Over 50 students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London have entered the Enfield Innovation Competition 2012, with a chance of winning £10,000 to start their own business.

The Competition, run as a collaboration between the North London Chamber of Commerce and Redloop Design and Innovation Centre (part of Middlesex University), is funded by Enfield Council with the aim of developing the capacity for innovation in the borough within three target groups: Enfield businesses, Enfield residents and Enfield students.

To encourage students to enter and to help them with their submission, Enfield Enterprise held an event at the College’s Enfield Centre on 28 February. Business students and other students from across the College were invited to attend the four hour session coached by Dr Andy Bardill, Director of Middlesex University, who helped the students come up with new ventures and ideas.

The best 40 entries will receive intensive help from the College and Middlesex University innovation experts who will help them refine their ideas before they pitch their final plan to a panel of judges.

Level 3 Business student, Ajifatou Jammeh, works as a mobile hairdresser and enrolled at the College so she could develop her mobile hairdressing as a business. With the help of Enfield Innovation she will submit her entry to develop a mobile hairdressing phone application. She said: “My idea is to have a mobile hairdressing directory that people can access to find affordable and local hairdressers. This makes it convenient for people while also supporting the local economy.”

All entries will be given free feedback on their ideas and advice on where they could make connections for support and apply for funding.

The competition is in its third year and recognises that new ventures and ideas are an important way of creating opportunities for business growth or social enterprise in the borough.

Darren Leftwich, Head of School for Business said “We want to encourage our students to think outside the box and get behind this competition to win a life changing amount of money to help their career in the future".

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