Enterprise, Innovation and Creativity in Art & Design

Two of Glasgow Kelvin College’s creative Art & Design students have been recognised for their enterprising and innovative ideas in the Bridge 2 Business ‘Fresh Start 2017 – What’s Your Business Idea’ competition.

The competition formed part of an incubator event organised through Clockwise which saw 160 students from across Scotland come together in Glasgow to attend seminars and take part in a Market-place, all hosted by Bridge 2 Business.

From an impressive field of 50 students showcasing their innovative design and business ideas, three were selected to provide a 5-minute pitch on how they hoped to develop their product.

Jess Whitestone and Andy Graham, Level 6 Art & Design students based at Glasgow Kelvin’s East End Campus, were each selected by the panel of judges.

Jess’s pioneering idea – ‘The VMT’ guaranteed her a free 1-week incubator space with Clockwise plus free tickets to attend the Summit Event in Edinburgh to support and bring her idea to life.

Andy was selected by the judges to pursue his product-based business creating Scottish and Irish themed gifts for the tourist industry.  He won a marvellous prize with Smart Enterprise Scotland which includes mentoring support from an entrepreneur and tickets for the Summit Event in Edinburgh.

Both students were delighted to have their work recognised in this way, though were remaining tight-lipped about the essential detail of their products.  Their ideas were generated through the Enterprise element of their courses and the College is justifiably proud of their achievements.  This success is a testament to the hard work of their tutors and to their own creative, but practical, business acumen.

Congratulations go to both and we’re keeping an eye on the marketplace to see how they each take forward their trailblazing ideas.  Well done!