Melanie Smith, an LCC Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication graduate, recently won both the Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition and the UAL SEED Fund.
Melanie, who graduated from LCC in 2013, has since gone on to set up her own design company called Smith and Wonder. Before studying at LCC Melanie did a two year foundation degree in Graphic Design at Brighton University. The Santander University of Brighton Enterprise Competition is open to students and graduates of the university and each year the university hosts the competition to find the Most Enterprising Community Project, Most Innovative Product New Product and Most Entrepreneurial Service.
The winner of each category was awarded £2750 to invest in their original idea. Melanie won in the Most Innovative Product category for her creative idea of a storytelling kit for children, ‘STORY’.
Melanie has also just been awarded the UAL SEED Fund, a scheme that offers up to £5000 worth of funding along with mentoring and legal advice to young entrepreneurs with exciting business ideas. She explains “I really didn’t expect to win both awards, and it means that STORY is very close to becoming a reality for me. It’s exciting to now have the opportunity to work for myself, and bring some of my ideas to life”