Mayor of London Carbon Entrepreneur participants

The Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition Challenges

The Mayor's Entrepreneur competition is looking for student business ideas to help deliver good growth for our city – growth that makes London cleaner, greener and ready for the future.

Are you looking for some inspiration for your business or for an idea of a problem that needs solving? To give you somewhere to start, we've identified some challenges facing London for each different award.

These are only some of the issues that we face in London, so we still welcome all other ideas to make London a better place to live.

There is one £20,000 prize available for the winner of each award and each idea can only be entered into one of the below awards. 

Environment Award

The environmental award is looking for innovations to reduce carbon emissions in London.

Challenge 1: Air quality

How would you improve air quality in London both indoors and outside?
Challenge 2: Circular Economy Do you have an idea to make London’s economy more circular? Particularly in the textiles, electricals, packaging, the built environment and food industries?
Challenge 3: Energy Do you have an idea to produce more renewable energy or reduce energy use?
Challenge 4: Transport Do you have an idea to improve, add to or change transport in the city?
Challenge 5: Water How would you reduce water use in London in our homes, at work and at play?
Open Challenge New ideas often don’t fit into existing definitions. If you have an innovation that would reduce carbon emissions but doesn't fit any of the above challenges, we want to hear about it!

Tech Award

The tech award is looking for technological innovations to help make London a better place to live and work.

Challenge 1: AI and London’s ageing population How would you use data, AI, chatbots, machine learning or cognitive technologies to help support London’s ageing population?
Challenge 2: Digital technology and mental health How would you use data, mobile technology, virtual reality or augmented reality to create solutions to support the mental health of Londoners?
Challenge 3: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and London’s health and creative industries How would you use immersive technologies to help make London the most active city in the world?  Could you also use immersive technologies to support the creative industries?
Challenge 4: Data centres What processes, efficiencies, energy source or energy recycling systems would you put in place to reduce the environmental impact of data centres?
Challenge 5: Data Privacy Rights and Security How would you make it easier for individuals to securely identify, audit and reduce their digital footprint, taking control of their personal data and reducing their risk profile online?
Open Challenge New ideas often don’t fit into existing definitions.  If you have a tech innovation that doesn’t fit any of the above challenges, we want to hear about it!

Creative Industries Award

The creative award is looking for innovations to make the creative industries more sustainable.

Challenge 1: Green Fashion

How would you make fashion greener?

https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/make-fashion-circular

Challenge 2: Lighting for theatres and live events venues Can you find a suitable alternative to live venue lighting that meets EU regulations while providing the same quality and innovation that current options do?
Challenge 3: Cultural tourism How would you make tourism more sustainable in the city?
Challenge 4: Theatre and Film Is there an innovative product or service that can support the theatre or film industries in London in logistics like reusing costumes and scenery?
Challenge 5: Supporting night time workers Is there an innovative product or service that can support London's night time workforce and bring commercial benefits to businesses?  
Open Challenge New ideas often don’t fit into existing definitions. If you have an idea within the creative industries that doesn’t fit any of the above challenges, we want to hear about it!