Students bank on success with enterprising ideas

Students showed off their entrepreneurial skills recently when they took part in a competition to promote enterprise at the University of Wolverhampton.

The Santander Pitch is supported by banking partner, Santander Universities, to help promote creativity and business ideas amongst the student and graduate population during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Ten students from across all faculties, including the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing took part in the competition.  Students gave a five minute pitch to a panel for a business or creative enterprise idea followed by five minutes of questions.

Ideas for businesses ranged from web development, elite sports recruitment through to offering marketing consultancy services. International Business Management degree student, Patrycja Kalkowska, took the top prize of £100 Amazon vouchers, for her organic cosmetics business idea.

Patrycja said:  “The University encourages students to think creatively about their career path and this was an ideal opportunity to get some experience on pitching ideas and getting feedback and advice on setting up a business.

“I got some really good feedback on my pitch which has really got me thinking about starting my own business in the future – and I will get the chance to use what I’ve learned on my degree to promote my venture when the time comes.”

Four runners-up received a £50 Amazon gift voucher for pitching their ideas.

Phil Law, Enterprise Action Project Manager at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “It was a fantastic day of business pitches and it’s great to see the ‘can do’ entrepreneurial spirit is alive in Wolverhampton.

“It’s great that so many students took advantage of this opportunity provided by Santander and we had some amazing pitches and listened to some fantastic ideas.  All students were given feedback on the day and we’re sure they will develop their individual ideas further.”

For more about the Santander Partnership, check out the website.

The runners-up were George O’Garra, studying Business Management, Natasha Gordon, studying Computing, Nathaniel Keay, studying Sport Policy, Business & Management and Grant Mace, studying Business Marketing Management.

Picture caption from left to right; George, Patrycja, Lucy Webb from Santander, Natasha and Grant.

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Date Issued: 1st December 2016

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