Semi-finalist student Bosco Chun Li, currently studying the Media, Campaigning and Social Change MA at the University of Westminster, founded YES Overseas Weddings, an organisation managing weddings in the UK for LGBT couples from Hong Kong and China. Same sex marriages are prohibited in China and Hong Kong but a UK marriage licence is recognised and affords couples equal local benefits. With China’s significant and growing LGBT population, the business offers couples paid for packages that cover a wide range of wedding planning services such as legal documentation, venue hire, catering, florists, entertainment, honeymoon and more.
The competition application was open to all students and consists of three stages, the first required online submission of a business model canvas and a two minutes video pitch. Applications were then filtered down to eight business ideas, where Bosco and ten other students went through a gruelling week long Idea Validation Bootcamp organised by the University’s Creative Enterprise Centre Accelerator Programme.
Shiela Birungi, Manager of the Creative Enterprise Centre, said: “Bosco’s success is a great example of the entrepreneurial potential and strength of business ideas founded by Westminster’s students. Through the CEC Accelerator Programme, Bosco and his entrepreneurial peers have invested a lot of time and hard work, have come a long way in growing their business ideas and developing their enterprise skills”.