Funding fuels students' entrepreneurial ambitions

Two student entrepreneurs from City of Glasgow College have been awarded a grant of £5000 to expand their business.

NC Product Design students Lidia Modlinska and Tomasz Sawczuk received the top prize in a competition run by the John Mather Trust. It will help with their plans to develop an extendable, modular desktop 3D printer.

The Trust supports young people in education in the West of Scotland and its competition challenges students to submit a stand-out creative idea or business proposal to secure funding.

Lidia, who set up LT Creative with Tomasz, said: “We are working on a printer that is fully extendable, which means that you can add extension modules on each axle so it can be wider, longer and higher. We are planning to provide services such as graphic design, 3D modelling and 3D printing.

“We already had a 3D printer but it was not the best quality as we bought it on EBay as cheaply as possible. One of the reasons was that it came in parts, so we thought we could learn how to assemble the printer and understand how it works from scratch.”

As part of their prize, the two 25-year-old students, both from Govan, also secured a six-month residency at the Whisky Bond in Glasgow which houses a community of creative and cultural practitioners across six floors of workshops, artist studios, offices and co-working spaces.

Lidia said: “It will be a really great opportunity for us to develop our skills and our contacts within the industry. The Product Design course at City of Glasgow College gave us real, working skills that we can use in our future careers. We are now progressing to the HNC and hope that we will become even more skilled over the next 12 months.”

Careers Advisor at City of Glasgow College Rachel Pooley said, "The competition creates a great launching pad for the students who take part in it. The finalists all benefit from an excellent package of training and the winners are now in a position to develop their businesses.”

Project Manager at the Whisky Bond, Abigale Wilson, said, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with City of Glasgow College and the John Mather Trust and welcome the college’s winning graduates into our co-working space for a free six-month placement. 

“The Bond provides the perfect setting for a start-up like Tomasz’s and Lidia’s where they’ll be able to meet and mix with practitioners from similar professions. I’m very much looking forward to introducing them to those who can help accelerate their progress.”