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LSBU celebrates its ambitious and enterprising students and graduates

London South Bank University celebrates the achievements of its entrepreneurial students and announces the winners of the Make It Happen competition
05 May 2015

Student Enterprise at London South Bank University (LSBU) held a day of celebration in recognition of its entrepreneurial and ambitious students and graduates at the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation. 

The day began with a pop up market and ended with an evening awards ceremony, where students received certificates for their involvement in enterprise-related activities. The team also announced the winners of Make It Happen, a new competition which helps students take their careers as freelancers or entrepreneurs to the next level. 

Anja Fischenich's eco-awareness game, the Great Carbon Footprint, took first prize in the Ideas category, which was sponsored by the London Small Business Centre. The Start Up award went to Simon Powell, founder of Fit2Trip, which provides travel insurance to people with disabilities and health impairments. 

"This is a fantastic boost for my business at this critical time of its development and I'm grateful to the judges, particularly given the excellent competition I faced. The office space prize will ensure that I still have access to LSBU's excellent facilities and the Student Enterprise team," said Simon, who is also on LSBU's Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme.

Students also received Certificates in Enterprise for their involvement in other enterprise activities and events, which included this year's Network of International Business Schools' Worldwide Business Case Competition and LSBU's Institute of Directors (IoD) steering group.

"We want our students to develop the skills and aspirations to succeed after graduation, in employment, further study or their own businesses. This evening, we are celebrating the achievements of some of our students who are developing their skills and exploring starting their own businesses," said Professor David Phoenix, Vice Chancellor of LSBU, at the awards evening.

During the day, a variety of LSBU entrepreneurs showcased their businesses and sold their wares at a pop market in the Clarence Centre courtyard. Businesses trading included fashion label Headfunk'd Apparel, ethical subscription box service This GOOD Box and bakery service Sweet Dream Cakes.

"This market is a great opportunity for us to meet potential clients, practice our sales pitch and get experience dealing with people," said Samuel Steventon, BA Digital Photography student and co-founder of photography agency South Bank Collective.

The day also featured a music quiz in celebration of World Intellectual Property Day and an Investment Escalator workshop on business ethics. The NatWest Business Bus was also on site giving out free expert advice on starting a business.