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LSE student shortlisted in the first Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Vyacheslav PolonskiVyacheslav ‘Slava’ Polonski (pictured), a BSc Management student and LSE Stelios scholar, has been recognised for his outstanding entrepreneurial business ideas at the first ever Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Vyacheslav was shortlisted from applications received from all 50 Santander partner universities by a panel of experts including members of universities and Santander.

Vyacheslav’s business proposal was for ‘Robopitch’, a fully automated guitar tuner designed for a pleasant and pure guitar sound experience. It is a unique technological invention that is capable to automatically tune any type of guitar to standard or more complex tuning settings, which was designed and patented by the team. The device also provides several additional functions to learn how to play the guitar or to bring to perfection one's playing skills. With this innovative business product, Vyacheslav and his team became national champions in the Netherlands and came second in the European finals of BearingPoint's flagship competition on entrepreneurship last month.

At the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards, Vyacheslav got down to the final five in the undergraduate category and was asked to give a presentation in the national final. He was also invited to attend the awards ceremony on Tuesday 5 July, held at the Spanish Embassy in London and attended by the Spanish Ambassador and Emilio Botín, executive chairman of Grupo Santander. Earlier this year, Vyacheslav was also awarded at the British Council's Shine! International Student Awards.

Another LSE student was also recognised at the awards. Masters student Avinash Patchava was long listed to the final ten in the graduate category for his business proposal ‘Kliqed’, a calendar management application that makes social and event planning for busy people easier, less awkward and even automatic.

At a separate Santander ceremony, LSE postgraduate student and Santander Formula scholar, Samuel Jacobson, met Emilio Botín and F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, to celebrate the success of last year’s Santander Formula Student programme and the launch of this year’s programme.