Aspiring entrepreneurs get set for European challenge

Students from colleges across Somerset will have the opportunity to head to a European “Mega Brainstorming” event if they impress a panel of experts this week.

Budding entrepreneurs from Somerset, Bridgwater and Yeovil Colleges will be taking part in a “Student Challenge” this week, tackling real business issues affecting local businesses.

The students will be presented with real issues that local businesses are trying to resolve and will brainstorm ideas for solutions. Then, in true Dragon Den style, the students will pitch their results back to a panel of experts.

The six best students from the colleges will be chosen to represent Somerset and will join other students from across Europe in a “Mega Brainstorming” event in Gent, Belgium in November.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, said: “The Student Challenge events provide students in Somerset with important skills that can be applied when they enter the world of work. The businesses taking part will also benefit from a number of potentially creative solutions to the issues they are facing from a team of bright young minds.”

The Student Challenge forms part of the EU Interreg IVB funded Open Innovation Project which includes partners from across the EU, including Edinburgh, London, Belgium, France and Germany. Locally, Somerset County Council is working in partnership with Plymouth University and Devon County Council to help local businesses look beyond their internal resources to develop new products, services, and sources of revenue.

The Students from Somerset will be joined by some students from colleges in Devon at the ‘Mega-Brainstorm’ event in Belgium.

The Student Challenge events schedule for Somerset and Devon is:-

Yeovil College – 21st October
Petroc College, Devon – 23rd October
Somerset College, Taunton – 20th October
Bridgwater College – Date to be Confirmed
Exeter College – 22nd October