Manchester students pitch business ideas at the Barclays Eagle lab

Manchester students pitch business ideas at the Barclays Eagle lab

A group of Manchester students have pitched their business ideas to a panel of experts as part of the Barclays Local Genius Competition.

The competition encourages budding entrepreneurs to design tech ideas that could make a difference to the local community.

Seventy students initially entered the competition and their ideas went to a public vote where the entries were reduced down to five finalists.

The finalists then pitched their business idea to a panel consisting of Barclays managers, local businesses and entrepreneurs at the Barclays Eagle Lab in Salford, Media City.

To qualify for the competition, the entries needed to be original, have a grounding in technology, contribute to the wellbeing of the local community, be realistic and achievable with readily available tech.

The competition took place in Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridge, Bournemouth and Brighton, with the winning entry in each area going forward to a national final at the Barclays headquarters in London.

The national winner will receive mentoring from subject matter experts from across Barclays to help them get their idea off the ground.

SecurUs, the brainchild of Kiran Arokiasamy and Eugine Lim from Manchester University, was Manchester’s winner. SecurUs is a platform which empowers parents to better protect their children online, bringing content from various sources into a simple-to-understand interface, explaining the dangers and potential methods to restore online security.

Kiran Arokiasamy said: “We feel so proud to represent Manchester in this competition; hopefully our idea has a strong enough business model to win the competition.”

Darren O’Brien, manager of the Salford Eagle Lab and one of the judging panel said: “I was genuinely impressed with the range of ideas and the ability of the students to pitch to the judging panel. I look forward to seeing all the finalists further developing their ideas and wish Kiran and Eugine every success in the final.”