The Catalyst Challenge returns

March saw the return of the Catalyst Challenge to the University of Southampton Science Park, as students from the University of Southampton embarked on a day of workshops, pitches and sessions designed to challenge their commercial awareness, confidence, creativity and communication skills.

Catalyst Challenge is an annual one-day business competition hosted by the University of Southampton Science Park in collaboration with the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Southampton. The main feature is a pitch event whereby students are split into teams and given just three hours to work on a business challenge presented to them on the day.

This year, teams were looking at how to exploit the commercial potential in mobile digital technology in the craft and healthcare markets. They went on to pitch to a panel of experienced judges, comprising Science Park CEO, Peter Birkett, University of Southampton COO, Ian Dunn, SETsquared Programme Director, David Bream and Catalyst business coach, Phil Sharpe.

Sarah Rogers, Head of Student Enterprise, Careers and Employability Service said: “The Catalyst Challenge has been a fantastic opportunity for University of Southampton students. The support given by the Science Park has been excellent, with students gaining unique insights into what life is like as an entrepreneur while developing essential business skills and networks that they can utilize in their professional futures.”