Big Ideas Competition Winner goes to Global Competition

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Sybil Mayard

Kent student Sybil Mayard will travel to the United States this summer to represent the United Kingdom in the Global Entrepreneur Challenge.

Sybil Mayard, who is a Masters student in the School of Computing, won this year’s University of Kent Big Ideas Competition with her business idea “Codable”, a platform for students and employers in the IT industry to share examples of code in an online portfolio.

Every year the University selects a student, or team of students, to compete in the Global Entrepreneur Challenge, which takes place at Virginia Tech University.

The University of Kent represents the UK in the competition, which sees students from 15 universities from around the world pitch their business ideas for the chance to win nearly £18,000 ($25,000) and the title of ‘Global Entrepreneurship Champion’.

In addition to her all expenses paid trip, Sybil has been awarded full access to the Kent Innovation and Enterprise (KIE) Hub’s Start Up Support Programme & Space, which is worth £2,000 through sponsorship by Santander Universities.

Any student who has an innovative business idea they would like to take forward to the team at the University’s Hub for Innovation and Enterprise can do so by contacting them on 01227 824 641 or at​