A go-getting Southampton student has won a business competition in Chile while on his year abroad, and needs your vote to take it to the next level.
Jamie Furlong entered a Start-Up competition with a business idea and made it through to the Global Start-Up Battle.
He led his team of three business-minded Chileans and another Southampton student, Gavin Fielding, to success as they developed a concept over one weekend.
Their victory will put them up against teams from all over the world in more than 250 cities.
The concept is a social media platform called SkillSwap, which allows people to trade skills with no money involved.
Jamie mixed it up a bit while pitching the idea in front of a judging panel. He said:
The pitch itself made me laugh. Even though I was aware that I could have done the whole presentation in English because the judges could speak it, I started doing it in Spanish digging a hole for myself.
The team could now win the chance to launch the business in a premier location in Silicon Valley where companies like Google and Facebook have their headquarters, plus many more business-building opportunities.
Jamie hadn’t expected much from the competition. He said:
I had seen the idea done badly in the past, and thought it would be a fun thing to work on during the weekend. I wasn’t bothered about winning or losing.
But I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved. This means that we are now representing the University of Southampton on a global scale. It’s incredible!
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