Wowser – two Goldsmiths’ projects voted best “profit with purpose”

Two projects from Goldsmiths were yesterday voted the best “profit with purpose” initiatives at the Semi-Finals of the 2018 Santander Entrepreneurship Awards. In ICCE we are very proud that one of those was from Jack O’Donoghue on the MA Social Entrepreneurship (above, third from right).

Santander Bank Universities division have been running their annual Entrepreneurship Awards since 2011, showcasing and rewarding the best new ideas from university students, graduates and staff. The Southern Region Semi-Final was held yesterday in London at the rather sumptuous University of Liverpool’s London campus near Moorgate. Richard Hull went along to lend support to Jack, from the MA Social Entrepreneurship, and also to Rehana Al-Soltane @rehana_makes from Brunel University (above, fourth from right), who was present on behalf of Goldsmiths’ Hadeel Ayoub @HadeelAyoub studying for a PhD in Arts and Computational Technology with @goldcomputing .

Jack @jackod100 was presenting his project ‘Of The Ilk’, which is making and selling an organic cotton-based re-usable food wrapping as an alternative to cling-film. Hadeel and Rehana have developed a ‘smart-glove’, BrightSignGlove which interprets British Sign Language movements and converts them to text.

The Awards were this year grouped into two categories – ‘Tech’ and ‘Non-Tech’ – and 10 projects from each category were selected from approximately 600 entries to compete in the Semi-Finals. Two projects in each category were then yesterday selected by the judges to go forward to the Final in November where they will compete with another eight projects for over £80,000 worth of equity-free seed-funding, mentoring, a week-long accelerator, and a fully-funded intern. But this year, for the first time, there was a special additional award from each category, voted on by attendees, for the best “profit with purpose” project demonstrating social, community or environmental impact, with a potential prize of £7,500 equity-free seed-funding, the accelerator week, and a fully-funded intern.

This year was the first time any projects from Goldsmiths have been submitted, and both of our two entries have succeeded in going forward to the Finals in the “profit with purpose” category. Huge congratulations to them, and we all wish them the very best of luck.

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Interview with Daisy – MA Social Entrepreneurship 2014

298001_1919875009780_1224136764_nWhere are you from and what did you do before coming to Goldsmiths?

I’m Irish, but I grew up in the US. I studied Development at the University of East Anglia. After graduating I worked for a social Enterprise in Swaziland called Tintsaba Craft. We worked with rural weavers and exported their products overseas to Fairtrade buyers. I was in charge of business development as well as the management of literacy and education projects, which I started.

Why did you chose social entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths?

After studying development and working in Swaziland I felt the old models of aid weren’t working and that social entrepreneurship is a more sustainable model for addressing social failures, especially in the developing world. In Swaziland there aren’t many alternative views on how to develop poverty reduction strategies, so I wanted to equip myself with the knowledge and ability to bring new thinking to Swaziland. I also wanted to return to London to build my networks in Social Entrepreneurship in the UK and be part of a dynamic environment. Goldsmiths social entrepreneurship is at the centre of the UK scene so it seemed like a natural choice.

Why Goldsmiths?

I really liked the fact that Goldsmiths is well known for its creativity and felt that being part of that environment would be an added value while studying social enterprise. Especially because I’m interested in artisan based enterprise the last organisation I worked with was very creative in nature.

What have you enjoyed about the course?

Firstly, I love being part of a diverse learning environment with so many different views and life experiences. So many of my classmates have real social enterprise experience and bring that wealth of knowledge to the program. Secondly, I’ve really enjoyed the entrepreneurial modelling class because it’s given me some hard skills in business planning that I can use in future roles. And thirdly we’ve had the space to develop our theoretical and conceptual understanding of social enterprise and social innovation.