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LSBU supports student applications to The Mayor's Entrepreneurs Competition (TMEC). TMEC is a prestigious competition to demonstrate a combination of engineering and entrepreneurial excellence. Despite numerous applications, the Engineering School had not yet had an applicant get into later stages of the competition. To rectify this an embedded programme introducing enterprise to engineers has been developed, supported by the Engineers in Business Prize Fund. The goal is to support as many quality applications as possible to go into The Mayor's Entrepreneurs Competition.

Called Design and Practice, the level 4 core module for undergraduate Engineering Students equipped engineering students with design discipline, creativity and problem-solving skills. This is the first major initiative to support students in entering external enterprise competitions. Three hundred students took part in the module, working in teams to develop an idea. The programme culminated in a Pitch Party in front of a panel of university academics and student entrepreneurs who chose our first Engineers in Business winners. £3,000 worth of Engineers in Business Prizes were awarded to multiple students including the Gold, Silver, Bronze, Highly Commended and People's Choice winners. Featured below are the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended awardees.
Gold Winner: Streetcharge - Talha Syed, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and Khaled Sad Saoud, MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering - £ 600 Engineers in Business Prize

Streetchrage is a smart charging platform embedded into pavements, to provide charging points for electric vehicles.  In addition to winning the Engineers in Business Gold Prize, the Streetchrage team went on to win the Judge’s Choice award at the Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition and received £20k prize to further develop their idea. 

Silver Winner: Smart Device Accelerometer - Andrew Chisholm, BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering - £400 Engineers in Business Prize

The Smart Device Accelerometer is a smart device for motorists, that uses sensors and G-force to detect the presence of potholes.

Bronze Winner: Aura Transit - Sophia Jarrett, Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering and Thomas Marshall, BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering - £400 Engineers in Business Prize

Aura Transit is a ventilation system for the underground. Reusing waste heat and filtering it to provide cool clean air.

Highly Commended - Zephyr: Deion Coe, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

A sustainable solution to clean air using photovoltaic technology, situated on dormant street lamps.

Positive Feedback

“This year, London South Bank University students have really excelled under extremely challenging circumstances with the enterprising ideas that they have developed. In addition to six teams of engineering students being shortlisted for the semi-finals, one team of first-year students were selected for the finals. This is in addition to one of our graduates also being selected as a finalist. These achievements are the biggest testament to all of their hard work, and willingness to embrace enterprise education.

We are so thankful to Engineers in Business for its ongoing support with our students, it has helped me and my colleagues to anchor the many ways in which enterprise, entrepreneurship, problem-solving and engineering are finely interconnected. I’m also grateful to have such a great student enterprise team that I work with and who offer incredible support to our students. Our student feedback has demonstrated that integrating engineering problem-solving with open-ended live-projects is an excellent method for enabling students to apply theory, research and creativity into their solutions.”

Alessio Corso, Senior Lecturer, Head of Division: Mechanical Engineering and Design
Course Director: BEng/MEng (Hons) Advanced Vehicle Engineering
London South Bank University