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University of Sussex Sustainability Team presents:

Pitch for the Planet

Join the University of Sussex Vice Chancellor Adam Tickell and a panel of judges to hear current students Pitch for the Planet.

Eight teams or individuals will take part in a Dragons’ Den style challenge with the hope of winning up to £20,000 of prizes and business incubation support for turning their sustainability ideas into reality.

Confirmed Panellists:

· Adam Tickell (Vice Chancellor, University of Sussex)

· Kelly Coate (Pro-Vice Chancellor – Education and Students, University of Sussex)

· Ella Daish (Activist and Environmentalist)

· Cemal Ezel (Founder and CEO at Change Please)

· Darren Tenkorang (Founder and CEO at TRIM-IT)

Confirmed Compere:

· Daisy Dunne (Climate & Environment Correspondent at The Independent)

Join us and be ready to be inspired as the next generation of social entrepreneurs find solutions to some of the world’s most difficult problems in relation to sustainable food, water, travel and waste.

Students pitching:

Younes Labbar (MSc Strategic Innovation Management) - Sustainability Gamification

Isaac Husband (BA Politics and International Relations) – Vertical water saving gardens

Pavel Ivanov (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) – Carbon Sink Fertiliser

Tia Sharma (Psychology with Economics) – Sustainable Fashion

Donna Comerford (International Education and Development PhD) – Pocket Money Gardens

Stephen Gray (PhD Development Studies) - Virtual Reality Training Spaces

Johanes Anton Witono (MSc. in Sustainable Development) – Insect based plant protein and fertiliser

Rhian Louise Barber (Marketing and Management) – Sustainable Aquaculture

The event will be streamed live from Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts via Zoom webinar and in front of an intimate, in-person, live studio audience.

To attend the event online via Zoom, please register here.

To attend in-person at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on the University of Sussex Falmer campus book tickets via the red “Book Now” button.

Tickets to a small studio audience are being sold on a socially distanced basis (1 metre gap between groups). We politely request that audience members wear a face covering, if they are able to.

About the Panellists

Adam Tickell

Adam Tickell is the University of Sussex’s eighth Vice-Chancellor. He has worked in leadership positions at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol and at Royal Holloway, University of London, and is the Vice-Chancellor Designate of the University of Birmingham.

A highly regarded economic geographer, Professor Tickell’s work in developing new political economic geography is amongst the most influential of his generation.

His work has explored finance, English local governance and the politics of ideas. Professor Tickell is leading a Review of Research Bureaucracy, launched by the Government at the end of March 2021.

Cemal Ezel

Cemal is the Founder of Change Please CIC, Old Spike Roastery and Coal Rooms Restaurants. Change Please is a social enterprise which trains people who are homeless to be baristas, paying each person the London Living Wage, providing housing to people who are homeless within 10 days of them starting employment and then supporting them into onward jobs.

Change Please was listed by Marketing Week as one of the 100 Most Disruptive brands for 2017 and Cemal won UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017. Change Please also represented the UK in the Chivas Venture Finals, to win World’s Best Social Enterprise 2018. Listed by Bloomberg as the World’s most promising startup.

Change Please was also Sir Richard Branson’s 2018 “Start Up of The Year” in The Sunday Times and they’ve recently won the Queen’s Excellence award for Social Mobility 2019. With now sites across the UK, Paris, Ireland and Australia, Change Please are having an impact to the lives of homeless people on an international basis.

Darren Tenkorang

Darren was awarded Brighton entrepreneur of the year in 2016 and is the Founder and CEO of TRIM-IT UK’s tech-enabled mobile barbershop. He has raised over £1million and currently operates a mobile barbershop franchise with his head office team of 11. The business currently services UK with plans to expand into the US in the next 18 months.

Ella Daish

Ella is an activist and environmentalist who has been campaigning since early 2018 to eliminate all plastic from menstrual products. Her award-winning campaign has over 234,000 signatures and is going from strength to strength with supermarkets and manufacturers starting to listen and make significant changes. Ella is dedicated to raising awareness of this issue and passionate about making positive change happen for people and the planet. She was awarded the Climate Coalitions Green Heart Hero 2020 Awars for Individual Inspiration, included on The Big Issue's Top 100 Changemakers of 2020, the BBC’s 100 Women list 2019 and the Independent's 2019 Happy List, for her activism and campaigning efforts.

Kelly Coate

Kelly has been Pro Vice Chancellor for Education and Students at Sussex since 2018. Prior to joining Sussex, she was the Vice Dean for Education in the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s College London. She has previously worked at the National University of Ireland in Galway, and UCL’s Institute of Education. Her research focuses on higher education: gender, careers and prestige; policy; curriculum and internationalisation. Currently, she sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Education Policy, Teaching in Higher Education, and Higher Education Research and Development.

Photo by Greg Rakozy on Unsplash

Dates & Times

  • Tuesday 27 July, 2021
    12:30pm – 3:00pm


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Tickets are free of charge but must be booked in advance. Social distancing between booking groups will be in operation: you can choose the number of seats you require (up to 6 maximum), and you will automatically be assigned a seat number.
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