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Business students at Southwark College joined representatives from London Metropolitan University this week to participate in a workshop designed to empower students and encourage entrepreneurship to help them generate and develop their ideas into a powerful business model to enter the Big Idea Challenge start-up competition.

During the session, the students heard about the competition and formed teams to brainstorm an initial business idea in one of three categories, including commercial, social impact and creative experience. The students also received tips on research, entrepreneurial skills, developing an idea into a business model and preparing a pitch.

Annette Cast, Principal at Southwark College, said: "We're delighted to have welcomed representatives from London Metropolitan University to our campus and to see our students unleashing their creativity and business mindset to produce innovative ideas to enter the Big Idea Challenge competition.  

"This is an excellent opportunity for our students to work collaboratively to create something that can make a difference. I look forward to seeing their business ideas go to the next step of the competition and become a reality."   

The Big Idea Challenge is a business start-up competition to get young people into enterprise and entrepreneurship. The competition has three stages, which include entering a business idea, attending a bootcamp day hosted by NatWest where students will have coaching to develop their idea and learn how to pitch it to mentors and a chance to win internships, free websites, and business mentoring to turn their ideas into a reality. 

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