Enterprising Kent students head to top US college to develop business ideas

Two University students are heading to America to develop their business ideas after being shortlisted in an international entrepreneurship competition.

Postgraduates Stephanie Leon and Anna Magarotto will stay at the top ranked Babson college in Massachusetts in September.

The pair, both Masters students, were shortlisted after a world-wide appeal for business ideas through Startup Jumpstart.

The five-day programme is for start-up ventures, innovations and new ventures within existing businesses.

Participants will be taken through the process of determining the feasibility of the business concept, including developing the value proposition and financial modelling.

Anna and Stephanie were offered the opportunity thanks to Kent Business School’s ASPIRE  (Accelerator Space for Innovation and Responsible Enterprise) scheme.

ASPIRE  is working with both students to develop their business ideas, supported by funding from Santander Universities, which sponsors the Startup Jumpstart.

Anna, studying for an MSc in Digital Marketing and Analytics, will be working on an idea to tackle the climate crisis using augmented reality technology.

Stephanie, studying for an MSc in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, will be working on her business proposition – an innovation in biomedical equipment aimed at the education sector.