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Solent funded student businesses

Do you have a business idea that you want to try? Or an existing business you want to expand? Solent University has years of experience supporting students with business ideas. We have experienced advisers as well as a fund for entrepreneurs. Here's some examples of successful students and their ideas.


Mature student and single mum Joanne White is one of the first budding entrepreneurs to take advantage of Southampton Solent University’s new enterprise crowdfunding platform, Launch Pad.

Third-year fashion graphics student Joanne and her partner Jon, himself a Solent alumnus, are using Launch Pad to kick-start Rainha – a new brand of ‘fightwear’ sports clothing for women, focused on martial arts like Brazilian jiu jitsu.

Southampton Solent student Peter Morris’s early-morning eureka moment led to Lockabox – a growing business and an inventive product, which has now been picked up by retailer John Lewis.

Starting off as a builder in south Devon, Peter moved to Southampton to follow his interests by studying music technology, but his experience of living in a shared house sparked the idea that would grow into Lockabox.

It’s a simple concept: a safe, hygienic and easy to assemble box, which locks. Designed to fit on the shelf of a standard fridge, it can also be used to keep health care products, cosmetics and medicines secure, as well as generally making sure personal items stay private.

Page last updated on Tuesday 13 December 2016 at 1.54pm.


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