Going to college isn’t just about studying!! Glasgow Kelvin College encourages its students to think entrepreneurially and throughout the year gives them the opportunity to put what they learn in the classroom into practice.
The Market Maker Experience, aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills in students, is the most recent competition that students have taken part in. It requires them to use state-of-the-art technology to develop an innovative business idea. The students, in small groups, create a small business/start-up concept and devise appropriate and well thought out strategies to maximise their chances of developing a successful enterprise.
Each participating college fielded a group for a trip to London where all groups had to present their ideas to ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel of entrepreneurs. The atmosphere at the Glasgow Kelvin selection was intense with some friendly rivalry as the students came together to take part. This year four groups entered their ideas including international hampers, fitness app and band, a find my wallet app and a website to source products/services.
Everyone took it very seriously as they wanted to take their idea to the Institute of Design London event on the 17 November. With the backing of the College the winners were…..Fit-A-Me with their fitness app and band. The winning group of students comprised of Dermot O’Kane, Vicky Nakamatte, Thomas Stanton and Janie Morton who were ecstatic at the prospect of representing their idea in London with the hope of going to New York. They’re pictured here with their mentors.
The trip to London was fun, first taking over a carriage on the train and practising their pitch, then driving through London with all of the Christmas decorations lit up. The spectacular event itself took place in the salubrious surroundings of the IOD. Throughout the day 16 groups of students took the opportunity to promote their idea to visitors and judges. Glasgow Kelvin’s students really engaged the judges and presented their idea, gleaning feedback and expert opinions on likely success – the winner on the day was Cardiff and Vale with a dress up party idea called Trickle Box.
So no trip to New York for the students this year but all involved felt that the experience had been worthwhile, giving them the opportunity to put the theory into practice. The Fit-A-Me team who travelled to London will continue to pursue their concept as a business venture. Good luck for the future!!