Two Fashion Contour students from London College of Fashion have been awarded £5,000 in funding to help accelerate their lingerie business.
Cindy Liberman and Faith Leeves received the funds after fending off competition from 80 other students, from various courses, to win the Gold prize at the Student Enterprise Team (SET) Challenge finale.
The School Enterprise Challenge is a global start-up awards programme for schools, with up to $50,000 (£40,100) in prizes available for the most entrepreneurial schools, teachers and students.
The free programme guides and supports teachers and students to plan and set up real, sustainable businesses.
Students get the chance to gain hands-on experience of running a business and generate real profits to help support their school.
Liberman and Leeves will use their prize money to develop their lingerie brand Lara Intimates.
The partners are hoping to launch their business in September, offering a complete underwear wardrobe that rivals high street styles.
The sustainable business uses industry off-cuts – unused or dyed by large factories in the UK – to make its garments.