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International student cuts her cloth to suit by winning enterprise award

Graduating student on stage accepting her Lord Paul Enterprise Award

The University of Wolverhampton’s International Partnerships team offered all Transnational Education (TNE) students studying with overseas partners the opportunity to bid for an innovative enterprise award – and a student from Nepal really cut her cloth to suit! 

The business-focused award which supports student entrepreneurial initiatives is part of a charitable gift donated to the University by its Chancellor, Lord Swraj Paul via the Ambika Paul Foundation.    

The Lord Paul Enterprise Award supports early-stage business ideas and includes three hours of business consultancy to help them take the next step with their business idea. Students applied for this award by submitting an initial business plan and successful students then moved through two rounds of presentations, to presenting their ideas to a University panel before the successful applicant was selected. 

The first winner of this initiative was Mansi Thakur, a student from Herald College in Nepal studying for a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree. She set up a business called Meera Modernity, inspired by her mother. 

During the online pitches, Mansi’s passion and knowledge of her target market impressed the panel.  She said: “The aim of my company is to globalise the idea of mixing old school fashion and new trends through denim patchworks. I aim to establish a new global trend with denim combined with patchwork, painting on denim and growing the brand to an international scale. Also, Meera is my mother’s name and she inspired me the most, so I want the world to know her name in a fashionable way!” 

Jo Fuller, Senior International Partnerships Manager, at the University, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to create an award that is specifically for our partner students. It is so important to encourage and nurture talents across the globe. We wish Mansi lots of luck and will be staying in touch with her once she graduates in 2024. 

“The Partnerships Team and the Global Opportunities Office would like to congratulate Mansi on her achievements and wish her all the success with her new company and her studies. 

“The International Partnerships Team has secured funding to run this initiative up until 2025. We look forward to supporting our students, across the world, in developing their businesses and using the skills and knowledge they have gained through studying at the University of Wolverhampton.” 

Mansi is pictured receiving her award from Tracy McCoy, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, at a recent graduation ceremony held at Herald College.   

The University’s Global Opportunities Office is the first point of contact for International and Transnational Education students going through the application process to becoming a student.      

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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