Greenwich students reach semi-finals of Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition!

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The annual Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition focuses on four categories including Creative Industries, Environment, Health and Smart Cities. 

These London based awards were open to applicants and those who have entered have now been examined and there are 30 semi-finalists in each category. Out of these, there will be just five finalists in each award.

Last year from Brunel University London Lauren Bell won the Creative Industries Award with Cosi Care, a handheld tool that combines cold, texture and frictionless design to offer the optimal itch-relief sensation for children with Eczema. 

This year there are three Greenwich students who have made it to the semi-finals.
Lorzeno Fruscella is a PhD student with a business called Growing Futures, Ismail Gonul a BEng Mechanical Engineering student working on SBS (Smart Bins) and Jaysanthosh Venkatesan studying a Masters in International Business with his project The Shop.

We caught up with Jaysanthosh to find out more about his project. 'The Shop' is a virtual store using AI technology, making shopping easy, enjoyable, and hassle-free.

Jaysanthosh came up with the idea during COVID-19 when he experienced difficulties in both online as well as retail shopping, a lack of online support available to customers, and the challenges the most vulnerable people had with leaving their homes for shopping.


Pictured Jaysanthosh

'The Shop' is an online platform for existing regional outlets and vendors wanting to operate directly through warehouses to reach out to a vast customer base. The platform enables vendors to buy virtual spaces for stocking and delivering products directly to customers.

We caught up with Ismail Gonul about the project idea of Smart Bins (SBS). The project aims to help improve street bins and the efficiency of waste collection. By adding sensors and scanners into units, waste management can be made more efficient, especially recycling, and costs could be reduced. 

The big picture is that the SBS project could be expanded to shops, supermarkets, shopping centre, hospitals and wider industries who could also save funds on waste management.

Pictured Ismail Gonul

Congratulations to all three students who have gotten this far with their innovative ideas. We wish the best of luck to them as they have to submit a 2 minute video pitch before the 13th of July.

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