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The University of Greenwich runs the Enterprise Challenge, an annual competition that provides mentoring, training and funding for entrepreneurial students who want to pursue an idea. All students and recent graduates are eligible to apply.

There are two streams that you can apply for – a Social Stream, if your business will have a positive environmental or social impact (NB you can still generate a profit through this stream), and a Commercial Stream, for any general business idea.
Winner: Rapid Bio-Labs - Mohamed Said (left), PhD in Science pictured with Rachel Brown, Head of Enterpise & Innovation, University of Greenwich; Amira Eltokhy (right), PhD in Engineering; team members not pictured, Basel Barakat, PhD in Engineering and Mohamed Deif, MSc Computer Networks and Network Design - £3,000 Engineers in Business Prize

Rapid Bio-Labs will provide quick, accurate, cost-effective and accessible software to deliver automated cell counting services using Artificial Intelligence (AI). By accelerating the research, new medical discoveries will be facilitated, which could potentially save lives. Unlike the current approach, i.e., manually counting; we will provide the users with trustworthy software. Rapid Bio-Labs is targeting pharmaceutical and medical research laboratories, which falls into the research and development (R&D) sector.

Positive Feedback

The addition of the EIB prize to our Enterprise Challenge has been very valuable as it’s raised the profile of the competition amongst both engineering staff and students. The EIB prize prompted us to hold a special enterprise bootcamp at our Medway campus to attract more engineers to the competition and give them the opportunity to meet students from different subject areas, and we found that these networking opportunities led to exciting innovations.

Rachel Brown, Head of Enterprise and Innovation, University of Greenwich