A team of business students by the name of Igniting Enterprise won the Plymouth University FLUX Final in February to earn the right to defend the institution’s national title later this year. Francesco D’Alessio, Usaj Basnet, Michelle Singh, Marc Rowbury, Mingaile Rutkauskaite and James Roberts secured their place in the national final to be held at Lancaster University, where they will attempt to emulate four previous Plymouth teams to have won the event in the past seven years.
The competition, which challenges students to solve a business or enterprise challenge before pitching to a panel of judges, saw 42 students from courses across business, arts, health and science go head-to-head with ideas to tackle the stigma around food banks.
Sponsor Callington Foodbank was so impressed with the quality of the ideas put forward that it has promised to implement them locally and potentially nationally as well. In addition, three students caught the eye of the business panel – Babcock, KPMG and IBM among them – and have been offered placement or graduate opportunities.
The standard of our faculty and University FLUx events just gets higher and higher, and that is a tribute to our students across the institution for the way they’ve embraced it year-on-year. And it is clear that the competition itself is generating social benefit to our sponsors, and employability opportunities for our students – it is actually putting them in the shop window.
Shirley Walker, Head of Careers and Employability