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No more lost keys! Hackney business students get Royal seal of approval

Posted 26th April 2017

Hackney Community College students with a business idea for a simple biometrics security system for households and businesses were awarded as runners up in the Big Idea 2017 and had the opportunity to discuss their plans with HRH The Duke of York.

The students attended an exclusive awards reception event at St James’s Palace, hosted by The Duke of York, who gave an inspirational speech on entrepreneurship, business and mentorship.

Guest speaker Holly Tucker, founder of the online marketplace, notonthehighstreet.com tweeted afterwards: “Such an inspiring evening tonight at Big Idea 17 – congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for inviting me to be a part of it.”

The level 3 business students came up with the idea for Scrinkey during the competition process organised by London Metropolitan University Accelerator. As contestants in the Big Idea 2017, they also benefited from mentoring support from the managing director of event software company Trumin

They developed a business viable idea for a hardware device that can lock and unlock using biometrics, facial and fingerprint security, supported by user-friendly software. It would be possible to add or remove friends, family and guests from the system as required. “Scrinkey makes lost keys a thing of the past and makes your home more secure at the same time.”

Of the 17 finalists from London’s colleges, three were from the new City College Group, which comprises Hackney Community College, Tower Hamlets College and Redbridge College.

Hackney borough principal Lois Fowler said: “Congratulations to our students. This is a great recognition of their talent and success. I’m very proud of their achievement and thrilled that they had this opportunity to discuss their business idea with The Duke of York.”

Business BTEC students Emanuel Yetbarek, Zakir Choudury, Bobby Okobi and Naim Khan from Hackney Community College with their mentor Duncan Francis, Managing Director, Trumin.