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Article by Neill Barston | 25th June 2018

Dover Student Wins £1,000 Start-Up Prize

A University of Kent post-graduate student from Dover has won a £1,000 prize for a mobile phone app that allows people to order and pay for food in restaurants.

The app, called Waitr, has been developed by Oliver Salisbury, who studies in the Kent Business School (KBS), and his business partner Callum Messiter, who also comes from Dover. The idea helped them win the recent Business Start-Up Journey (BSUJ) competition run by KBS.

The competition saw students from the university’s schools of Economics and Computing as well as KBS pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts. As well as tackling tough questions on their proposed growth strategies, the students took part in mentoring sessions for insights on how to grow a start-up idea into a viable business.

Choosing Waitr as the winner, the judges praised the app for its well thought out presentation and usability as well as the viability of the idea.

Oliver and Callum hope to launch the app to market after an initial testing phase in the summer.

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