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UEL law student selected as Mayor Sadiq Khan’s entrepreneurship ambassador

Law student Gabriel Osamor impressed the selection panel with his social media ideas

A final year LLB (Hons) Law student at the University of East London (UEL) is part of a small group of students who have been chosen for a prestigious 2017 London Mayor entrepreneurship internship. 

Stratford resident Gabriel Ifeanyi Osamor, 24 (pictured above right), was one of 20 students recently selected to promote Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Competition, which is aimed at getting young people to find innovative solutions to London’s environment challenges. 

Gabriel said, “I was so pleased to find out I had been selected from among the 300 people who applied. 

“The application process was rigorous, but I think the judging panel liked my ideas about promoting the competition among UEL students using Snapchat.”

Gabriel is now tasked with getting students at London universities, including UEL, to come up with solutions to a range of issues the mayor wants help to address. 

These include the need to increase recycling facilities for flats, improve public drinking water access so people use fewer plastic bottles, and how to deal with mattresses, carpets, office furniture and delivery packaging so they don’t end up in landfill sites. 

Gabriel said, “A team of fellow interns and I will work together to cover several universities in London, getting flyers made, telling staff and students about the competition, and using social media to promote it to our peers.”

The mayor’s team have organised a number of workshops at City Hall in London to help students with their entrepreneurial ideas for the competition. Submissions will be judged on their originality, carbon saving potential, and practicality, among other things.

Rebecca Coppock, UEL’s Student Enterprise Manager, said her team will host a one-time event for UEL students around the competition, which will include how to come up with an idea, how to get involved, and how to make an application stand out. 

She said, “The UEL Enterprise Team will also be offering tailored application surgeries in January as the deadline approaches, so UEL students should be sure to sign-up here to the mailing list to receive all the dates and details of the support available.”

Applications for the competition close on 18 February 2018.  Finalists will get to pitch their ideas in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style finale, before a panel of judges and a live audience. The winner will receive £20,000 and expert help to turn their idea into a real business.

Gabriel said, “It’s a great opportunity. An inspiring example is Arthur Kay, who won the competition in 2012 with his Bio-Bean idea to recycle coffee into a source of biofuel. Now he’s an established and successful entrepreneur. I really encourage students to think of an idea and have a go. You could have a huge impact on London and the environment.”