Entrepreneurial students at Bath Spa University have been pitching their business ideas in a Dragon’s Den style competition in the hope of winning up to £1,500 in prize money.
Forming part of a programme of activities to develop the culture of enterprise at the university, the Business & Enterprise Competition is now in its fifth year and students have had access to a range of workshops on business start-up and enterprise to help them with their pitches.
From the 39 entries received from across the university, four finalists were selected in each category – Enterprise Idea and Business Start-up. The finalists presented their ideas to a panel of judges comprising university staff and industry representatives for full rigour and impartiality.
Each finalist gave a 10 minute presentation on their start-up or enterprise idea, after which they were thoroughly grilled in a 20 minute question and answer session.
The overall winner of the Business Start-up category was a BA Creative Media Practice student with Appeal Software Ltd. This is a digital publishing and content distribution service, offering cost effective, worldwide distribution of content on tablet devices and smartphones without compromising on quality.
A group of BA Business & Management students won the Enterprise Idea category with their pitch for Business QaRds, linking QR codes to an online professional profile to transform the traditional business card into an interactive networking tool.
Susan Cherrett, Bath Spa’s Enterprise & Employer Liaison Manager, said: “We were incredibly impressed with the range and originality of the ideas our students came up with and the judges had a tough job in deciding one overall winner in each category. We have some amazing talent here and we look forward to watching how these students get on in the future – we’re confident they all have exciting careers ahead of them!”
The winners received their awards from the university’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Christina Slade at a special ceremony.