We announced the overall grand champion and category winners of our 2019 Big Idea Challenge on Thursday 2 May, at our prestigious gala awards night held in Mayfair at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

This years Big Idea Challenge Grand Champion award, and Social Impact winner award went to The Write Path, a 12-week creative writing course to help troubled teens who are facing school eviction. The winning idea comes from published writer and London Met student George Kelly.

It was an amazing and inspirational evening with guest speeches from Dragon slayer, musician, entrepreneur and chef Levi Roots, who gave an entertaining insight into his Reggae Reggae sauce journey; which included performing his infamous song from his Dragon’s Den appearance.

Lord Bilimoria was also in attendance on the night. An alumnus of the University, Lord Bilimoria has embarked on a unique journey and launched Cobra Beer when he realised he couldn’t find the taste of India in the UK.

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Big Idea Challenge awards night, entered the competition and our competition partners – NatWest, Royal Institution, Microsoft, Princes Trust, Expert Impact and Lucidica – for helping make this our biggest and best competition so far!

London Met’s Big Idea Award Winners
Grand Champion: The Write Path – George Kelly
The People’s Choice Award: Drink-U-Bator – Femi Akinrinade
Commercial Category: Mary’s Recipe’s – Mary Kardakova
Social Impact Category: The Write Path – George Kelly
Creative Category: Haus Of – Rachel Godin and Elise Harrison
Innovation Category: Smart Box – Amir Gholami-Nick
Staff Category: Soft Iron – Dr Ken White and PhD student Simina Cotosneanu
Big Idea Schools and Colleges
Grand Champion: Bracelet Alert – Newham Sixth Form College
The People’s Choice Award: Active Entery Clothing – Newham Sixth Form
Runner Up: Link Sport – New City College Redbridge
Runner Up: Enough is Enough – Christ the King St Mary’s