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SOAS Student Enterprise Success Stories

SOAS students often amaze themselves with their entrepreneurial spirit. A number of people set up their own ventures or projects, here are some examples of students we have supported.

Spark Summer - Student Enterprise Boot Camp 2015 

From 8th-10th June 2015, 40 students from SOAS and Goldsmiths universities spent three days coming up with ideas that would make the world a better place. Read all about it 

Make a Difference 2015 

On June 4th, SOAS celebrated the achievements of SOAS students. Students who had done outstanding things volunteering or setting up enterprises were recognised by the Registrar and were given certificates.  Make a Difference 2015 (pdf; 623kb)

Kensington Aldridge comes to SOAS 

On March 30th 50 pupils from Kensington Aldridge Academy came to SOAS for a day of entrepreneurship. They got a campus tour, heard from SOAS student entrepreneurs, and pitched magazine ideas to a panel of judges. Kensington Aldridge Academy comes to SOAS (pdf; 444kb)  

SOAS students host African Development Forum on Social Enterprise 

The annual SOAS African Development Forum took place on the 14th of March and this year's theme for the conference was: 'Social Enterprise: Development from Within'. With 100 people in attendance, the student-run conference showcased the passion and engagement which our students have for issues facing the African continent and the growing interest in social enterprise within the school. SOAS Student Enterprise and Student Hubs at SOAS were supporting partners for the event this year. We will be publishing a report shortly. 

Solar SOAS reach finals of Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition 

A clean energy initiative set up by SOAS, University of London students and alumni has been announced as a finalist for this year’s Mayor of London 2015 Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize. See the full article for more.

Picture of Solar SOAS Low Carbon Competition

Award Winner Exchange Event 

On March 6th 2015, students and graduates who have previously won funding from Student Enterprise to start their ventures met up to discuss their trials and tribulations over a cuppa. Award Winner Meet Up (pdf; 332kb)

Winner of Bazaar Challenge 2015 

On the 25th of February, SOAS Ventures ran a special edition of the Bazaar which awarded the stallholder who made the most profit with a prize of £100. Read all about the winner, Noelle Oputa and her beautiful African prints in our article.  Bazaar Challenge 2015 (pdf; 262kb)

Second Spark Boot Camp: Fire It Up! 

On the first day of reading week 2015, we hosted the second in our series of student enterprise boot camps in partnership with Goldsmiths Careers Service at Google Campus. Students worked in teams during this day-long boot camp to develop their business ideas and business model canvasses. Find out which of the 10 teams won in our article: Spark: Fire It Up! (pdf; 371kb)

SOAS students finalists in national entrepreneurship competition 

Out of 10 universities with 200 students competing, SOAS came second in a national student enterprise competition called Student SimChallenge. The three teams who entered from SOAS ran a simulated business, and the finalists from Team BZ earned £16 million in (virtual) profit. Student SimChallenge, SOAS comes 2nd (pdf; 215kb)

SOAS alumni interviewed by British Council 

SOAS graduate entrepreneurs, Winnie Maganjo, Naqiyah Sultan, Filippo Valentini and Lorenzo Tedeschi were interviewed by the British Council for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 about the highs and lows of starting a business after university. SOAS Alumni feature on British Council Website (pdf; 243kb)

Global Entrepreneurship Week at SOAS 

For Global Entrepreneurship Week this year, we celebrated with a variety of events and workshops at SOAS which engaged roughly 100 students in enterprise over the course of the week. GEW 2014 Report (pdf; 380kb)

Spark Boot Camp 

On Monday 3rd November, SOAS Student Enterprise jointly with Goldsmiths Careers Service, ran an idea generation boot camp at Google Campus designed to encourage students to develop creative, sustainable, and innovative business ideas. Spark: Fire Up Your Inspiration Boot Camp (pdf; 298kb)

SOAS student is nominated for a prestigious award 

Pujan Gandhi, a SOAS graduate entrepreneur has recently been nominated for the prestigious Spear’s Young Turk Rising Star Award. He is one in five in the UK to be selected for the under 25 category. SOAS Student Nominated for a Prestigious Award (pdf; 234kb)

Lifejackets for Hope - project continues 

In 2013, Joanna Zhi Hiu was awarded UnLtd/HEFCE funding to start Lifejackets for Hope, a social enterprise which worked with students and homeless shelters to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness in London.  Now that Joanna has finished her studies at SOAS and has moved back to Singapore, she is passing on the project to other students and hoping to start a similar initiative back home. 60 second interview with Joanna Zhi Hiu (pdf; 389kb)

The Right to be Heard: A project by Kiran Flynn 

In 2012-2013, Kiran was awarded UnLtd/HEFCE funding to start her project On our Radar- The Right to be Heard, which aimed to give young people a voice in the media. A year on, her project has grown and she has been awarded funding by other external partners to develop her venture even further. Kiran Flynn: The Right to be Heard (pdf; 164kb)

Rosa Kurowska's Enterprise Story 

In 2013, Rosa applied for UnLtd/HEFCE funding with us. In this report she tells us about the success of Beyond Past and how she is planning to scale up her project in the months to come. Rosa Kurowska (pdf; 194kb)

SOAS Boot Camp

From June 9th-June 11th SOAS Student Enterprise, Goldsmiths University and Student Hubs jointly ran the annual student enterprise boot camp. 45 students spent 3 days developing social business ideas by completing challenges, hearing from experts in the field, and participating in team building activities. Read more about the winning team and the ideas that the students came up with. From Inspiration to Action 2014 Report (pdf; 364kb)

Make a Difference Celebration

On Thursday 22nd May 2014, SOAS Student Enterprise and the Volunteering Unit hosted the Make A Difference Celebration in the Brunei Suite to celebrate our students who make a difference by volunteering or setting up enterprises in their local communities. Read more about the winners and speakers who were present on the night. Make A Difference Celebration (pdf; 701kb)

Language Landscape starts second project 

Language Landscape began three years ago as part of Endangered Languages Week and has been very successful in promoting the value of multi-linguilism in east London schools. Their website launch took place at SOAS on the 24th of March 2014. Read more about their triumphs. Language Landscape (pdf; 249kb)  

SOAS student starts Buzz 'n' Bake  

A group of intercollegiate SOAS and UCL students have recently started the first late night bakery delivery service. Hamzah Chaudhary - Buzz 'n' Bake (pdf; 332kb)

SOAS student wins funding to tackle social isolation in residential homes

Sarah Bedford, Diploma in Economics student at SOAS, has been awarded the Provost's prize at London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge for her vision to tackle social isolation in residential homes. Sarah Bedford- Eat & Greet (pdf; 177kb)

Winnie Maganjo tells the story of Wanderlust, Gourmet Nut Butter

In the following video Winnie Maganjo, founder of Wanderlust, Gourmet Nut Butter talks about the trials and tribulations of being a student whilst starting up an enterprise.

Wanderlust, Gourmet Nut Butter, Winnie Maganjo, Student Enterprise, SOAS, University of London

SOAS Students win Phase 1 of the London Entrepreneur's Challenge 

Ange-Souris is a social enterprise project which tackles bat-infestation in West African hospitals. These entrepreneurs have found a profitable and scalable solution to a human and environmental problem rampant across the region and have one the first round of the London E-challenge. E-Challenge: Ange-Souris (pdf; 140kb)

Boot Camp participants teaching enterprise skills in Liberia 

Two SOAS Boot Camp (2012) participants have gone on to teach entrepreneurial skills in Liberia. The unique program delivers business training to women between 15 and 35 years of age and provides them with micro-loans to kick start their local businesses. Boot Camp participants teach Enterprise in Liberia (pdf; 160kb)

SOAS Students win Colchester Business Competition 

Two SOAS Students who participated in the Student Enterprise Boot Camp last year have recently won the Colchester Executive Jobs Club’s ‘Create Your Opportunity’ event. They received an award of £5,000 to develop their idea-- a business which imports a healthy sugar-alternative. SOAS Students win Colchester Competition (pdf; 144kb)

Meet & Two Veg go from strength to strength 

The Enterprise department funded a group of entrepreneurial students last year, who set out to combat isolation in big cities through food. The group, Meet & Two Veg, has recently joined the Hub Catalyst program. Read all about this transition in our article. Meet & Two Veg join Hub Catalyst (pdf; 346kb)

Global Entrepreneurship Week at SOAS 

GEW 2013 Campaign

For Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) at SOAS we organised 5 events, to encourage entrepreneurship at SOAS and within the student body. Have a read through our summary of the week and see some of the pictures from our enriching talks, networking events, and market. We even got awarded for running a High Impact Event as part of the GEW 2013 Campaign! Global Entrepreneurship Week Report (pdf; 313kb)

Filippo La Verghetta successfully passes on his Social Enterprise 

Filippo La Verghetta, one of our Award Winners last year, has now completed his degree in Arabic and Politics and moved to another country for career reasons. However, before he left the UK Filippo managed to successfully pass on his ever-growing social enterprise, the New Chapter Project, which had been seed funded by UnLtd. Further details about how this enterprise was set up and continues to grow without the presence of its original founder: Filippo La Verghetta hands over New Chapter Project (pdf; 94kb)

ITU Telecom World 2013 Young Innovators' Competition

Keston Perry, current Ph.D. student at SOAS has recently been selected as one of 10 Young Innovators at the ITU Telecom World Competition. This prize was for the development and growth of an interface called KUMBA Connect. SOAS Student wins ITU Telecom World Competition (pdf; 200kb)

UCL’s U-Create Design, Make, Sell Competition

SOAS CreateU Winners

Smera Nadeem, a first year BA History student and Majed Khashogji, who is studying for an MSc in Finance and Financial Law, won the “Overall Team” and “Best Products” categories at the 2013 U-Create Design Make Sell competition, run jointly by UCL Advances and NACUE. Smera Nadeem Majed Khashogi - UCreate (pdf; 158kb)





London Entrepreneurs' Challenge

Madison Salters

SOAS student Madison Salters has won the £2,000 Provost’s Prize in UCL’s prestigious London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge

The MSc International Management student joined forces with Amrita Bhattacherjee from UCL to develop a lightweight, innovative photo printer that clips on to the back of a mobile phone and prints wirelessly using new technologies. This enables users to customise and upload photos for real-time viewing. Further details.

Guerrilla London

Guerrilla London

Guerrilla London is a youth fashion start-up with a social mission. The business aims to train and employ young people to do great things in business and the creative industries. The business puts young people at the centre of a start-up business. In an environment where young people are struggling to access employment and faced with increasing limited options for paid work, Guerrilla London will run a profit sharing model that will financially reward young people, allowing them to work as equals in a business. Guerrilla London 2012 (pdf; 110kb)


Yaki - logo

SOAS student secures job from attending start-up milkround event.

In May SOAS held its first start-up milkround event which was sponsored by NACUE and enternships.  Students contacted local businesses and entrepreneurs to invite them to attend to meet with students interested in this area and who were looking to secure internships.  Showing real entrepreneurial spirit, Cheryl Pui Shan Hung, BA Southeast Asia Studies and Geography approached the owner of Yaki at the event, demonstrating how she could help him and is now employed as a full time marketing executive for the Japanese bakery as a result. Yaki Press Release (pdf) 

SOAS Recipe Book

SOAS Recipe Book
The SOAS recipe book was launched in 2010 and involved a group of students collecting recipes from staff and students that represented the diverse mix of cultures on campus. Recipes are used in the refectory and books are on sale in the Students' Union. The 2nd edition was launched in July 2013.