Vote for your favourite business idea

Who will win a brand-new MacBook Pro? You decide...


Over the past two months, we've been asking you to share your brilliant business ideas.

The prize? A brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro.

We had bundles of entries, all of which were judged by a panel of experts from The University of Law Business School against the following criteria:

  • Originality. Did the business idea stand out and was it unique?
  • Quality. Was the pitch well-written/presented?
  • Market awareness. Was there a clearly identified market?
  • Market viability. Does the idea have potential to succeed with the identified target market?

    Our judges were blown away by the range of ideas, which addressed a wide selection of business challenges, but they've managed to whittle them down to just five shortlisted entries.

    Now they've had their say, the final decision on who wins is down to you. Read through the shortlist below, then vote for your favourite. Voting runs until 24 September and the winner will be announced in early October.

     

    Shortlisted entry #1: GreenSport

    Summary of entrant's submission

    • Toxins released from plastics are entering the food chain. In the most polluted areas [of the sea], there is six times more plastic than plankton
    • We offer a variety of sports equipment made strictly from recycled materials
    • We offer you the option to have your broken or old equipment cheaply replaced; once you purchase something from us, you will never need to throw it away
    • The sports market is huge and full of eco-friendly people who will support our desire to save the environment

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    "It took us only a few decades to dump tons of devastating plastic garbage that takes 500-1000 years to degrade. As a result, fish and wildlife are becoming intoxicated. Consequently the toxins released from the plastics are entering the food chain, thus threatening human health. In the most polluted areas, there is six times more plastic than plankton and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is an island formed out of plastic, is clear evidence of that. Yet we recover only 5% of plastic we produce. 

    "That is where GreenSport comes with a desire to rescue the human race. We offer a variety of sports equipment made strictly from recycled materials, mainly from plastics. This equipment is mostly useful in team-sports to organise effective training sessions as we offer plastic cones, ladders, hurdles etc. We also offer accessories from recycled plastic to single users practicing individual sports. What's more, we offer you the option to have your broken or old equipment cheapily replaced. 

    "Once you purchase something from us, you will never need to throw it away. Instead we will recycle it back to your desired product for a very low price compared to new products. With GreenSport you can prevent health issues resulting from plastic pollution which could cause a stop to your beloved sport if not worse.

    "The sport market is huge in today's world. There are millions of sport teams participating in competitions and taking it very seriously. To achieve great results they need the right equipment which they can get from GreenSport. In the long term they will save money by purchasing from GreenSport compared to ordinary sport shops. What's more they will preserve their environment and protect health of their members.

    "There are also millions of hobbyists practising their favourite sport like running, swimming or cycling. These are usually people supportive of saving the nature around them therefore they will be open to buying accessories which are respectful towards the environment.

    "Simply, the sports market is huge and full of eco-friendly people who will support our desire to save the environment. In addition, plastic waste is everywhere around us and is easily acquired for free meaning our production prices will be only those of powering the machines to recycle plastic.

    "This business has also the potential to expand to other markets where products made of plastic can be used."

     


    Shortlisted entry #2: Scran

    Summary of entrant's submission

    • Scran [is like] Tinder, but a Come Dine With Me version
    • Local 'hosts' invite guests to their home. Guests choose via the menu that is uploaded on the app
    • Research suggest that tourists spend about 25% to 35% of their travel budget on food
    • With this app, tourists can enjoy a unique experience at a cheaper price and locals can earn money

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    "What to eat and where to eat can be a huge problem for travellers abroad. Wanting to try local cuisines, problems such as the language barrier and 'tourist-priced food can make it quite unaccessible. And often these foods are not the most authentic or the best local food. For example, beef rendang is a popular Malaysian dish that most people know about, but what about Char Kuey Teow or Ikan Bakar?

    "The solution is Scran. Tinder but a Come Dine With Me version. An easy way for people to connect with others locally, through food. Scran guarantees the full travelling experience.

    "The concept is simple, local 'hosts' invite guests to their home. Guests choose via the menu that is uploaded on the app, with pictures, a short description and the price. This guarantees a unique and memorable experience for both parties.

    "Research suggests that tourists spend about 25% to 35% of their travel budget on food, depending on the destination. According to a report by World Travel & Tourism Council, tourism generated $7.6 trillion in 2016. UK alone had roughly 38 million visitors, Thailand had an estimated 33 million and Malaysia recorded 26 million tourist arrivals.

    "With the increase of budget airlines, travelling has never been easier. Food tourism is an important part of the travelling experience and with this app, tourists can enjoy a unique experience at a cheaper price and locals can earn money."

     


    Shortlisted entry #3: CropSafe

    Summary of entrant's submission

    • Every year, agricultural contaminations and disease result in over £5 billion globally in lost revenue
    • By using satellite imagery combined with machine learning techniques, CropSafe provides customers with instant reports
    • With image recognition techniques, CropSafe can quickly recognise early onsets of disease in seconds
    • Currently, there are approximately 570 million farms in the world. We intend to target smaller landowners (91%), that depend on high yields from production

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    "Every year, agricultural contaminations and disease result in over £5 billion globally in lost revenue, with on average 15% production losses from the spread of disease. Introducing CropSafe.

    "The simple solution to allow any farmer or cultivator to survey their land with the simple touch of a button. CropSafe is an online application in which agricultural landowners can register their land and, with a tap of the button, request for their land to be surveyed by passing satellites and processed through our machine learning software to report back any possible growth of disease or infection within the crop.

    "By using satellite imagery combined with machine learning techniques, CropSafe provides customers with instant reports that could not be gathered through traditional survey aircraft or drones without days of planning and waiting for all variables to line up perfectly.

    "With image recognition techniques, CropSafe can quickly recognize early onsets of disease in seconds - compared to hours landowners may spend surveying their land manually.

    "Providing our customers with valuable data, such as the growth of crops on a micro scale, they will be able to take action on any unwanted growths or diseases immediately. CropSafe. Redefining the future of agriculture, today.

    "Every year, agricultural contaminations and disease result in over £5 billion globally in lost revenue, with on average 15% production losses from the spread of disease.

    "Currently, there are approximately 570 million farms in the world. We intend to target smaller landowners (91%), that depend on high yields from production.

    "Carrying out research, we have gathered that farmers pay up to £30 per acre, to be surveyed manually for diseases and contamination. Using satellite technology, we intend to cut this cost to a fraction of the price, saving costs for small and large landowners who depend on high yields for their family income."

     

     

    Shortlisted entry #4: Drive on Demand

    Summary of entrant's submission

    • Drive on Demand would be the Uber of learning to drive
    • Book a slot from your phone with a qualified driving instructor to learn whatever you need to
    • The app would also have a star-rating system to rate the instructor and the student to aid matchmaking
    • There is a huge demand for accessible and qualified driving instructors but most people just find instructors through word of mouth.

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    "Drive on Demand would be the Uber of learning to drive: you can book a slot from your phone with a qualified driving instructor to learn whatever you need to - be it starting from scratch or just requesting to have a mock test before your practical exam.

    "You would have a profile to check off what you know and what you still need to learn before the test that instructors can see and verify. You could also book recurring lessons with the same instructor if you prefer a more consistent lesson plan or just do one-off lessons when you can.

    "This would also make driving instructors’ lives easier as they could deal with cancellations and scheduling more efficiently. The app would also have a star-rating system to rate the instructor and the student to aid matchmaking. There is a huge demand for accessible and qualified driving instructors but most people just find instructors through word of mouth.

    "But this app wouldn’t just target people learning to drive, it would also target driving instructors - it would be an exceedingly simple way to get discovered by new students without having to beg your friends to advertise you.

    "In this day and age, people crave instant gratification and the advent of services like Amazon Prime with its 1 day delivery and Uber with taxis in less than 5 minutes - so why not innovate in the driving instruction sector?"

     


    Shortlisted entry #5: SeniorSkills

    Summary of entrant's submission

    • SeniorSkills is a gig-economy-based platform providing retirees with the flexibility to work in small, one-off or part-time jobs
    • The platform allows skills to be shared between younger and older generations, through the completion of paid 'gig' tasks
    • [It] also allows retirees to re-join the working economy on a one-off, or part-time basis with unlimited flexibility
    • Large companies can benefit from experienced retirees working for them on a one-off or part time basis

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    SeniorSkills

    “SeniorSkills is a gig-economy-based platform providing retirees with the flexibility to work in small, one-off or part-time jobs such as gardening and cooking, and sharing skills not harnessed by younger generations.

    "The solution also allows those from professional backgrounds such as finance, consulting or legal to provide one-off expertise through a 'gig'.

    "The platform not only allows skills to be shared between younger and older generations, through the completion of paid 'gig' tasks, but also allows retirees to re-join the working economy on a one-off or part-time basis with unlimited flexibility.

    "As a result, I hope that the platform will help to reduce loneliness and potential boredom that may be associated with retirement. The platform will also allow retirees to earn extra cash to fund their retirement.

    "Large firms or young individuals will equally benefit from this innovative platform. Large companies can benefit from experienced retirees working for them on a one-off or part time basis.

    "Other (possibly younger) individuals who request 'gigs'/tasks will also benefit from experience that the older population tend to exhibit. For example jobs such as sewing repairs, gardening or cooking can be completed, whilst also allowing exchange of skills between the older and younger population."

     

    Thanks to everyone who voted. This poll has now closed and the winner will be announced on 8 October.

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