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UEL student chosen to be London Mayor's entrepreneur intern

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Farhana Begum delighted to fly flag for Sadiq Khan's entrepreneurship competition 

A University of East London (UEL) student has secured a place on a sought-after internship scheme with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan – and even got to meet him at an exclusive meeting at City Hall.

Farhana Begum (pictured shaking Sadiq Khan's hand), a 20-year-old second-year accounting and finance student, was picked as one of just 15 Mayor's Entrepreneur interns. The group is tasked with promoting the Mayor’s competition to find London’s most promising student entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability. 

“I really wanted to do an internship for the experience, so I jumped at the chance to apply for the Mayor’s scheme,” said Farhana. 

University students in London were invited to apply for a place on the scheme, with those selected acting as ambassadors at their universities to promoting the competition.
 
Students with a great entrepreneurial idea around sustainability are encouraged to submit their idea, with finalists entering a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style finale. The winner will receive £20,000 seed funding to turn their idea into a real business. 

Commenting on the launch of the competition, Sadiq Khan, said, “From cleaning up our filthy air to boosting recycling and cutting food waste, our student entrepreneurs could help solve some of the serious challenges our city faces.

“London is the best place in the world to launch and grow a business and a leading centre for green technology. With our many world-leading universities in the capital, I’m sure this competition will generate some truly innovative solutions to help boost London’s environment.”

Farhana, who lives in Beckton, said she heard about the internship offer from a UEL employment manager and decided to apply.

She has been busy in her new role, distributing flyers, talking to staff and students and getting plenty of support from the UEL Enterprise team. 

As part of the scheme, she was recently invited to a meeting with Sadiq Khan and the other interns at City Hall. 

“It was really nice to meet him,” said Farhana. “He really encouraged us, and it was a chance to catch up with the other interns and talk about what we’ve been doing to promote the competition among students.

She says she feels confident that the experience will help her to stand out when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

“I’m planning to take a year out to do a work placement for my third year, and I’d like to start a business around finance in the future,” she says.
 
Entries for the Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition must be submitted before 12 February 12, with the winner being announced in March. Students can register here

UEL students can also email Farhana for more information and support at u1531043@uel.ac.uk