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Engineers in Business

One of the prizes I was most surprised to win at Ingenuity Impact 2021 was the Engineers prize. To be honest I didn’t even think I was in the running as I hadn’t through of myself as an engineer.

When I looked at the criteria I DO count because I am a computer science student registered with BCS and designing and creating a product - therefore an engineer. I suppose I am trying to engineer a solution to menopause problems!
As a regional winner of the Engineers award I had the opportunity to apply for a place in the ENGINEERS IN BUSINESS FELLOWSHIP final. I found out last week I made the final – top 10 students engineers in the country in the Champion of Champions final. (The shock and pride continues!).

I was invited to a day in London at the Royal Academy of Engineers a week ago for press, photos, interviews and mentoring. It was an amazing day out and landed on the last sunny day of the year. The RAE is a gorgeous building in a lovely area of London, blowing distance to Buckingham Palace. The afternoon was great. I love talking about ChangeXtra and hearing what others think about the business.

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Me at the Royal Academy of Engineering

The grand final will be held on 22nd October. You can see the pitch that got me here by following this link (and you can also vote and the one with the most votes wins a cash prize!)

At the final I have to do a live pitch and Q&A and if you want to see me sweat and squirm you can sign up to watch here.

Thanks to ENGINEERS IN BUSINESS FELLOWSHIP for this amazing opportunity and for recognising the potential of ChangeXtra.
Let’s engineer a solution to feeling fed up and fobbed off about the menopause!

Written by

Dr. Claire Mann

Founder of ChangeXtra

In 2020 after being made redundant during the pandemic, I returned to University to retrain in Data Science. It was here that I took the opportunity to enter the Ingenuity business planning programe and competition, where I worked on the ChangeXtra business plan with support from Ingeniuity.

My business proposal was first shortlisted to the regional finals, and then the National finals in May 2021. At the awards evening in May 2021, ChangeXtra swept the board.

In July 2021, I also won first prize in the NTU Enterprise competition.

Then in September 2021, I was shortlisted to the final of the Engineers in Business Champion of Champion Awards, with the final taking place in October 2021.

The pitch I entered can be seen online here, and you can even vote for me:

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