LSBU and MyKindaCrowd host Student Leaders Challenge DaySocial enterprise MyKindaCrowd collaborated with LSBU's Student Enterprise team to host a Student Leaders Challenge Day at the Clarence Centre
Students were given the chance to participate in challenges set by renowned international nutrition company Nestlé and multinational law firm Clifford Chance. British gas and electricity supplier Npower and Nestlé also launched two new exciting online challenges on the day.
The event included talks by successful entrepreneurs including well-known chocolatier Louis Barnett and LSBU graduate Kadeza Begum, who founded her design company KDEVISION as part of LSBU Student Enterprise's Graduate Entrepreneurship Scheme.
"How can students hope to have all the soft skills needed in the work place if they haven't had business experience or had the opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs? Events such as MyKindaCrowd are not just important, they are essential. These types of events should be common place in all universities around the country," says Louis.
Students participating in the challenges came from 17 universities all over the UK, including Anglia Ruskin University, University of Nottingham, University of Sussex and University of Southampton.
The winning team for the Nestlé challenge included LSBU student and head of the South Bank Entrepreneurs society, Ola Saromi. He will join his teammates at an Insight Day at Nestlé, where they will learn how the successful food company works.
"It's important to grasp opportunities like this because they enable us as students to gain great experience for our futures and learn from top class companies," says Ola.
The Clifford Chance challenge required teams of five to put together a product strategy to win lunch with a Clifford Chance partner and a CV consultation with the firm's recruiting specialist.
"The challenge was really hard, but it was so worthwhile, because it makes you work efficiently and under pressure with people who you have never met before. It's a great opportunity," says Rebecca Schroder, Law student at Bournemouth University and winner of the Clifford Chance challenge.