Lion’s Den Challenge Start-Up Competition (LDC) Workshop

We are delighted to invite you the Lion’s Den Challenge Start-Up Competition (LDC). The university’s flagship start-up competition that equips King’s students, alumni & staff with practical business skills, whilst giving them an opportunity to win up to 7 awards and £11,000 prize money to help develop and test their business ideas and prototypes.

No previous knowledge or experience in business required – you don’t even need to have an idea when you come to the workshops!

Attend the first workshop on 21 October 2015
Topic: Developing your commercial strategy
Location: G.79, FWB, Waterloo Campus.
RSVP to the workshops: ldc2015-16.eventbrite.co.uk
For more information:  www.LionsDenChallenge.co.uk

LDC applications open: 2 December 2015
LDC applications deadline: 6pm 16 February 2015

Official hashtag: #LDC | Spread the word: @InnovateKings

Lion’s Den Challenge Start-Up Competition – Beer + Pizza Mixer

The Lion’s Den Challenge Start-Up Competition (LDC) is back with a bang. Join us at the launch event on 7 October 2015, where we will be introducing this years programme.

This informal networking evening is your opportunity to grab a beer (or wine, orange juice – your choice of beverage) and mingle with like-minded peers, King’s current students & alumni who have launched their start-ups and successful entrepreneurs.

At this stage you don’t even need an idea. Even if you’re just curious come & meet us, have a few drinks and see what we are about – no pressure.

What to expect from LDC 2015-16:

  • Five informative & exciting business workshops
  • Practice pitching opportunities
  • Up to six awards
  • Up to £10,000 in grant funding

Those who attend will receive a free copy* of ‘Start it up: Why running your own business is easier than you thinkby Luke Johnson.
* There are a limited number of copies available to collect on the night, therefore they will on a be first come first basis.

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Date: Wednesday 7th October 2015

Location: G.79 FWB, Stamford Street, Waterloo Campus, SE1 8WA

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

 

Lion’s Den Workshops 2014/15

Almost exactly one year ago, six PhD students teamed up with the common goal of creating an innovative business idea. Being all very different people, we had a lot of fun throwing our ideas together over multiple caffeinated beverages, until our idea really came together. And now, looking back, it’s great to see how what seemed like a fun side-project to our studies has become a real fledgling start-up. Our idea was a self-monitoring health app called CogniTracker, with the potential to aid in the early diagnosis of dementia in the general population. It will be able to track performance, physiology and well-being of users by measuring visual movements, speech changes, hand movements and cognition using smartphone technology.

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Winning the Lion’s Den Challenge in February was a huge turning point for us as it meant we could really start to launch our idea forward, with the support of KCL. We had loads of ideas for the project that we needed to test out and people we wanted to work with, and now as winners of the competition we had the financial backing and confidence in our idea to really get started.

In the last 6 months we have been putting a lot of the basic business skills learned from the Lion’s Den workshops into practice, along with the continued support of the Lion’s Den team. We have been learning how to set up a business, protect our IP, and carrying out market research. Winning also gave us the opportunity to do the fun part of the business; designing the games we wanted for our app! Over the summer our programmer, Richard, has been making a prototype of the app and it’s been awesome to see him turn doodles of our ideas into fun games that can be played on a smartphone. Having a mentor provided through the Lion’s Den Challenge has also been invaluable to us, with incredible insight and fine-tuning to enhance our ideas throughout this venture.

Looking back to this time last year, we really couldn’t have guessed the knowledge we would gain, the skills we would acquire and the friendships we would make through the Lion’s Den programme. It’s been a great experience for us and we would definitely recommend that you give it a try this year! Good Luck!

See the schedule of workshops between now and February here.

Written by Christos Michaelides & Christina Wayman