Date published: May 10, 2016
Students scoop over £1000 towards their business idea FlexyDine
Seven business school students have won over £1000 towards their business idea FlexyDine.
The team made up of Adam Karow, Georgy Bickerdyke, Suleiman Duale, Joseph Laisby, Cristinel Mateias, Mohammad Jaberansari and Hamza Shah were victorious in two pitching competitions, the Santander Pitch It and the Incubox Kickfactor contest.
The winning idea seizes on the increasing popularity of last minute booking, offering consumers the chance to book a table through their website and app with significant discounts. Both diners and restaurant managers gain from this, with tables booked up and meals available at cut prices.
Their first victory came at the Santander Pitch It competition, when their pitch impressed the judging panel so much that they won the £250 prize and will now represent Salford at the national Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.
This win built their confidence for the Kickfactor competition just weeks later, when a bigger prize of £1000 was available. This was brought to us by Wildings Solicitors and Incubox in partnership with our Enterprise team and Salford Business School.
The team faced tough competition from the likes of Neha Sharma who created a writing aid for the infirm and disabled after her teacher lost two fingers, and Daniel Willis who pitched the idea of a small earpiece system containing a full set of languages and a translating system that would allow for conversation between people of two nationalities.
FlexyDine though again emerged victorious winning £1000 and professional mentoring and business support.
The Kickfactor competition was integrated by lecturers Dr Aleksej Heinze, Dr Marie Griffiths and Alex Fenton with a final year eCommerce Consulting and Practice module assignment for the BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology students.
Dr Aleksej Heinze, eCommerce Consulting and Practice module leader said : “Integrating a national competition in a final year module assignment allowed our students to step up and use all knowledge from their Business Information Technology degree to use in developing this business idea. Needless to say that the FlexyDine winning team have done incredibly well on their module marks too.”
Suleiman Duale of FlexyDine said: “The process was intense but yet rewarding. Winning both competitions has boosted the moral of the team and with the support and investment from both Wildings and Santander we can cover base start-up costs of the company and move forward from there.”
Mr Kid Harwood from Wildings Solicitors and Incubox said: “Wildings is proud to be supporting an event like Kickfactor at Media City which brought together Entrepreneurs and business people alike.
“At Incubox innovation and entrepreneurship is a huge part of our culture. We are actively seeking to invest and support local talent. Thank you for this fantastic opportunity of working with Salford University Students culminating in the Kickfactor 2016 finals at Media City.