LDrive founder and student Andrew Christopher from the University of Kent won investment for a platform that aims to connect learner drivers with instructors and in doing so reduce the cost of lessons.
He was chosen as the winner for his idea, LDrive, by a panel of business leaders and entrepreneurs at the annual Business Start-up Journey competition run by Kent Business School (KBS) at the university.
Commenting on securing the investment Andrew, who studies at the University’s Medway campus, said: ‘It’s fantastic to have been selected by such a high-profile panel of judges and this investment will help me continue to develop LDrive in becoming a fully-fledged online platform that will revolutionise the currently flawed learning-to-drive market for both learners and instructors.’
Andrew had seven minutes to pitch LDrive before answering questions from the judging panel of:
Daniel Rubin, the founder and executive chairman of global footwear and accessories brand Dune London
Dean Johnson, managing director of Haag Streit U
Lee Shalit-Blake, a chief financial officer with experience in start-up business
Kevin Bardwell, Santander Universities relationship manager.
Audience members also included Kent County Council’s David Godfrey and business people from across the county.
The Business Start-Up Journey, run by Kent's ASPIRE (Accelerator Space for Innovation and Responsible Enterprise) is a philanthropically funded programme offering support for students who are setting up their own businesses. It offers a combination of practical workshops, one-to-one advice, talks and mentoring.