Enterprise Festival finale 2014
Date: 6th Apr 2016
Bucks New University Enterprise Festival has come to a close with the finals of the 'Start Up Live' Business Concept Competition, which wrapped up what is thought to be the Festival's most successful year yet.
The Enterprise Festival is organised by Enterprise Bucks Now and takes place annually at the University during November. It comprises an exciting range of free events, activities and competitions, all designed to encourage enterprise and entrepreneurship amongst students and graduates of the University.
There were three winners of the 'Start Up Live' competition, which was open to current and past Bucks students to enter and required them to present a one-minute video pitch on a business idea. Each winner was awarded a prize of £1,000 during an awards evening in the Old Boardroom at the High Wycombe Campus and will receive ongoing business support for their ventures.
The winners were:
Tinashe Manidmika, founder of Peel Good, a street food vendor specialising in banana-based healthy meals and snacks such as banana sandwiches, smoothies, and pancakes;
Naomi Tuffrey, founder of Tuff Love, a company specialising in designing and selling silk scarves and other luxury accessories;
Catherine Vining, former Bucks cheerleader and founder of social enterprise, the Cambridge Cheer Academy, which is a brand new squad of cheerleaders in Cambridge which came about following Catherine's recognition of the gap in the market in her home town.The 2014 Enterprise Festival provided something for everyone and highlights included the Festival launch hosted by presenter and singer Eve-Yasmine, who spoke to The Apprentice contestant Alex Mills about his time on the show in 2013. The launch was also attended by special guest Sir Stuart Hampson, former John Lewis Partnership Chairman and current Chairman of Her Majesty The Queen's Crown Estate.
The Festival featured the 'Reach for Success Women's Conference', with speeches by motivational speaker Debbie Huxton and international coach and author Jenny Garrett. Meanwhile the 'Bucks Think Big Conference' treated guests to hearing about the business insights of Alex Mills and Dragon's Den star Rachel Elnaugh as they spoke about their experiences.
Elsewhere during the Festival there were inspirational speeches from other successful entrepreneurs, and networking sessions to connect budding entrepreneurs with potential collaborators, mentors and investors. All of the Festival events and competitions were well-attended with hundreds taking part.
Student Enterprise Development and Events Consultant, Lydiah Igweh, who organised the Festival, said: "The 'Start Up Live' Business Concept Competition could not have been a better event on which to end the Enterprise Festival because it truly demonstrated how enterprising Bucks students and graduates are. The level of confidence, initiative and innovation showcased on the finals night was impressive and I am very proud of all of the candidates who took part.
"Most importantly I'm extremely pleased with how this year's Festival has gone and we certainly have many great tales to tell of opportunities which have come about as by-products of the Festival activities. Thank you to the Enterprise team, and to the hardworking and professional students who supported us as Enterprise champions and helped to make the Festival such a great success.
Lydiah concluded: "Enterprise, however, does not stop with the Festival; the Enterprise Bucks team are here on an ongoing basis to help students and graduates make their ideas happen, so please get in touch if we can help in any way."
BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management student, Becci Hailey, an Enterprise Champion, added: "The Enterprise Festival is such an inspiring initiative to be involved with. Seeing so many students, some of them my close friends, developing their business ideas and being so enthused by the motivational speakers that come in really sends a ripple affect across the entire student body."
Visit enterprisebucks.co.uk for more information.
Picture caption 1: The finalists and judges in the 'Start Up Live' Business Concept Competition.
Picture caption 2: Winners Tinashe Manidmika and Naomi Tuffery with their cheques.
Picture caption 3: Winner Catherine Vining receiving her winner's cheque from Ian Plover, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Bucks New University.