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Debut CityStarters Weekend a Resounding Success

More than a hundred postgraduates came to City University London's first CityStarters Weekend, hoping to win cash prizes for the best start-up idea.

Illustration of the City of LondonCity University London hosted its first CityStarters Weekend.

The weekend, hosted at Cass Business School saw over one hundred postgraduate students participate in the three-day long event.

Budding entrepreneurs pitched their start-up ideas, and overall, 26 business ideas were proposed and voted on, with the top 15 going to the next stage. Next, participants formed teams to work on turning their ideas into a reality.

In the end, the CityStarters Weekend produced 14 viable business pitches, each with a chance of winning £10,000 in cash prizes sponsored by Santander.

Over the course of the weekend, participants could call on the expertise of 21 entrepreneur-mentors who were available to support teams and lend a helping a hand. There were also talks given by five inspiring entrepreneurs, such as alumni Lisa Sohanpal from Mini nom noms, and Keith Abel from Abel&Cole.

Caroline Wiertz, Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship Programmes at Cass Business School said, "CityStarters Weekend is a great way to start the new academic year with a bang, and I’m amazed by the energy, commitment, and talent of our student entrepreneurs. Many of their ideas are really exciting and I can’t wait to see them come to live!"

The winners were:

Archtor created a new keyboard for serious gamers and won £4,000.

JIY created a juice-it-yourself juice bar and won £3,000.

Hoodini created an ethical, upcycling hoodie brand and won £3,000.

Aurore Hochard, Head of Entrepreneurship Programmes said, "It’s been a real pleasure to plan and run the CityStarters Weekend. The ideas, enthusiasm and hard work students brought to the event were absolutely remarkable. I feel it is the beginning of an amazing entrepreneurship journey for all participants and hopefully it will inspire other students to join us next time!”

CityStarters is on a mission to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial talent at City University London and make it the UK's best place for awesome student starters.

CityStarters organises extra-curricular events, competitions, business support services for budding student and graduate entrepreneurs.

If you've got a great idea, but don’t know where to turn or what to do next, CityStarters are here to help!

See all the live Tweets from the CityStarters Weekend on Storify.

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