Big Ideas Competition Winner scoops an all-expenses paid trip to America to represent the UK in a global entrepreneurial challenge

Each year the University of Kent selects a student, or team of students, to compete at Virginia Tech University, USA along with students from 14 other universities from around the world. These students all have one thing in common: a great business idea.

The University of Kent represents the UK to compete in this prestigious competition with other countries including Ecuador, France and Australia. Students pitch their business ideas with the chance to win $25,000 and the title of ‘Global Entrepreneurship Champion’.

We are proud to announce the 2018 entry will be Sybil Mayard, who won the University of Kent preliminary ‘Big Ideas Competition’ with the business idea “CODABLE”. The judges had the very difficult task of narrowing down the student applications, and the competition was fierce.  Sybil’s winning entry, Codable, is a platform for students and employers in the IT industry to share examples of code in an online portfolio. In addition to her trip, Sybil also has full access to the Hub’s Start Up Support Programme & Space (worth £2k) kindly sponsored by Santander Universities.

Thank you to all of the students who entered the Big Ideas Competition this year- the calibre of entries was fantastic and every one of the participants should be proud of their achievements. The shortlisted finalists had the chance to pitch their business ideas to a “Dragons-Den” style panel on Wednesday 4th April at the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise, Canterbury Innovation Centre.



Business Support at the Hub for Innovation and Enterprise

If you feel that you have an innovative business idea that you would like to take forward, then now is your chance to act on it. Bring your ideas to the Hub team at the Canterbury Innovation Centre for help and support: call 01227 824641 or email .

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