idea Challenge announced at 12th annual enterprise competition awards.

Date: 19 April 2024

The winners of London Met’s 2024 Big Idea Challenge (Students and Graduates) were recently announced at a prestigious awards night held in The Great Hall on 19 April.

Run by the Student Enterprise team, the Big Idea Challenge is London Met’s annual enterprise competition, open to all entrepreneurially minded students and recent graduates with an idea for a new innovative business, socially-minded community or environment-focused project, or a creatively ingenious freelance endeavour.

A brand new International category was added to the competition this year, which gave students and graduates from our partner institutions the opportunity to enter and take part in the competition. The Student Enterprise team were blown away by the quality of great new and exciting ideas and initiatives entered into this year's competition, and we look forward to working with many of those who entered and took part in the 2024 Big Idea Challenge.

The winners of Big Idea Challenge 2024 in each category were:

IntelliGym - Hamzeh Kabuli, Khatereh Khorami, Hamed Khorami and Samir Ahmad Rahimy

Community & Environment
Lettin Loose - Sheena Ellington

Vortex Studio - Christina Morris

Lenscify Nepal - Rohit Acharya

People’s Choice
Visa Success Connect - Ajit Thapa Magar

Grand Champion
Lettin Loose - Sheena Ellington

While reflecting on the competition and it’s impact, London Met’s new Senior Student Enterprise Manager Elecia Du-Bisette said, “The Big Idea Challenge showcases the spirit of entrepreneurship, highlighting the remarkable talent and drive of London Met’s changemakers and innovators, and their groundbreaking ideas to drive change."

Emphasizing the importance of the Big Idea Challenge, Elecia highlights how "the competition provides a fantastic opportunity for students and graduates to refine their business concepts, learn from fellow entrepreneurs, and enhance their entrepreneurial skills. Over the past 12 years, the Big Idea Challenge has sparked many entrepreneurial careers, and I was delighted to witness the continued diversity and ingenuity among the ideas and the entrepreneurs. I look forward to continuing to support these entrepreneurs in developing their ideas."

Since its launch in 2012, previous Big Idea Challenge winners and semi-finalists have gone on to launch businesses which have created hundreds of jobs and generated millions of pounds in profit. With cash prizes for each of the winners and continued support for all participants, the Student Enterprise team seek to help our students and graduates in continuing to develop and launch their business ideas.

Elecia also tells us how "Joining London Met at such an exciting time fills me with anticipation. I look forward to working with my team to empower students and graduates with the expertise, resources, and real-life experiences necessary for thriving entrepreneurial and freelancing careers."

Big Idea Challenge winners - students and graduates

Each year, London Met runs two separate competitions as part of its Big Idea Challenge, one aimed at the University's students and recent graduates, and one for local students at local schools and colleges. In both competitions, students with an idea for a new innovative business, a socially-minded community or environment-focused project, or a creatively ingenious freelance endeavour.

The Big Idea Challenge (Schools and Colleges) awards night took place on 24 April 2024.