Could you be the 2016 Low Carbon Entrepreneur?
What is it?
The Low Carbon Entrepreneur is a competition run by the Mayor of London and sponsored by Citi Foundation to find fresh new ideas to cut carbon emissions and give students employability skills.
It’s open to current students and recent graduates (2015) from London universities and colleges. To enter, you must be over 18 on 30 March 2016. You can enter as an individual or as a team.
For email updates about the competition and extra information to help with your application, register your interest below.
What are we looking for?
We’re after your bright ideas to help reduce carbon emissions in London. Your idea should be original and practical. You should also be clear about how you plan to develop your idea and ultimately turn it into reality. Remember that carbon is emitted from pretty much every action you take everyday - the way you travel, what you eat and what it is packaged in, the water you use, and the clothes you buy. Could you find a better and smarter way?
Remember, the simplest ideas are often the best.
What’s in it for me?
During the autumn term we will be running free workshops on entrepreneur and employability skills. These will be held at 10 universities and are available to anyone who meets the above criteria.
After the February 2016 deadline we'll be holding workshops open to everyone who has entered to help improve presentation skills including elevator pitches. This training will be useful when pitching your ideas to the judges and for future interviews. All applicants can also choose to be considered for a number of paid internships with Citi that are up for grabs.
If you get through to the final, you’ll be paired with a mentor from Citi who will also provide guidance for future career decisions.
The winner of the competition will receive £20,000 to develop your idea and bring it to market. The winner will also receive mentoring and support from City Hall. This is an amazing opportunity to become your own boss and see your idea become a reality.
For more information and answers to some frequently asked questions click here.
The judging process
Your ideas will be judged by an expert panel that picks the top ten finalists. If you’re lucky enough to make the shortlist you’ll pitch your ideas to our high profile panel in front of a live student audience at City Hall. Past judges have included Dame Vivienne Westwood, Dame Ellen MacArthur, journalist and newsreader Charlene White, co-founder of Innocent Smoothies Richard Reed, Zac Goldsmith MP, and Deborah Meaden.
Just think Dragons’ Den for students and you’ll get the picture
Congratulations to Solveiga Pakstaite's Bump Mark (Brunel University) and Caroline Wood and Vivien Tang's Clotho London (Imperial College London) the 2015 Low Carbon Entrepreneurs. To find out more information about the previous winners and to see videos and interviews from previous events, click here.