Law student’s plan to revolutionise the music industry wins £9,000 business leader prize

A law student from Brighton has won a £9,000 place on a business master's course with an idea that could enable unsigned artists to make money from their music. 

Matthew West, a final year student studying law with business, was voted the winner of a joint competition run by The Student Room and the University of East Anglia to discover future business leaders.

The enterprising student wins a full scholarship on the University of East Anglia’s new MSc Enterprise and Business Creation course, worth more than £9,000, starting later this year. 

Matthew's idea, which would result in the creation of a new marketplace for would-be musicians, topped a strong shortlist of business pitches voted on by The Student Room's community of 1.7m students.

Matthew will now have the chance to turn his pitch into reality with the training and support of UEA’s business department.

"I’m really surprised that I won!" said Matthew. "All the entries were amazing and any of them could have won. 

"I want to say a big thank-you to the University of East Anglia, to The Student Room for running the competition and a massive, massive thank you to everyone who voted. 

UEA logo and Start Up! competition logo

"Opportunities like this don’t come around very often so I’m very grateful to be given this chance. Hopefully my business idea will take off in the future!"

The Start Up! competition asked current university students to submit their business ideas as a one-page pitch. Industry experts then whittled those entries down to a shortlist that was opened up to public vote.

“An immensely impressive list of business ideas - with a diversity of great ideas - made constructing the shortlist an enjoyable yet challenging task," said Dr Kevan Williams, associate dean of admissions at UEA's Social Sciences Faculty. 

"There is a clarity of purpose and communication about Matthew’s idea and we are grateful for the support of The Student Room community in selecting his idea and for Matthew to win the scholarship.

"The MSc Enterprise and Business Creation is a course for students really wanting to create their own business and Matthew is someone who will thrive on the course.”

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