Student entrepreneur to scale up first aid offering for parents and childcare providers
Ambitious medical student Laura Brunning has set out to improve the quality of first aid training in the UK through a scalable business starting on the south coast of Hampshire.
She secured £20,000 for her startup, Hampshire First Aid, at a Dragons’ Den-style investment event with the University of Southampton’s Future Worlds incubator on Saturday 12th May.
Laura, who is in her fourth year of Medicine at the University of Southampton, runs Ofsted-approved Paediatric First Aid courses in the city. She has been teaching life support for the past seven years and joined the Save a Baby's Life Society when she started at university.
“First Aid is essential to all child carers and parents,” she explains. “Becoming confident in providing first aid will make a huge difference to your confidence as a childcare provider, and also your employability. Many parents are now listing it as an essential qualification for anyone looking after their children, and rightly so.
“I am absolutely dedicated to my mission to provide the highest quality first aid courses. In the coming years, I aim to have a few branches set up and be recognised as a high quality company, passionate about providing a personal and professional service.”
Hampshire First Aid was one of six student startups pitched in front of a packed live audience at the Future Worlds incubator’s investment event at the University of Southampton Students’ Union on Saturday.
Dragon investors Chris Broad, Apple Director of Sales Contracting EMEIA, Andrew Doe, serial digital entrepreneur and founder of confetti.co.uk, Sonja Lami, angel investor and Insight Investment Fund Manager, and Nick Lawton, Chairman of the Lawton Communications Group, negotiated on stage with the entrepreneurs. Laura started her pitch seeking £10,000 to scale up her operation, and exceeded expectations as she negotiated £20,000 from Chris Broad.
The Future Worlds event is an annual showcase of a growing student enterprise culture at the University of Southampton and was co-hosted this Saturday by the Fish on Toast, Entrepreneurs Club and Enactus Southampton societies.
Dr Reuben Wilcock, Future Worlds Director, said: “It’s been great to see an infectious entrepreneurial culture building on campus in recent years which now seen over £450,000 pledged on-stage to student startups at our four annual pitching events. The student entrepreneurs really impressed the investors on Saturday with their passion, professionalism and presentation, and it will be exciting to see what their fledgling businesses can achieve in the coming years. Two startups from the 2017 showcase are now valued at over £1m and will be based in Silicon Valley and London from this summer. Future Worlds will be mentoring Laura and the other startups as they continue their entrepreneurial journeys alongside their studies and strive to impact society with their innovations.”
To enquire about booking a course with Hampshire First Aid contact Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org.