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Winning Ideas - at the University of Leicester

June 2003

£2,000 worth of prizes were awarded to short-listed entrants from the Colleges-University of Leicester Network who attended the Judging and Prize Giving Ceremony of the Business Ideas Competition 2003 at the University of Leicester.

The aim of the competition was to foster a ‘spirit of enterprise’ within the Colleges-University of Leicester Network (CULN) by encouraging students to think about the possibility of setting up their own business and helping them to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence often associated with entrepreneurs.

The Competition was organised by the Institute of Lifelong Learning and sponsored by the East Midlands Science Enterprise Network (emsen) and the Centre for Enterprise, Leicester. The Centre for Enterprise provided mentoring support, learning materials and access to the IDEAS-HOUSE website to the students who registered for the Competition.
[Photo: Professor Benyon with Neeraj Kachhwaha]
WISE TO BUSINESS: First prize winner Neeraj Kachhwaha (right), pictured with Professor John Beynon, Director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning.

Two panels of judges from the University of Leicester and the Centre for Enterprise awarded prizes to the winners and runners up in two categories, undergraduates of the University of Leicester and 16+ college students from the Network.

In the Undergraduate Category, the £500 First Prize was awarded to Neeraj Kachhwaha who is studying engineering (electronics and software) for his business idea, Money Wise. The £250 Second Prize was awarded to John Hopper a law student for his idea, Academy Disciplines. In the Colleges Category the £500 First Prize went to Paul Woodfield from Brooksby Melton College for his idea, The Arti-fish-ial fish, and the £250 Second Prize went to Tim Shimwell from Rutland College for his idea, Meadow House Driving Range. All the short-listed students who attended the event and gave presentations received a book token valued at £25.00.

Professor John Benyon, Director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning, who presented the prizes, said that the standard of entries had been very high and all the students had excelled themselves in their presentations to the judges. He added, "this is an excellent example of the way the University of Leicester is now moving forward in developing an enterprise spirit within the Network". Anne Newman, Enterprise Manager, said that, "We wish to congratulate all the teachers and students who took part in making this, the first enterprise competition held by the University of Leicester, a great success."

The Institute will be tracking the progress of all the prize winners over the next few months, and has also offered continuing support to all the students with their ideas.

For more information about SEC and enterprise learning opportunities, contact Anne Newman, Enterprise Manager, Institute of Lifelong Learning, telephone 0116 252 5926, email, website


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