At Pearson College London, we try to immerse our students in industry from the minute that they walk through the doors. We value industry experiences and influences, and find they are hugely influential on the success of a student post-graduation.

This week at Pearson Business School, we held an event to allow just that! Six student entrepreneurs from Pearson Business School pitched their businesses in front of 4 Super Chargers in the hope of finding investment, mentor-ship, advice and potential clients.

Meet the Super Chargers

Peter Richards


  • Peter is a veteran of the technology market and held executive roles with UK, German and US owned businesses – both venture-backed and publicly quoted.
  • He has also co-founded software and consulting businesses.
  • He has built lasting teams in sales, finance and operations and raised venture funding for a number of start-up businesses.
  • He has also initiated and concluded IPO's on the AIM, NASDAQ and Frankfurt Exchanges.

Natasha Porter

Natasha was inspired to start Unlocked Graduates while working with Dame Sally Coates on her review into prison education. Before this Natasha was a founding teacher and Senior Leader at King Solomon Academy, leading the English department and then the upper school from the pre-opening stage until their first GCSE results which were some of the best in the country. She has extensive experience in educational policy development, both at think tank Policy Exchange, and the Department for Education.

Natasha continues to be involved in setting up new schools and is a founding governor of One Degree Academy.

Ammar Al-Rikabi


Ammar Al-Rikabi is the Investment Director of Arch Investment Partners, a multi-family office Venture Capital and Private Equity investment fund and corporate finance advisory based in London. It invests and advises across a range of sectors including Energy, FinTech, Real Estate and Renewables.

He is currently working with a leading FinTech group in London which is raising growth capital to take the business to profitability within the next 3 years.

He also led the Corporate Finance function of innovative affordable housing developer Pocket Living where the business’s pipeline grew to over 1,000 homes and where a strategic investment was received from a major US investment firm.

Ammar has over 15 years of finance experience, particularly in Venture Capital, Private Equity and Capital Markets, from institutions including TBI International and Lehman Brothers. He graduated with an MBA from IESE Business School and a BSc (Computer Science) from University College London. His other activities have included being a long-running judge in IESE’s International Private Equity Competition.

Vik Gupta

Vik is a qualified optometrist, specialising in the use of contact lenses for TV and movies. He began investing in buy to let properties in 2003, later moving into property development.

Vik has since invested in a number of companies, including an online gaming company, an electric vehicle company and a Lightbulb company.

Meet the Start-ups

1. Desk My Space

Three students that are hoping to revolutionise the market for co-working space in London by offering a managed deskspace rental.

2. Diamblue

A student who has built a unique international supply chain to bring high quality natural diamonds to the students market at an affordable price.

3. Igloo Crowd

Two students who are aiming to bring property investment to the masses by creating a crowd-funded property investment system Igloo Crowd.

4. Wakeup Docklands

A wakeboarder who joined teamed up with 4 friends to buy WakeupDocklands. Changing the membership business model and expanding the business to turn a profit in the first year.

5. Bards Mead

A student who has waded through the mire of alcohol licencing to set up a mead distribution company. He is updating the 13th-century drink to compete with prosecco and champagne.

6. Opus Ioris

Bring automation to contract law, Nick has been pushing forward in revolutionising the way SMEs deal with repetitive contract issues.

What a night!

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