Enterprise news from EEUK members

Written by Kate Beresford


University of Huddersfield: Entrepreneurial student wins £15,000

A talented student supported by the Enterprise Team at the University of Huddersfield has been identified as a potential business success story of tomorrow. Kierhardy Ansell of Skate It Yourself, was judged as one of the top four students in the ninth Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2019. The prestigious University business pitching competition has grown to become established as one of the UK’s largest, and recognition in the awards is highly prized by budding entrepreneurs. Kierhardy will receive a runner-up prize of £15,000 worth of seed funding towards his innovative business, a fully funded intern and additional business support and mentoring.


University of Nottingham: Enactus World Cup

In September 2019, students from the University of Nottingham represented the UK at the Enactus World Cup  in Silicon Valley – coming in the Top 16 globally. Enactus is dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Enactus Nottingham showcased three of their inspirational social enterprises – Foodprint, a social supermarket, CodeX, providing coding classes to neurodiverse students and SANkofa SANitation which aims to improve living conditions in Ghana.  “I’m really proud of our Enactus Nottingham team who so brilliantly represented both our University and the UK at the World Cup event,” said Professor David Park, Nottingham University Business School. “Their compelling presentation showed how Enactus Nottingham is helping address UN Sustainable Development Goals within our community.”


Royal Agricultural University: Enterprise learning provider of the year

The Royal Agricultural University won Enterprising Learning Provider of the Year at the recent SFEDI / IOEE Celebrating Enterprise Awards. Key figures from the small business, enterprise and skills sector in the UK, including EEUK Chair Gareth Trainer, gathered at the House of Lords to celebrate the very best in enterprise learning and skills. The honour was given in recognition of the University’s commitment to ensuring enterprise and entrepreneurship is woven into all aspects and areas of the University. Katy Duke, Head of Enterprise, was also runner-up in the ‘Intrapreneur of the Year’ category, in recognition of her work to embed entrepreneurship throughout the University. Read the full story here.