Entrepreneurial Barnet Competition

Author: Mary Rahman


Mill Hill resident, Marie Farmer has won the Entrepreneurial Barnet Competition. She received the prestigious award for creating a Mini Mealtimes phone app that helps mothers provide their children with nutritional meals.

The annual competition received a number of outstanding entries and is open to students at Middlesex University London, Barnet & Southgate College, recent Middlesex alumni, and Barnet residents with a new business idea or social enterprise that is less than two year’s old.

The Entrepreneurial Barnet Competition is organised collaboratively by Middlesex University London, Barnet Council, Barnet and Southgate College and generously supported by Hammerson PLC, which hosted the final at its headquarters in King's Cross.

The Mini Mealtimes App allows parents with fussy-eating toddlers and new mums to wean their children onto solid food, and to gain a clear idea of how much nutrition their child is absorbing. Marie received £3,000 in prize money and will receive ongoing mentoring to grow and develop her business.

The 28-year-old, who came up with the business idea during her maternity leave, said: “ I’m so pleased to have won this award, as the prize money and ongoing mentoring will really help me develop my business idea further.

 “The support you receive throughout the process is wonderful. I would definitely encourage anyone with a business idea to enter the competition next year. It gives you an extra boost of confidence and will validate your idea.”

Chief Executive of Barnet Council, John Hooton, said: “Marie’s entry was a fantastic idea which will promote healthy meals for children across the borough.

“We are proud to be able to promote and recognise the entrepreneurial spirit of people in Barnet in this way”

The Mini Mealtimes app is due to be launched this summer and parents wishing for more information can visit Minimealtimes Website