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MBAs pitch entrepreneurial ideas at University's Innovation Centre

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Yesterday our MBA students presented their entrepreneurial business ideas to a panel of experts.

Working in teams, the MBAs have spent several months developing their business ideas. The work forms part of the Entrepreneurship in Action module, part of the Bath MBA's Multi-Project Suite. This is one of many practice-based features embedded in the programme, designed to complement academic studies.

The eight teams pitched diverse ideas including: mobile apps for independent travellers, social enterprise initiatives, tour operator services for MBA students and traditional Japanese street food.

The best business ideas

There were three winning business ideas across three categories.

Most investable business idea

MyLocal, a technology company that aims to make travel more authentic by focusing on local experiences.

MyLocal team member Chris Frey said:

'We were quite lucky to have a very well rounded team with a mix of skills, covering all aspects of a business. We all love to travel so working on this was close to our hearts. We're really happy with our end product and excited for the future.'

Business venture most likely to succeed

ChaChai, a 'tea experience' offering tea from China, Japan and India.

ChaChai team member Die Jia said:

'Customers are looking for a unique experience and we have designed ChaChai to give them exactly that.'

ChaChai - Business venture most likely to succeed winners

Best pitch

Street Food Gurus, a mobile food concept offering local 'foodies' quick and convenient cuisine that uses high quality, local sourced ingredients.

Street Food Gurus team member Lisa Solovieva said:

'This was a very hands-on and practical project that put us into the entrepreneurial mindset and really developed our teamworking abilities. We had great fun taking our idea from initial concept to action, and learned a lot in the process.'

Street Food Gurus - Best Pitch winners - Business venture most likely to succeed winners

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.