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University of East London E-Factor 2018 semi-final

The annual UEL competition for entrepreneurs

E-Factor is back! And this is sure to be one of our best competitions yet.

Join us for the E-Factor semi-finals on 24 April at 4:30 p.m. at UEL's Knowledge Dock as we whittle down the field to five entrepreneurs.

The winner will be crowned E-Factor Champion on May 24 at Natwest’s Bishopsgate headquarters. Prizes include £6,000 in start-up funding.

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Our ten 2018 semi-finalists are, in no particular order:  

1. Leonard Foster, Maija Pastore, Kristina Georgieva & Dominika Gorska, Kookyloco, Final Year Business Management (Marketing) Students. 

KoOkyLoCo offers quirky events & immersive experiences for sophisticated professionals who wants to go back to the good old days when the drinks were flowing, music was louder and nights were longer. Their aim is to light back the spark that`s been lost in the daily routine and just celebrate life!

2. Saspha Codling, Cocktails & Macarons, MA Psychosocial Studies Graduate

Cocktails and Macarons is a start-up specialising in ready made cocktails, and delicious fresh macarons. They are seeking funding in order that they can build-up the brand via food, drink and wedding fairs and business events, as well as social media. By engaging with food and drink developers they hope to understand shelf-life and best presentation of their ready-made cocktail product, with the view to selling via retail channels.

3. Jemima Garthwaite & Rebecca Dove, One Thing Well, Jemima, Msc Sustainability in the Built Environment Student; Rebecca, On Purpose Fellow

One Thing Well is taking a tech start-up approach to reviving the UK’s underused woodlands. Their mission is to help reinvigorate Britain’s forestry sector, and to reduce demand for imported timber. To achieve this, they are creating an online marketplace for the woodland world; a digital platform to connect woodland owners to a sustainable source of demand, and to allow those who need timber to source it easily and locally. Customers will see the journey their purchase has taken from the woodland to their hands.

4. Darlon De Souza Silva, Secret Connection, Msc Finance and Risk Student

Secret Connection is a restaurant with an interesting concept of having two kitchens and two main menus. One kitchen will be focused on animal products and the other one will be cooking only plant-based products. After seeing a gap in the market Darlon thinks that this unique offer will take the booming food and restaurant industry by storm.

5. Jon Prince, The Perception Coach, Msc Psychology Student

The Perception Coach is designed to help people improve the way they think, how they feel and what they do. Using a unique blend of psychology, philosophy and mindfulness, the Perception Coach 10 week plan offers tools and strategies to increase happiness and well-being. Using the latest scientific research the plan has been designed to fit seamlessly into a busy lifestyle and the most exciting part of it is that it has the capacity to improve the quality of life for millions of people. 

6. James Edmunds, Rebound Board, Second Year Product Design Student

Rebound Board is a product targeted at sports centres which will revolutionise the safety in the sports industry. Using clever design, Rebound Board is able to protect the users, whilst creating advertising space for businesses to advertise on. Sports Centres not only benefit from the product, but are also offered the ability to get the product free of charge.

7. Evans Mensah, Laaghas, Second Year Product Design Student

Evans has come up with the a idea of making sandwiches with waffles. He confesses it might be "Crazy" but almost a year later, thousands are sold and he eager to turn Laaghas in to a fully-fledged business.

8. Polly Abbott, 158

9. Jessica O'George, The Art Of Life

10. Stefano Bleziri, Teaching The Future

About E-Factor:

E-Factor is the University of East London’s business ideas competition for student and recent graduates. Successful applicants participate in an intensive development and mentoring programme, and the best five ideas go head-to-head in the grand final.

Previous winners have included vidiCREW and WOMMA Sportswear.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Knowledge Dock at UEL Docklands Campus

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