36 individuals and teams affiliated with London Metropolitan University were selected to participate in this year’s Big Idea Bootcamp from a pool of over 200. The Bootcamp aims to polish and improve the participant’s ideas such that they can be pitched effectively. They only have 60 seconds for the pitch, so refining them can seem a demanding task.  

Understandably, London Met undergraduates, staff, and alumni, had different initial perceptions and feelings upon their arrival. As the day progressed however, they saw how the Bootcamp was influencing their ideas. 

They had this to say: 

“I’m feeling more confident about where I have to improve. I know where to focus. It [the Bootcamp] helped me rethink my idea, though the core is still there”. 

–  Simina Botosneanu 

“It [the Bootcamp] fulfils me a bit. I’m so passionate about what my idea covers. I’ve never had the opportunity to speak about something so real”. 

–  Deborah Cacciapuoti 

“I think the problem I’m trying to solve is being homed in, and I’m having a better idea knowing which solution is best.” 

–   Conor Gallagher 

“I’m feeling confident I can express my idea and I trust my intuition even with criticism. The Bootcamp has reaffirmed my idea—I just need to streamline it”. 

–   Nadia Deen 

The next step in the Big Idea Challenge is the pitch presentation on the 14th of March, where 12 finalists will be selected.

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