Date of release: Friday, December 16, 2016

Greenwich students join London Mayor to promote entrepreneur challengeThe Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is being helped by two Greenwich students in his search for young entrepreneurs keen to tackle environmental issues across the capital.

Sociology student Sam Goymer and Gianluca Torreggiani, who is studying Business Management, have joined 13 other university interns at City Hall to promote the Mayor's Entrepreneur Competition.

The competition, supported by the Citi Foundation, offers the chance for students with 'green' business ideas to pitch their proposals to a panel of investors at City Hall. The Citi Foundation has pledged £20,000 start-up funding for the winning project.

Previous winners include Bio-bean, which turns London's coffee waste into advanced biofuels for heating and transport, and Aeropowder, which creates new materials, including building insulation, from waste feathers.

Gianluca spotted the possibility of a City Hall internship in his regular work opportunities email from the Greenwich Faculty of Business Employability Office.

He says: "The employability team helped me apply and I was selected. I am doing all sorts of things to promote the competition and network with people. I'm learning lots of soft skills which will help me get jobs in the future."

Sam and Gianluca joined other members of the promotion team to meet the Mayor at a special event held in the City Hall Living Room.

Sarah Sheikh, the university's Faculty of Business Employability Manager, says: "At Greenwich we pride ourselves on the wide range of internships and other work placement opportunities we are able to offer our students.

"These internships are giving Sam and Gianluca invaluable experience in an exciting environment. It is experience that will stand them in good stead as they finish their studies and start applying for their career jobs."

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, says: "From cleaning up our filthy air to boosting recycling and cutting food waste, our student entrepreneurs could help solve some of the serious challenges our city faces.

"London is the best place in the world to launch and grow a business and a leading centre for green technology. With our many world-leading universities in the capital, I'm sure this competition will generate some truly innovative solutions to help boost London's environment."

Find out more about the Mayor's Entrepreneur competition 2017: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/smart-london-and-innovation/mayor-entrepreneur-2017

Story by Public Relations

Picture: Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, with his green entrepreneur competition team at City Hall.