Preston student wins funding for his big idea to help universities

Posted on - 20th September, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Jakub Zimola beat 15 other teams to the financial boost to develop his idea

Jakub Zimola beat 15 other teams to the financial boost to develop his idea

A student team has won funding towards making it easier for university’s to run surveys.


Survey Exchange is the brainchild of Jakub Zimola and he’ll now have £5,000 to help fund his idea.

The University of Central Lancashire student competed in a Dragons Den style competition against 15 teams.

They were tasked with solving big problems in the education sector, with funding coming from JISC.

Jakub’s idea allows student to find all the answers they need for their surveys using a unique point system.

Jakub said: “To win the Summer of Student Innovation is an amazing achievement for us. We are really excited about the next few months. Our project aim is bring more exposure to student surveys.

“We want to create a system that rewards researchers with increased visibility when they help to promote each other’s surveys and where reciprocity is rewarded. With the great network and experience that Jisc offers, we believe our cooperation will be the best way to take a next step in delivering a high quality platform for students and their research.”

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The Summer of Student Innovation used a technique developed by Google to hot house ideas during the four day event.

Employability lead at UCLan David Leeming said: “We are exceptionally proud of Jakub. He is a driven student that takes every opportunity he’s offered with extreme enthusiasm and he worked exceptionally hard on our International Business Communication degree. He showed a keen interest in Enterprise and this led him to become the clear winner in our ‘Pitch your Business Idea’ School Competition which was held in Pardubice, Czech Republic in conjunction with our partner institution. With the advice he was given from that event he went from strength to strength.

“Jakub also has received a great deal of support from the Enterprising Students and Northern Lights team. He was subsequently awarded a Student Entrepreneurship Award. In addition, he has attended their extra-curricular workshops, Northern Lights workshops and networking throughout the year. All this support has greatly helped him.

“This close collaboration across UCLan demonstrates the institution at its best.”

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