Congrats all MACE15 teams! Go go go team Emperatigo!

Congratulations to all of you on your success in the Dragons’ Den last Friday!

The feedback from judges is fantastic and full of praise, and we are proud of all of you for stepping up to the challenge!

I hope you will join me in congratulating our team Emperatigo who – as a special treat for winning the Dragons’ Den final pitching round – get to do more hard work to represent the Business School and MACE at the Young Enterprise National Start-up Final at the end of May. ūüėČ

They truly have a lot of work to do to prepare for the competition and they will need all of our support as they rewrite their business report for investor audience, prepare a new presentation (and practice it until they can recite it in their sleep, backwards), and build a new trade stand.

We are usually able to get the whole MACE on the guest list so that the whole group can go to the event on the day – cheerleaders sign up list coming soon ūüėČ

Below are a few photos from the Dragons’ Den on Friday, taken by¬†@Lauraa_Born¬†and published by the Business School – thank you! If you have any photos from Friday, please Dropbox them and send them my way.

And now, before our world gets all hectic again, we are going to take a little break and recharge Рwe need it all! Enjoy your Easter holidays, MACErs, no matter where you are!



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Final Dragons’ Den this Friday – please read carefully

FRIDAY, 18 March 2016, Kingston Business School 



Your job this week is to use all the feedback you received last week in your Mock Dragons’ Den to improve your presentations – just like you’ve been improving your products the whole year.

The most important feedback from judges last week was – IMPROVE YOUR STORY and CONSIDER THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

Please spend some time thinking how to tell the story of your startup in an engaging way, and so that all your major points get heard.¬†All the challenges you encountered along the way are what makes your story unique and worth hearing.¬†If you changed your product because you spent time in product development and learnt it could not be done on the budget you had – say it!¬†If you didn’t get to the market in time because you had to change your manufacturer 10 times – say it!¬†Startups are interesting and unique because they all experience unique learning curves.

The questions on the brief and judges’ marking sheet are there to guide you, but your job is to find an interesting and¬†emphatic way of explaining it all.¬†Remember – good storytelling can make the difference between acceptance or rejection of your presentation (idea, business…).¬†Your report is the written record of your startup, and your presentation is the more interesting and engaging version of your report. It may look good on paper, but it won’t sound good if you just recite it to the judges – no one talks like that… How would you tell the story of your startup to someone in a bar? You’d try to make it interesting, and you’d be so eager to tell them about the hurdles.¬†

Don’t forget to talk about the future of your business… when it comes to selecting a team for the National Start-up Final, the judges will be looking for a forward-looking team with¬†skills, capacity, polish¬†and will needed¬†to represent Kingston University at the National level of competition – a believable plan for the future is part of the package they will be looking for.



Your team will have 6 minutes for your presentation + 10 minutes to answer questions from judges.

If you are selected for the Pitching Competition, you will need to be prepared to deliver your 2 min MAX elevator pitch.


 ALL presentation will be accessed from USB sticks I prepare and hand in to judges. This is to keep us on schedule, and to avoid logging in/out and any tech problems. 

ALL teams must send me a Dropbox link to their presentation BY 12:00 (noon) on THURSDAY 17 March. This will be your final version, and no changes can be made on Friday. This is to make sure you get your beauty sleep that night. 

Nevertheless, please bring a backup copy on a stick with you. You will only be able to use it if something goes wrong with the copy given to judges.


1) BY 9AM on THURSDAY 17 March = 1 digital copy  ONLINE via TurnitIn/StudySpace 

2)¬†¬†IN Dragons’ Den on FRIDAY 18 March =¬†1¬†hard copy (colour, bound) HAND IN TO JUDGES before presentation¬†


ALL teams have TWO time slots they must attend on Friday (schedule below).

The second time slot for ALL teams is 18:00 in Room 0026 (Lecture theatre, ground floor). This second session is for the Young Enterprise competition, where judges will nominate teams to go into the final pitching round. You will find out who is selected at 18:00 in Room 0026 Рif you are not there, you miss your opportunity. If selected for the Pitching Competition, your team will need to deliver your 2 minute elevator pitch in front of all the judges and answer 2 questions from judges. By 19:00, the judges will choose 1 team to represent Kingston University at the Young Enterprise National Start-up Final.



6 min presentation + 10 min Q&A



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15:30 Easy Life Co. Clashless Vikings


C8 Simplex

(The Ice Cap)

15:50 Compact Solutions

(The Bag-Bag)

DynamicQ4U Company 12




16:10 Cosmetic Organza Reve Sam Nozdrachov


Ilramik SyncVI



Infused Useful Product Development








16:50 MSAJ




Lucky5 Parachutes Emperatigo
17:10 Staunch KUIS


2 min elevator pitch + 2 questions 1 min each



I’d say good luck, but luck has nothing to do with it… ¬†Practice and prepare! ūüėČ
…and please make sure you are in the right room at the right time!

And the award goes to … MACE!!

Troops, what a great trade fair day and Celebrate Enterprise ceremony yesterday!


Great big congratulations to all of you on your fantastic achievements:

  • Congrats to Parachutes for the Best Trade Stand 2016 award!
  • Congrats to Emperatigo for the Best Sales Team 2016 award!
  • Congrats to Lucky 5 for the Best Product 2016 award!
  • Congrats to Luke Ducker¬†for the Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 nomination!
  • Congrats to Riccardo Pezzuolo (MACE14) for the Graduate Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 award!

We are all proud of you all Р26 startup teams is a tough competition! Remember that when even one of you wins, it is a win for you all Рabove all, MACE is one big team!

The excitement continues today – I’ll see you for our Mock Dragons’ Den a little later!

Thank you for the photos, Megan. I’ll post the official photos as soon as they are released by the University.

Mock Dragons’ Den is this Friday

Your Mock Dragons’ Den is this Friday. Not quite the D-Day, but a Mock D-Day!

The purpose of the Mock Dragons’ Den session this Friday is to give you feedback on your reports and presentations in preparation for the Final Dragons’ Den next week. We will use real¬†Dragons Den Marking Sheets¬†and the feedback you get from judges will be real so that you can take that feedback and polish your presentations for next week.

Please note: this session is compulsory for all.

Here is how things are going to work on the day:

–> Each team will have 6 minutes for their presentation + 10 minutes for questions and feedback from our judges.

–> For Mock Dragons’ Den¬†only: I assume you will be working on your presentations on Friday so to allow you some extra time,¬†bring your presentation on USB (and don’t forget to upload to Dropbox as a backup copy)¬†

–> For Final Dragons’ Den:¬†ALL teams must send me a Dropbox link to their presentation BY¬†12:00 (noon) on THURSDAY 17 March. This will be your final version, and no changes can be made on Friday.¬†ALL presentation will be accessed from USB sticks I prepare for¬†the day to keep us on schedule, and to avoid logging in/out and any tech problems.¬†

–>¬†Be enthusiastic, show images, dress the part, bring your product¬†(bring whatever you want to – if it makes sense for your company!) and get to the point. Be interesting and engaging – be the best you can be!

–>¬†Please take note of the schedule below. You only need to attend your presentation slot.¬†If you miss your slot, you miss your opportunity to present and to get feedback.


Schedule of team presentations

11 March 2016



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15:30 Coordi Infused Useful Product Development C8 Parachutes
15:50 Compact solutions DynamicQ4U Company 12 Grocemania MSAJ
16:10 Cosmetic Organza Reve Infused Ilramik Emperatigo
16:30 Vikings Clashless KUIS Petmitra Lucky5
16:50 Simplex Personimy Easy life co. Remarkables Punk
17:10 Staunch Sam Nozdrachov
Judges: John Gower

Gerry Keegal

Waqar Hassan

Martha Mador

Riccardo Pezzuolo

Katerina Damcova

Josue Vivas

Fazl Hasnain

Clive Suckling


Marvyn Boatswain

Yashar Sadeghi

Paul Hickson

Richard Anson

Yannis pierrakis

Irene Canuti

A word of advice:¬†Our judges will be listening to 27 presentations, so let’s make them remember MACE with a smile. They’ll be talking about how they spent their Friday afternoon to people they see after you that evening/weekend/next week! You only get one chance to impress!

Trade Fair + Celebrate Enterprise this Thursday

Thank you, all, for a fantastic day on Saturday. We are all very proud of what you have managed to achieve on the day, and I am extremely proud of the level of responsibility, dedication and overall maturity displayed on the day.

Our final trade fair is taking place this Thursday 10 March, 12:00 Р16:00, INDOORS at the Student Union social space at the Penrhyn Road Campus. You will be exhibiting using your box structures. We have ordered some longer bolts and I will bring some screwdrivers Рplease let me know in advance if you need anything else.

We will finish trading in the Student Union space at 4PM and move to Penrhyn Road JG2002 for the Celebrate Enterprise event starting 16:30 where you will continue trading.

Winning teams from the Saturday trade fair will be announced during the Celebrate Enterprise event – the event is compulsory for all 26 teams.

It is going to be another long day¬†so to make sure you have time to rest and prepare for the Mock Dragons’ Den on Friday, there will be no morning class for MACE on Friday.

Please let me know if you need anything else for us to provide for Thursday.

We’re almost there, troops!