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University of Huddersfield: Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards

Entrepreneurs from 16 start-up businesses received the award on the day from HRH The Duke of York.

This is the fifth year in which The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards ceremony has taken place at the University of Huddersfield, where His Royal Highness is Chancellor. In attendance were entrepreneurial students from 16 universities in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Durham and Northumbria. The businesses launched by the students included a design agency, a software developer, a video production company, a manufacturer of ladder safety equipment, an eco-friendly fashion label and the inventor of smart technology that ensures that people stave off dehydration. The picture above shows His Royal Highness presenting the Young Entrepreneur Award to Stacey Powers and Nic Flatt of Fifth Planet Productions CIC from the University of Huddersfield. Read the full story here.

 

University of Manchester: Manchester Enterprise School 2017

Manchester Enterprise School will run for the 9th successive year from 4-8th July in the Lake District with 40 places for postgraduates due to increased demand. The activity, which is aimed at postgraduates who are interested in entrepreneurship but may not have an idea yet, is very practical and involves the students creating a business idea in response to opportunities and problems in the Lake District. Based in the centre of Bowness this year, students will need to interview local people and businesses in person to validate their ideas before pitching to the panel for prizes on the last day. More details here.

 

University of Southampton: Enactus team crowned national champions

Enactus Southampton won the UK competition after showcasing two of their inspirational social enterprises. The first, Sole Support, trains vulnerable individuals within Kenyan communities to create shoes out of waste tyres and tackles three main issues: protection against infections and parasites, lack of affordable footwear and accumulating stock piles of waste tyres. The second, Juamaji, uses heat from the sun to purify dirty water whilst sustainably farming tilapia fish, providing both cleaner water and a staple food source to the communities they work in. Enactus Southampton will now go on to represent the UK in the Enactus World Cup in London later this year. More details here.

 

LJMU: University of the Year at Educate North awards

Liverpool John Moores University won “University of the year“ at the Educate North awards in Manchester on 5th may. The judges felt that the university deserved this accolade due to the EEC awards the Centre for Entrepreneurship won in Europe in November 2016 and the “outstanding Global program “ award given to the Centre for its work with Enterprise Educators by the United States Association of Small business and Entrepreneurship in January 2017. The work of the university in creating “Sensor City” a major technology entrepreneurship centre in Liverpool was also highlighted. Read the full story here.

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