Sadiq Khan has launched a search for student entrepreneurs in London ready to help look after the environment and solve urgent global problems.
Supported by the Citi Foundation, the contest will search for answers to a variety of problems ranging from tackling pollution to boosting air quality.
Investors at City Hall will later choose the winner, and Citi will fund the winning project with a whopping £20,000.
A previous winning entry was Aeropowder, which turned waste feathers into new useful materials like building insulation.
15 interns from universities across London will help promote the project on campuses.
“From cleaning up our filthy air to boosting recycling and cutting food waste, our student entrepreneurs could help solve some of the serious challenges our city faces,” said Khan.
“London is the best place in the world to launch and grow a business and a leading centre for green technology. With our many world-leading universities in the capital, I’m sure this competition will generate some truly innovative solutions to help boost London’s environment.”
And Niels Kirk, from Citi, added: “Sustainable solutions to urban challenges are critical for the future competitiveness of global cities like London. Young people have a vital role to play.
“These awards encourage innovation and an entrepreneurial mind-set, not only unleashing young people’s potential to solve major challenges, but also helping them develop vital skills for their future careers.”
Entries must be submitted by midnight on February 12 via www.london.gov.uk/entrepreneur.