The Student Enterprise Awards were a wonderful way to celebrate all the success of this year’s students. The event began with a drinks reception in the back of Room 1 where guests could mingle and competitors from this year’s Launch it! Business ideas competition could showcase their ideas. Soon after, guests entered a transformed Room 1, which had been turned into a top-secret spy head quarters.
After the classic British, dish of Fish and Chips and chocolate cake, the audience turned to the stage to find out this year’s runners up and winners of the Launch it! Business Ideas competition. Having run for over 15 years the Business Idea competition always holds a lot of anticipation. Finalists have been working tirelessly all year to ensure their business plan and even prototypes impress the judges. This year’s runners up were two companies once called Tuice and another called Doopla.
However, it was Robert Patterson with his business called Halo that stole the show.
Next, the evening moved onto the 6 Student Enterprise Awards which celebrate the outstanding success of our students and supporting staff members. Each year the enterprise section is reaching out to more students and in turn receiving more nominations and worthy candidates. This year is was particular hard to always find one winner for each award, and for the Most Entrepreneurial Undergraduate Award, a highly commended position was given. Below is a list of the extraordinary winners of this year’s Student Enterprise Awards.
Enterprising Star of the Year: Will Davies
Most Entrepreneurial Undergraduate, Highly commended: Lee Quinn
Most Entrepreneurial Undergraduate: Jake Brown
Most Entrepreneurial Postgrad: Harriet Eastham
Most Enterprising Hall Committee: John Philips
Most Enterprising Team or Group: Enactus
Most Inspiring Entrepreneur: Montez Blair
To end the evening there was one final thank you we had to make. The vision behind the Enterprise Hub and the whole concept of Student Enterprise being run by a Union has come to life due to a particular individual. Whether it is searching for funding, finding the right support staff to deliver the help or being a strong manager to oversee the whole process of starting an enterprise section, Ally Mcdonal has created a thriving entity. Recently Ally moved to Loughborough University and she will be dearly missed within the Union. It was only fitting that we gave her a big thank you for all her hard work and persistence over the year