Date of release: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Business Plan competitionAn innovative system which helps people with mobility problems to open and close curtains automatically has won a University of Greenwich student a business competition.

Musa Kabiri, 22, a final-year Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation student from east London, is planning to launch his business, Glidetronic Technologies, by spring 2014. His prize was a laptop worth £1,000.

After being named as winner of the second annual Netforce II Inter-reg/University of Greenwich Business Plan Competition, Musa said: “The product is designed to fit on to any curtain pole and allows the curtains to move electronically. I was inspired by my grandmother who has mobility issues. In the future, people will be able to control the device wirelessly with smart phones and tablets. It still hasn’t sunk in that I won. This has been a great experience and now I can focus on starting the business.”

The finalists had to submit a full business plan before pitching to a panel of judges. Eleanor Kehoe, Head of Guidance and Employability at the university, says: “The entries this year were the best we have ever had. The students were very focused and have the potential to go further. I am excited to see what the future holds for them and their ideas.”

Runners up Maria Stanisor, 23, from Romania and Giordano Riccardi, 30, from Italy are both second-year BA Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation students. They won an iPad 64gb 4th generation for their International Snail Farm. This is a free range snail farm that is 100% organic. It is based in Romania and will trade snails in Italy to wholesalers and food festivals, including snail caviar. They also won Amazon vouchers and a Kindle for  Strongest International Focus.

Third placed Bogomil Asenov, 20, from Bulgaria, won a £250 Amazon voucher for creating Jed Urban, a company making non-crease t-shirts with invisible seams. The shirts will feature up-and-coming artists’ designs.

The event was sponsored by NetForce II Inter-reg, an EU regional fund project supporting cross-channel enterprise and employment activities in Kent and Normandy.

To find out about studying business at the University of Greenwich, please visit www.gre.ac.uk/schools/business 

Alternatively, please e-mail courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or call 020 8331 9000.

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