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Budding entrepreneurs from nine schools in Young Enterprise Start-Up Final

Some of the country’s top young entrepreneurs batted to be named Best Overall Company at the Young Enterprise Start Up UK Final on the 13th May at the Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester Airport.

YE Start Up Awards 2015 Manchester Final (171)

Nine teams from nine FE colleges and universities were judged on aspects including their trade stand, a 12-minute interview, a 60-second pitch to guests and their  investment proposal.

Speaking at the event on Wednesday was entrepreneur Jacob Hill who, through the Young Enterprise Start-Up Programme, set up his own business, The Lazy Camper, which offers a camping kit delivery service.

On the night, the awards were presented by Jon Rossiter, Parts Operations Manager, Hyundai Motors UK; Karen Lothian, HR Manager, Hyundai Motors UK; Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive, Young Enterprise; Simon Thompson, Product and Market Development Senior Manager at Visa Europe; Danny Waine, Co-Founder, Perfect Weddings Abroad and Megan Fenney, HRBP, Manchester Airport Group.

  • Best Overall Company: Detour, Kingston University
  • Best Investment Proposal: Easy Teasy, Northumbria University
  • Best Trade Stand: Easy Teasy, Northumbria University
  • Best Presentation: Tea Guice, Loughborough College
  • UK Hyundai Brilliant Young Entrepreneur Award: Bebra Sportswear, Kingston University
  • The Student Leadership Award supported by Manchester Airports Group: Irene Canuti from DeTour, Kingston University

The winner of The Start-Up Award for Best Overall Company was supported by the Anjool Malde Memorial trust, the winning company will be invited to represent the UK at the Start-Up European Final in Lisbon, Portugal, 1st-4th July and receives £1000 prize money.

The winner of the UK Hyundai Brilliant Young Entrepreneur Award will receive €15,000 and further mentoring support to develop their product and bring it to market over the course of the coming year.

Detour, Best Overall Company said: “We’ve got a  busy few months ahead. We are traveling to Italy to talk with our new manufacturer. We are meeting a new designer, not to mention the European student enterprise challenge in Lisbon. We are completely committed to our business and this is just the beginning, it’s all thanks to Young Enterprise. It really gave us the opportunity to get ourselves out there and prove ourselves.”

BeeBra, winner of the Hyundai Brilliant Young Entrepreneur Award said: “We’re speechless and completely overwhelmed but it’s fantastic to feel like all our hard work has paid off. We are really looking forward to working with the mentors from Hyundai and can’t wait for what the future will hold for us.”

Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise Chief Executive, said:

“These students have worked incredibly hard all year, and the Young Enterprise Start-up UK Final is always a fantastic opportunity to showcase the products and services that they have produced or sourced, while demonstrating the skills they have developed along the way.

“Setting up and running their own companies while in college or university gives young people valuable real-life experience and exposes them to the challenges of making business decisions.

“This year we have seen some incredible businesses set up by young people all across the country. I would like to congratulate all the teams who took part on Wednesday evening and I wish them the best of luck as they take their mini-businesses beyond the Start-Up programme.”

Hems De Winter, Chief Executive, dewinter and Young Enterprise business adviser said: “It was a privilege to be amongst young people with such passion for making a success of their business ideas. These young entrepreneurs and others like them will be the lifeblood of a successful economy and it is a tribute to the Young Enterprise organisation, working with schools and universities across the UK, that they enable so many young people to have that vital experience of real-life business.”

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Read the full Start Up Finals 2015 Press Release