Lintott Employability Prize – by Alfonso Avila-Merino


Compelled to demonstrate their talent for innovation & creativity, a high number of Year-3 undergraduates who studied the Innovation Management and Creativity module participated in the Business School’s Employability Competition. From the plethora of high-calibre submissions, Business School staff selected 4 students as finalists: Jessica May, Emma Pearce, Daniel Bloom and Max Watson.


The final took place in February, which was a very intense occasion. All 4 finalists delivered an excellent pitch, which made selecting a winner extremely difficult for the panel of judges. Each finalist demonstrated tenacity & knowledge, in particular as they responded to ‘quick-fire’ questions from the panel. As a result, there were no losers. Jessica took first place, Emma and Daniel second, with Max receiving third position. In addition to a trophy, finalists won a share of the prize money, which had been donated by Norwich-based manufacturing business, Lintott Control Systems Limited. Director, Jamie Thums, who was also a member of the judging panel, remarked how difficult it was judging the competition due to the high-quality of each finalist. However, that’s not put him off considering to judge again next year!


The finale to the competition was a timed 10-minute presentation regarding the impact of the “Sync the City” event, which took place last November. Ran over some 54 hours, this involved students engaging with business owners, software developers, local government representatives & technologists to conceptualise a commercially-viable product & business case. This was a perfect opportunity for Innovation Management and Creativity’s students to put into practice a number of concepts previously discussed within the learning environment.


Well done to everyone who participated, but most importantly, our winning finalists! Information regarding Lintott Control Systems: A subsidiary of the CEMA Group, Lintott is a specialist, customer-centric designer & manufacturer of factory-built, packaged process solutions for Blue-Chip Utility & Process Industry businesses. Products include Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, Software Systems and Electrical Control Panels. For more information, please visit:


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