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Furniture Student wins top prize in Enterprise Challenge

Furniture student, Luke McCarten, walked away with £150 in prize money recently after his winning idea was awarded first place at the college’s Enterprise Challenge event.

The competition, which was to find the best business start-up ideas, challenged students to present a plan about how they would take their idea for a product and turn it into a business they could take to market.

Luke, 26, pitched his start-up idea, ‘Wooden it be Nice’ – to build a portable dwelling from a range of natural materials – to a panel of business students and leading entrepreneurs from across the City.

The main focus of his business is to build yurts – traditional Mongolian portable homes constructed using a timber frame, canvas cover and felt and wool for insulation. Luke plans to run workshops to educate people around building using natural products for a more sustainable way of living.

Studying furniture and site joinery at the College’s Vauxhall Road centre, Luke has big plans for the future which include buying land from the sale of the Yurt in order to build a range of eco dwellings where visitors can relax and ‘get back to nature’.

Luke said: “I enjoyed taking part in the challenge and have used the winnings to buy specialist tools that are perfect for the construction process.  I plan to spend the summer in Finland working with a master carpenter who specialises in construction using natural materials.”

Eight teams took part in the business start-up challenge and came from a wide range of programmes including IT, fashion, woodwork, motor vehicle, art and design, business and event management.

More than thirty individual students entered the business idea on a postcard competition to win a £50 cash prize.  Entrants came from across the college’s provision including computing, hair & beauty, business and catering.

Runner up prizes (£100)

Second place –                   Tom Woollen, Arts student: Red Bears (marketing project idea)

Third place (joint) –       Melisa Dixon: Fashion Business CeCe Cature (established)

Martin McGowan/David Lankan: Academy Motors (start-up plan)

Business on a postcard ideas (2 x £50 cash prize)

Philip Smith –                                 Cakes of Liverpool

Ruvimbo Munodawafa –       Hair extensions for women from ethnic backgrounds


ECO point apps design team –      IT students already competing in national competition

Rob Leatherbarrow –           Yellow Spider Events project

James Elmour –         Single page eCommerce website for small businesses

Zoe Trousdale/Rebecca Caveney – Enhance – beauty tools innovative design.



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