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University students from across the country go head to head in Young Enterprise Start-Up final

Budding young entrepreneurs from across the UK will be putting their business heads on to compete in the Young Enterprise Start-Up Awards supported by Santander on Wednesday 15th May.

Ten teams from eight universities will be vying to take home the top prize of ‘Santander Start Up Award for Best Overall Company, at the event in the iconic CanaryWharf tower.

Universities taking part this year include Kingston University, University of Bangor and Sunderland University.

Roy Howard, Young Enterprise Regional Director South, said: “The standard of the Start-Up companies this year has been very high, and the teams in tomorrow’s final have really impressed us all.

These students have worked extremely hard for the academic year alongside their university studies to build their businesses, and we hope they have gained a lot from their experience.”

Products and services in this year’s final include real ale brewed by university-based brewers and marketed for younger drinkers in their early 20s, art and design services including architectural design, a software business and leather key chains with magnets to stop keys going missing.

Young Enterprise’s Start-Up programme, supported by Santander, gives students in higher education the chance to create their own company while still pursuing their studies.

Run over an academic year, undergraduates plan, create and run their own company with business advisers guiding them along the way.

Many graduate from university with a business to build their careers on. This year over 2,000 students from more than 360 companies have taken part in the programme.

Young Enterprise CEO Michael Mercieca said: “Students on the Start-Up Programme leave university a step ahead of their peers when looking for jobs. Many will leave with their own business already set up.

“The success of this programme wouldn’t have been so high without Santander’s support and that of our business volunteers, for which we are very grateful.”

The companies taking part are:

Kingston University; Company 42

University of Surrey; 4C

Liverpool John Moores University; The Teabox Company

University of Central Lancashire; Motionbird Media

University of Bangor; University of Ales

Sunderland University; Tech Crunch

Newcastle University; Solo

Kingston University; Ferox

University of Surrey; Brolliant

Arts University of Bournemouth; The Egg Den