King’s Entrepreneurship Institute exists to support entrepreneurial thinking, skills and experiences amongst King’s students, staff and alumni. The team behind the Institute support people to have careers as entrepreneurs and start up innovative new businesses and social enterprises, but also to be innovative in their chosen career, creating agile corporate employees, entrepreneurial public sector staff and innovative medics.
Entrepreneurship is vital in order to positively contribute to global challenges and create a better society. The vision is that by 2029 everyone at King’s will have had the opportunity to make entrepreneurship part of their DNA.
As we reach the end of an exciting year for King’s, several startups and organizations emerging from the Institute are already making their mark on London:
German Kraft in on a mission to serve freshly-brewed, quality beer to beer lovers. Founded by Michele Tieghi (BSc Business Management, 2014) along with co-founders Felix Bollen, Anton Borkmann and Florian Bollen, the company have successfully raised £100k investment ahead of launch in late 2017, and have already secured two major food and beverage retailers as clients.
Through working with a brewery based in Erlangen, Steinbach Brau, the team are accomplishing their goal of bringing high quality, fresh tasting authentic German beer to London’s population.
King’s alumna and former King’s Women’s Football Club captain Romina Calatayud started the non-profit organisation Girls United FA earlier this year. She has been travelling Mexico over the last month speaking to young girls about equal opportunity and empowerment through sport.
Girls United FA is an organization aiming to establish football academies in low-income areas and provide the local community with the support and structure to adopt the academies. The non-profit seeks to promote gender equality, improve physical health and encourage sustainable economic changes through football coaching that focuses on the development of well-rounded individuals.
By using opportunities and experience from living and studying in London, Romina has created an international impact through her work that is improving the lives of others around the world.
An inevitable fact about living in London is that it’s going to rain – often in high summer, when the rest of the continent is basking in glorious sunshine. Antoine Gros (Mathematics, 2013) and Aurélien Rinaldi (Mathematics with Management and Finance, 2013) saw this as an opportunity to start their own business, and became founders of innovative accessories brand Beau Nuage.
Speaking to the university’s Alumni Office, Aurélien outlines their business concept, stating: ‘There’s so much focus on digital innovation these days, but we want to improve people’s lives with simple, practical inventions. The umbrella is just the start!’
In September 2016, after two years of intensive work, late nights analyzing materials and dozens of prototypes the first Beau Nuage umbrella and its drying cover were born.
Recently, the two entrepreneurs decided to expand their product range with the launch of a new accessory: a well constructed and waterproof backpack with a hidden opening at the back which allows safe access at any time. Today, Beau Nuage is sold in over 100 retail sites in Europe.
It’s not just students and alumni who are developing their entrepreneurial talents. King’s staff member Josh Blackburn was also supported by the King’s Entrepreneurship Institute in launching the grooming company Regal Gentleman.
Aiming to change the lack in natural, organic products targeted at a male audience and the comparative lack of information & education about male grooming, Regal Gentleman provides a hair styling range that uses organic extracts and no parabens or artificial colouring. Their products and ethos have been met with praise by industry leaders, and the company proudly boasts over 1500 customers so far. Not only that, but stalwarts of the male aesthetic landscape such as GQ magazine, Men’s Health & Esquire have picked up on the brand’s success.
With men’s grooming an industry that is estimated to reach $60 billion by 2020, Regal Gentleman are part of the changing face of the aesthetic wellness sector.
Another company benefiting from a target audience is Attollo Lingerie, established by Alice Holden (Geography, 2014) and Fleurette Mulcahy (Geography, 2014) while they were still studying at King’s.
From a shared frustration about the lack of lingerie for women with D+ cup sizes. The two have cited the support they received from King’s as instrumental in their development, both from the Entrepreneur Institute and their own department, and have been highlighted by Vogue and Tatler as they develop their brand.
Through careful planning and development, Fleurette and Alice have gone from an idea discussed between two first year students to a brand, blog and company that doesn’t just sell well-crafted and stylish lingerie, but gives back through supporting charities such as Coppafeel! and Against Breast Cancer.