The Mayor's 2017 Entrepreneur is

Congratulations to Twipes from City, University of London for winning the Mayor's Entrepreneur 2017.



Check out some photos from this year's event

Twipes are hygienic, water-dispersible wet wipes on a roll designed to fit into existing toilet roll holders. They are free from harsh chemicals and dissolve in water within three hours. This makes them an environmentally-friendly alternative to existing wet wipes currently on the market that don’t degrade quickly and can cause serious issues and damage to the drainage system.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As London’s population grows the pressure on our infrastructure increases with it. Alborz and Ellenor are to be commended for tackling this challenge head on and they should be very proud of what they have achieved.

“I’m hugely impressed by the quality of entries. It’s testament to the creativity and talent in London’s world-leading universities that such a range of innovative solutions have been developed to make our city a better place for future generations.”

Citi representative, Niels Kirk said: “Citi is excited to be supporting the Mayor’s Entrepreneur. The finalists have developed environmentally and socially-minded business propositions and should all be incredibly proud to have reached the final of this competition.

“We believe in the importance of supporting today’s urban youth to help catalyse jobs and develop entrepreneurial and innovative mind-sets, so that they are empowered and career ready. As a global business we see first-hand the impact unemployment has on young people the world over, and the influence this can have on their self-esteem and future prospects".

Important information

How is it judged?

Ideas are judged on:-

  • Originality - What makes your idea new for London? How is it better and smarter than what's already out there?
  • Practicality - The top prize is £20k. Is that enough to help you make your idea a reality?
  • Clarity - Make sure you describe your idea really clearly
  • Longevity - Where do you see your idea in five years' time?
  • Carbon savings - If you're doing things smarter than other businesses, you're probably also saving energy and resources. That means you're saving carbon too!

We can give feedback on ideas before you send them and help you spot the carbon savings. Email [email protected] 

How does it work?

Step 1: Come up with a smart idea

Students either as individuals or part of a group have between now and the deadline to come up their ideas.

Step 2: Submit your smart idea

Enter your idea on the competition entry page.

Step 3: Judges do their bit

An expert panel of judges will create and shortlist the ten best ideas to go through to the final. 

Step 4: The final

In March, the lucky finalists will pitch their ideas in front of the judges and a live audience at City Hall. This is when the Mayor's Entrepreneur 2017 will be chosen.

Want inspiration?

Looking to get your creative juices flowing? Check out stories and experiences from previous winners

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.

Happy brainstorming!

What to expect?

Watch this video to get a flavour of what to expect during finals day.

2017 entries