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  • Rahat’s Reflective Essay

    April 27, 2020 by

    As social entrepreneur, the decision to take a yearlong leave from work to pursue a second master’s degree, was a difficult one. I was aware that it meant leaving the close work with the Bangladeshi community and creating an impact on society to some extent behind. In 2018, I decided to pursue my second master… Read more

  • Team InnoX at Dragons’ Den

    April 27, 2020 by

    The Dragons’ Den purpose was to evaluate our business idea and give us feedback on market needs, the revenue model and to validate the idea. Another purpose was improving our pitching abilities and real life experience on investment pitching. A perfect pitch needs team work, a lot of practice, and good visualization. As a team,… Read more

  • Meet Your Customers: Kingston Eden Walk Trade Fair

    April 27, 2020 by

    The Kingston Eden Walk Trade Fair offers a real-life experience for students to pitch and sell products to customers. This practice gives a better understanding on how to grab the attention of passersby and to sell a product to them. Before coming to our experience during the Kingston Eden Walk Trade Fair, I would like… Read more

  • Bright Ideas 2020

    April 27, 2020 by

    Bright Ideas is an annual competition designed to give the students the opportunity to develop an idea, have it evaluated and win a prize of up to £1,000. There are 5 Categories, with two winners in every category: a) Winner (1000 GBP) & b) Runner-ups (250 GBP). In our module, it is compulsory to attend… Read more

  • Branding and Communication

    April 27, 2020 by

    This blog is about our branding and how we changed it throughout the module. It is fascinating to see how our branding has developed and how we communicated with our audience. Our first time presenting our product and the presentation of our booth was unorganized. The branding and product tone did not have any connection… Read more

  • It’s Not Just a Game

    April 27, 2020 by

    In my previous blog, I have asked your guess on which idea we ended up choosing for our design thinking module. The question was if we would choose an idea from the three ideas I mentioned before, a) Personalized notepad for students, b) A multi-purpose backpack, andc) A board game or if we came up… Read more

  • Business Plan under 20 minutes: Lean Model Canvas for Startups

    January 6, 2020 by

    The Business Model Canvas became famous with tech giants to come up with new business plans or reinventing their products. The Business Model Canvas — opposed to the traditional, intricate business plan — helps organizations conduct structured, tangible, and strategic conversations around new businesses or existing ones. It was introduced by Alex Osterwalder who mentioned… Read more

  • “Kill the baby aka Kill the idea”

    January 6, 2020 by

    The word “Baby” has become one of very common use in the startup community. Founders are often found to be emotionally attached to their solution or idea, treating their startup nearly like a baby of theirs. It can be observed that they get intensely defensive when someone gives them critical feedback, obviously disliking that they… Read more

  • A Toilet Experience through Empathy

    January 6, 2020 by

    As a Design Thinker, it is important for us to experience the service/product if we want to redesign the service/product, as it is important to understand the service/product by taking interviews with possible users (not survey!) and observe the user behavior. One of the biggest traits of a Design Thinker must be the empathy with… Read more

  • E.O.B.P (Empathy, Observation, Brainstorm and Prototype)

    January 6, 2020 by

    The fun thing about Design Thinking is, that if you know the process and act accordingly to it, things fall right into place. Today, I will share with you a method called E.OB.P, a method that will help you to define a problem and with a process to support you coming with a possible solution… Read more

  • The Reverse Design Thinking

    January 6, 2020 by

    The Design Thinking process is an astonishing way to observe how a product comes to live. In our previous classes we used to review the problem first, before proceeding to find a solution for it.  But how to know which problem an innovative product is solving? To approach this, a good method is to apply… Read more

  • Startup Weekend Experience: A Hackathon with Surrey County Council

    October 18, 2019 by

    I had expected a lot to happen upon me starting my Kingston University journey, but honestly, I didn’t expect the Startup Weekend Experience event on the topic of design thinking. Now, design thinking is a module that teaches tools and techniques to design and develop a business from scratch. Having made already some experience in… Read more

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