On Wednesday 15 March Ravensbourne Students’ Union (SU) in partnership with Incubation held the first ever Market Place, where over 30 creative ideas were showcased to the business community.
The event was supported by Canary Wharf Group who were very impressed with the work and ideas on show. The exhibitors included a good mix of students from all courses and Incubation companies.
The idea of showcasing students’ work has long been a passion that Richard Meretighan, SU, Vice President of Architecture and Design & Officer for Education wanted to bring to fruition and it was through his discussion with Ha Smith, Head of Enterprise & Innovation that the idea of Market Place was born. Along with the support of Sunita Bhuwanee, Business Support Manager the partnership between SU and the Incubation was launched with great success and will now feature as an annual joint initiative by Incubation and SU.
In order to best prepare the students to showcase their ideas and interact with the experts in digital media, a training session on "Exhibition - 7 Hacks to stand out of the crowd” was organised by Incubation on Tuesday 7 March. B Consultancy lead by Janice Beckles, a Business Consultant experienced in supporting young talents delivered the training.
A great turnout from local organisations and industry professionals visited the event to meet with the exhibitors, understand their bespoke creative processes, and also explored opportunities for collaboration with students and Incubation companies on projects about architecture, film, fashion, design, production, 3D rendering and much more.
Most of the visitors were senior managers, technology experts, local entrepreneurs and also the Ravensbourne community. It was an opportunity for new start-ups, entrepreneurs and emerging digital designers to engage with large organisations and business professionals to explore partnerships requiring a mix of talents and digital skills.
It was an impressive showcase of ideas utilising digital media as a tool to promote ethical, environmental and social values.
Our sponsor, Canary Wharf Group, were so impressed with the exhibition and recommended that three students, Alex Tannatt Cook, year 2 BA (Hons) Architecture, Harry Difolco & Balazs Kovacs, year 3 BA (Hons) Product Design, Daniel Longe and Malachi Duncan, year 3 BA (Hons) Animation, have been shortlisted to pitch for the Incubation Lite Award for a chance to win one year Incubation space, business support and a cash prize of £1000.
Similarly, to encourage three other students who have showcased ideas with good commercial prospect, cash prizes will be awarded to Jelina Frances Dimaguilla, MA Environment Design, Chibuiken Akata, BA (Hons) Post Production and Adebayo Omotola, Diploma in Design.
The event was a boost for students and a way for them to start their entrepreneurial path, gain knowledge, experience and also learn how to present their ideas and projects to the business community. Incubation companies also gained more visibility and were able to interact with Ravensbourne students looking for opportunities in projects requiring their skills and talents.
Overall a huge success, the Market Place brought together different technologies and opportunities to innovate and support economic growth and jobs in the digital and creative industry.
Stefan Ferrol, RSU President said: “Market Place was a great event and something I’ll look to continue and grow. The work Richie put in and the passion he had for the project was inspiring and the help we received from Ha and Sunita was invaluable. Market Place will be back bigger and better next year and hopefully it will be widely supported by the college itself”.
Richard Meretighan, Vice President of Architecture and Design & Officer for Education said: “Market Place – The Place To find Talent” is the first initiative and collaboration of SU and Incubation, it has been a huge success on all fronts. The enterprising students received business support tips and guidance on how to best showcase their ideas and interact with the business community.
"This event attracted a lot of visitors and has helped students to network, learn and understand the knowledge and resources required for starting their own business”.
Ha Smith, Head of Enterprise and Innovation said: “It has been great to work with SU on the Market Place initiative, the SU members were fully engaged to make the event a success. The students were well organised and impressed the industry professionals.
"This collaborative effort will continue and Incubation will always endeavour to support Ravensbourne entrepreneurial students to achieve success in their chosen field”.
Melanie Goldstein, Community Affairs Officer, Canary Wharf Group said: “I would like to thank Incubation at Ravensbourne for giving CWG the opportunity to partner with you on this; it was a great event and really showcased the wealth of talent and possible future leaders in innovation and the creative fields we have here locally; Ravensbourne should be very proud of the calibre of students and incubations companies based there!”.