Now in it’s 12th year, E-Factor has seen over 1000 applications from sectors such as fashion, software, food, sport, music and renewable energy. E-Factor is a fantastic opportunity for students to embrace their inner entrepreneur; gaining skills in business planning, idea development and pitching and presentation. Through our structured development programme the students can refine their ideas and business potential through our 3 day boot-camp and 1-2-1 mentoring from industry experts. At the end of the programme, 5 finalists will pitch live to an audience of industry professionals. All finalists will be given a business base in the Knowledge Dock Business and Innovation centre with the winner receiving £6000 cash funding to help kick start their idea.
Over 80 students submitted their ideas to this year's E-Factor
Over 100 industry experts and academics attended last year's Grand Final in Canary Wharf
This year's E-Factor Champion will receive £6,000 to kick-start their idea
Meet The Finalists
Mama’s Original is a brand that creates authentic Caribbean sauces, making even an inexperienced chef able to eat restaurant quality food in the home without the need for expensive takeaways.
Kose Homes is a property management company that connects landlords with ex-offenders who are at risk of homelessness. They reduce the barriers to securing a rental property by accepting security deposits, through the Rental Deposit Scheme, and providing support and mentoring to both the tenant and landlord.
Bnice Sports Performance delivers fitness sessions to young athletes in the East London area. These sessions will consist of skill development, social group workshops, and health and nutrition education. Bnice caters for young athletes of all abilities from grassroots to elite.
Lavantus is an app-based agency that caters to private health care professionals - focussing on the care home sector, Lavantas enables health care companies to book work at short notice and easily manage payments.
All subject to change
30 January 2017
Shortlisted ideas start preparing their ideas for the Semi-Final. They take part in a short incubation programme consisting of an ideation session, 3-day bootcamp and pitching masterclass.
10 ideas go through to the semi-final at Knowledge Dock in front of a public audience
March - April 2017
The 5 finalists receive a series of mentoring sessions delivered by industry experts in marketing, finance and intellectual property.
The best thing about E-Factor was that it allowed me to stress-test my idea through this processMahyar Rahmantalab , E-Factor Winner 2016
4th and 5th Prize:
Pomegranate is a wholesaler of high quality fruits and vegetables. Nurturing close relationships with some of the most renowned British producers and influential chefs: pomegranate provides distribution and logistics for a range of produce, most notably high quality organic and biodynamic fruits and vegetables to establishments across the capital.
Thanks to E-Factor, WOMMA have produced their first manufactured samples of their originally designed fight gear.