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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 the business will have a positive environmental or social impact and a Commercial Stream, for any general business idea.
Winner: Lucas Bowers (right), Software Engineering 2nd Year Student with his co-founder Elliot Reeve (left) - £3,000 Engineers in Business Prize

Lucas and Elliot developed Reel Share, an online talent platform created to disrupt the entertainment industry. The platform enables professionals in film, music, and dance to showcase talent, collaborate, generate fans, schedule auditions, and apply for jobs.

Reel Share’s business model attracts two audiences - B2C and B2B - for professionals wanting to be presented by talent agencies and labels. Reel Share is the only platform focusing on the entertainment industry in this way, making it both unique and innovative.

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The addition of the EIB prize to our Enterprise Challenge has been very valuable as it has 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