Enterprise news from Queen’s Westminster LSBU and Middlesex

Written by Kate Beresford


Queen’s: Student becomes first undergraduate to win top prize at Invent Awards

Lewis Loane, Electrical and Electronic Engineering student, has been working alongside Enterprise SU at Queen’s University Belfast to refine, grow and develop his business ‘Signal Optimiser’, an electronic signal device that improves the sound quality of amplified instruments. Over the past year, and with the help and support of Enterprise SU, Signal Optimiser has gone from strength to strength, gaining not only accolades within the University, but external funding and support. Most recently Lewis competed in Northern Ireland’s most prestigious innovation competition, Catalyst’s ‘Invent’, winning both the ‘Electronics Category’ and becoming ‘Overall Competition Winner’, taking home a total prize pot of £13.5K. Invent is a huge competition in Northern Ireland, and Lewis is the only undergraduate student to ever win it so the University is delighted!


Westminster Creative Enterprise Centre: ‘WUTOPIA’ POP-UP

The University of Westminster’s Creative Enterprise Centre is delighted that its innovative POP-UP Shop scheme will be based in the one of London’s top shopping and cultural destinations – Covent Garden from 2-8 December. The ‘WUTOPIA’ POP-UP will present a range of creative arts, bringing together eight students and graduates, and playing host to resin decorative art & home ware, limited edition fashion, men’s sports apparel and jewellery, graphic design, paintings, wellness products and stationery. 2019 is the second year of the POP-UP initiative – a pioneering enterprise and experiential learning project run by the University’s Creative Enterprise Centre, to support and showcase their creative entrepreneurs and bring their talents to the high street. All purchases made will go directly to support the growth of their craft & businesses. More details here.


Middlesex University: Entrepreneurship students win gold at international competition

Middlesex University won team GOLD at the international final of the Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship competition 2019. Four students from MGT4750 Venture Development were presented with gold medals and the overall gold team award at the Institute of Directors. 20 teams competed in the final and three of the winning students are pictured here, Cristana Dina, Carolina Pizzo (also winner of the Most Entrepreneurial Student award), and Jordan Andrews, with their tutor Dr Christopher J Moon (far left) who won an Outstanding Teacher award. 70 million people watched the preliminary rounds in China. “Middlesex were the outstanding British team and were clearly very well prepared for the event” said Peter Harrington, CEO of SimVenture. Further information from Dr Chris Moon or here.


LSBU: New training programme for enterprise educators

Since November 2017, 5 organisations from across Europe have been developing a training programme for enterprise educators through the Erasmus+ funded ETEE project.  In October, the ETEE project team delivered two events to share the project outcomes – one in Wales, in partnership with Big Ideas Wales and one at Regent’s University.  The events were a chance for educators to try out the new materials and think about how they could implement them within their organisations. All of the ETEE materials are now available to access, free of charge, on the ETEE project website .