In the summer of 2012 I found out the Innovation Centre at my university was holding a ‘Sussex Startup’ competition in which up to five winning ideas would receive £2000 to develop their ventures further. I applied and got shortlisted to the final six. We all had to pitch our idea to a board of experts and entrepreneurs, we had to explain what we would use the money for and why we needed it. The idea of pitching to experts was scary at first, but once I had started the pitch it became easier. It was a process in which my presentation skills improved. I also got valuable feedback from knowledgable people about my idea.
A month later I was delighted to find out I had won, along with two others. I was also appointed a mentor and had use to office space for six months.