Chester students shine in Young Enterprise competition.

Posted on 5th February 2013

Students from the University of Chester have been exercising their entrepreneurial skills to great effect and will now compete against other student finalists from the region.

L to R: Lauren Fei; Gemma Skidmore; William Mason; Jessica Harrison; Jack Brand; Luke Atwell and Chris Wang.
L to R: Lauren Fei; Gemma Skidmore; William Mason; Jessica Harrison; Jack Brand; Luke Atwell and Chris Wang.
I am so pleased and proud of all the students, who developed high quality ideas for their module assessment and competition entry.
Connie Hancock

The students, who are all on the Business Management and Entrepreneurship Programme have been selected to represent the University at the North West final of the Young Enterprise - Student Start-Up competition taking place at Liverpool John Moores University on February 20.

Overall 16 student companies, including two from Chester, were selected from 82 who took part. They will compete for a host of awards and the chance to represent the North West at the UK final in London. 

The Chester students will pit their entrepreneurial skills against student teams from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University, Edge Hill University, Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire, Bangor University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford, University of Central Lancashire and others.

The two University of Chester businesses featured are The Dynamic Wall Art Company, led by Managing Director Jack Brand whose team came up with the idea of ‘Wall Art’ and an Online Stationery Comparison Site led by Managing Directors Jeska Harrison and Jessica Williams.

Jack Brand was keen to emphasise the effort that his company had put into the task.He said: “We have put in a lot of hard work, time and energy to make this happen and it has really paid off. It’s been an exciting and rewarding time for all of the students on this course.”

Both businesses were selected on the basis of the quality of their business idea and plan, the persuasiveness of their group pitch and the viral clip that was produced to ‘sell’ their product/service. A panel of business professionals interrogated the student Managing Directors of each business venture and made the competition finalist selections on behalf of the Young Enterprise competition.  

Connie Hancock, Head of the Business, Management and Entrepreneurship programme at the University of Chester, said: “I am so pleased and proud of all the students, who developed high quality ideas for their module assessment and competition entry. . They are to be commended for their creativity and commitment. The two business ideas selected have produced outstanding results in a short space of time It is these very students who will go on to make their mark on the business environment and generate wealth for the region.”