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Welcome to our blog. Here, you can find all of our latest articles on the work we and others are doing to help young Londoners lead happy and fulfilling lives.

Sojo 2020 finalist and COVID grant winner

Sojo also creates space for discussion around sustainable fashion “What I needed was a really easy and hassle-free way for me to get my clothes altered and repaired – that’s when Sojo was born.” Sojo’s mission is to give clothes a second chance to keep them out of landfill for longer. Sojo made the 2020

Cosi Care eczema relief – 2019 Creative Industries winner

Lauren Bell, 2019 Creative Industries Award winner, Cosi Care “When I entered the competition, I was a designer. Now I am an entrepreneur.” Lauren Bell, used her experiences with chronic eczema to create Cosi Care – a line of products to relieve the symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions. Designed with children in mind,

Fighting electronic waste – 2018 Tech finalist

Re-inventing the circuit board for the circular economy Tech Finalist at the 2018 awards, Jiva made it through to the finals with their key product Soluboard. Soluboard is designed to be a replacement for the plastic base of circuit boards used in all our electronics. The boards are made with natural fibres and a number

Aeropowder – from idea to market

Could feathers be the future of sustainable product design? Innovation design engineer Elena Dieckmann and biological scientist Ryan Robinson believe so – and set up Battersea based company AEROPOWDER to prove it. Today they employ seven staff and are exploring different global markets. But when they entered the 2016 Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition they just had

Fighting food waste – 2015 winner Mimica

How we helped student entrepreneur Solveiga Pakštaite transform a smart idea into a £3.85 million business Every year each UK household tosses away up to £400 worth of food. It’s a massive waste of money and resources that inspired student entrepreneur Solveiga to enter our competition in 2015 with a truly innovative solution. “At Mimica,

Meet ManholeMetrics, 2021 Mayor’s Tech Entrepreneur

At its heart, ManholeMetrics is about preventing wastewater flooding and its impact via low-cost, easy-to-install technology and analytics, putting the power of data into the hands of wastewater utilities. Conceptualised just two days before the application deadline, ManholeMetrics went on to win the Tech Award at the 2021 Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition! Our interns caught up

Twipes – 5 Years On: 2017 Mayor’s Entrepreneur

Single-use products can have a notoriously harsh impact on the environment, but does it really need to be this way? Elle and Alborz from City, University of London certainly believe a better way is possible. They won the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition in 2017 with their idea, Twipes, and have since leveraged the support and mentorship

Creativity Works: Three years on

In this blog, Creativity Works graduate Rachael Simões tells us how the programme has advanced her career and what she’s up to now. Name: Rachael Simões Age: 21 Occupation: Junior Creative at Grey London “I applied for the Creativity Works programme the summer after finishing my A-Levels. After deciding that university wasn’t right for me,

Top tips for success with Access Aspiration

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. Here, Student Ambassador Basma talks about how to make the most of the programme as a student.  “The Access

Finding opportunity with Access Aspiration

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Nawal shares their advice for students signing up to the programme. As the end of Year

Coping with Covid: London’s artistic future

As part of our commitment to shining a light on the issues that matter most to young people, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to talk about their thoughts, feelings and concerns for the future. In this blog, Malaikah shares her thoughts on the experience of young creatives in lockdown and what this means

Meet the 2017 Mayor’s Entrepreneur – Twipes

Twipes trumps Mayor’s Entrepreneur 2017 Alborz and Ellenor from City University of London recently won the Mayor’s Entrepreneur competition. They also bagged £20k from Citi Foundation to develop their idea.  We spoke to the pair to hear more… How did you come up with the idea for Twipes? Ellenor: We were talking to a good friend

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