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Meet Mayor of London Entrepreneur Award winner Aaron

Aaron is a Biomedical Engineering & Innovation Design Engineering graduate of Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. Aaron is also the co-founder of WithLula, this year’s winner of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Award. Here Aaron tells us more about his time studying in London and working full-time on WithLula since graduating.

© Ben Broomfield

© Ben Broomfield

Why did you choose to study Biomedical Engineering & Innovation Design Engineering at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art?

Imperial College is a hotpot of students, cultures, and technology. It was the perfect place for me to explore what I wanted to do during my bachelors, and then further exploring my niche in my masters.

Why did you choose to study in London?

I did my last two years of schooling outside of London and loved coming into this massive hub of a city. From restaurants, to libraries and museums, London is a place that has something for everyone. If I had to choose again, I wouldn’t choose anywhere else!

What did you enjoy most during your time as a student in London?

The perks of being in a metropolitan city. I grew up in the middle-east, where getting books or even electronics were always an incredibly long and expensive process. Being the first to try new services, or get new products is a perk that I take for granted now. I never need to wait more than a day to get a book delivered through my door.

Did you work during your studies?

I did several internships from financial services to advertisement, during my holidays. This was not only a great opportunity to grow out the skillsets in my CV but also to better understand what and where I would want to work when I left university.

How would you describe London in three words?

Colourful, Packed, Purposeful.

Congratulations on winning this year’s Mayor’s Entrepreneur Award! Can you tell us a bit about your invention?

WithLula provides the markets first safely flushable and biodegradable sanitary products. Redesigned to be silent, secure, and sustainable.

WithLula started as an exploration into environmental waste but talking to my co-founder, Olivia, I soon understood that the problem was so much more than just waste. The whole journey was confusing and complicated, and we thought that we could make a simpler more enjoyable period for all.

Our vision at WithLula is to make menstrual health and hygiene accessible to anyone, anywhere.

 

How has your university supported you with the development of your project?

Imperial College London has been invaluable with their help and advice, even now that my co-founder and I have graduated. We initially went through the WEInnovate 2017 competition, which gave us the starting capital to take the leap. The Enterprise Lab at Imperial has supported us with masterclasses and mentorship, as well as through the Imperial Venture Mentoring Scheme which connects their start-ups with advisors and investors who bring expert feedback and advice.

The university has also sponsored my Graduate Entrepreneur Visa, which means I can stay in the UK and continue to work on my start-up. Their services and staff have been one of the strongest driving forces for our success.

Have you drawn on any wider support within London to develop your project?

London is full of amazing people and opportunities – especially for a start-up. We are part of the A2i programme, part funded by London South Bank University and the European Development fund, due to our low carbon initiatives. Several of our mentors live or work nearby, making it possible to meet and get advice. It is a hub for events, programmes, and competition which makes it a great place to take the leap if you do want to work or start your own company.

Do you have any international partners?

WithLula is currently a tight group of three, with each of us are concentrating on core parts of the company. I am heading the product development and customer experience, my co-founder Olivia, a junior doctor, is heading the medical research and branding whilst Angad, our team member based in Mumbai, India, is leading our R&D team as we collaborate with a research textile institute.

We are building a socially responsible company as our foundation, as our vision is to make menstrual health and hygiene accessible to anyone, anywhere. We are working with the Indian government to develop low-cost, fast-drying reusable pads to be provided not only in developing countries but also in the UK, tackling period poverty globally as well as locally.

What are your plans after the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Competition?

We were incredibly fortunate to win the prize and excited at the opportunity that it gives us. With the prize money, we are going to complete our patent protection, to start commercial production, and start selling directly to customers through our website. We have exciting plans and concepts in the pipeline and cannot wait to take the next step in our journey!

To find out more about WithLula, visit the website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Do you have any advice for other students thinking about studying in London?

London can be expensive but as a student, there are several subsidies from travel to cinemas! It’s an incredible place to study and learn, especially for the formative years during university where you will be figuring out what you want to do.

Student spotlight: Meet Silvia from Italy

Italian student Silvia is an Erasmus student in London studying MA Translation (Business and Legal) at Middlesex University. Silvia was one of 11 lucky students to be welcomed to London as part of the International Student Welcome event.   Silvia and the other students were welcomed to the city by Deputy Mayor of London Rajesh Agrawal […]

“What I love most about London is its dynamism”

French student Enzo Marius Gendreau came to London in 2015 to study Business at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL). One of the stars of an upcoming video series about studying in London, Enzo decided to come to London to pursue his dreams of setting up his own marketing company. Originally from Bordeaux, Enzo commented […]

London education has transformed my life

For Egyptian student Ehab Sayed, nature has been the source of inspiration for his new approach to construction. Shortlisted for the Mayor of London’s International Student Innovation Award, Study London spoke to Ehab about his innovation and his time in London. “I am an Egyptian who was born and raised in Qatar in the Middle […]

“Studying in London gives you amazing exposure to giant companies as well as start-ups”

London welcomed nearly 4,000 French students last year, who are studying in higher education institutions across the city. Study London spoke to three of the French finalists in the Mayor of London’s International Student Innovation Award about why they chose to study in London. Félicie Eymard always dreamed of studying in London. The creator of […]

London is the place to be for artificial intelligence

With London emerging as a global hub for artificial intelligence (AI), Study London caught up with computing student Osama Rama about the passion for robotics which brought him to London. Shortlisted for the Mayor of London’s International Student Innovation Award for his robot, Oizuu, Osama is doing a masters course in Computing and AI at […]

5 Apps you need if you are studying in London

Uber Study London have teamed up with Uber and we are delighted to announce that your first trip in London is on us. Simply download the app and use the code STUDYLONDON to claim your free journey up to £15! Find out more about Uber and claim your free trip here remember to use promo code […]

7 ways to deal with homesickness

Starting life at university, especially in a new city or country, can be incredibly exciting. However, it is inevitable that, at some point, you will feel homesick. It is estimated that up to 70% of people will suffer homesickness and is perfectly normal. Here is our helpful guide about how to deal with homesickness so […]

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We are delighted to have worked with Student.Com in creating this video with a simple message. To students from all over the globe, there is one thing you need to know, #LondonIsOpen

London just got better for You

Our money expert, Peter Miles from UniZest, is back and he has some exciting news! With all of the recent uncertainty following the UK vote for Brexit it is easy to become distracted from the fact that London remains at the pinnacle of Global Cities. London continues to provide truly amazing opportunities and experiences to […]

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