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Start-up funding rewarded to Chester students

Published: Wednesday, 24 August 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Entrepreneurial graduates from the University of Chester have received funding from Santander Universities UK, in order to set up their own businesses.

The accelerate project is part of the University’s Venture Programme, which sets out to support budding entrepreneurs.

Graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to start up and develop their entrepreneurial capacity under three themes.

Venture provides students with the chance to create a business idea and work with business professionals to ‘accelerate’ its development into reality.

The winning entrepreneurs

The event encouraged those applying to submit a 500-word business summary in advance and to create a 60 seconds video pitch, with selected candidates then invited to bid for start-up funding as well as many business support prizes.

The Judges – which included John Farrell of Ellis & Co.; Emma Woollard from The Language Guys; Jill Reece from Santander and Dr Kate Daubney from Careers and Employability – selected five businesses to receive cash funding, courtesy of Santander.

Winners include Eli Mitchell who was awarded £1,200 for his business ‘LoveChester’, which will create a portfolio of discounts for students specifically within local and independent businesses.

Computer science student Andrew Butler, who created ‘ELiPTech 360', a web agency specialising in 360 degree virtual tours, receieved £1,200.

Fellow computer science student James Duckett, who came up with the ‘Memmori’ app, which allows users the opportunity to build their own digital legacy by memorising personal journal entries, photos, videos and links to existing social media content, was awarded £600.

Recognising the initiative

The initiative, which has been shortlisted this year for the Entrepreneurship Award at the AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) Awards for Excellence, was launched at the end of 2015 and offered 16 weekly workshops over the duration of the academic year.

The programme has been recognised due to its entrepreneurial approach to education, and how it considers new venture creation and self-employment as valid graduate career paths.

This is particularly important in the University of Chester context, where many students choose courses which naturally lend themselves to this career path.

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