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.
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
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
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
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 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)
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)