Chester’s entrepreneurs shortlisted for national award

Posted on 23rd April 2013

Chester Enterprise Society (CES) has been shortlisted for the Enterprise Event of the Year at this year’s NACUE (National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs) Annual Society Awards Ceremony.

Left to right: Laura Doggett (CES VP), Michael Williams (CES VP), Will Mason (CES President) and Kirsty Badrock (Destination Rio Project Co-ordinator).
Left to right: Laura Doggett (CES VP), Michael Williams (CES VP), Will Mason (CES President) and Kirsty Badrock (Destination Rio Project Co-ordinator).
Destination Rio has provided a truly unique opportunity for students of the University of Chester and beyond and has proven to be a great success.
Will Mason

The occasion celebrates the achievements of enterprise societies and individuals across the NACUE network, acknowledging entrepreneurial efforts across the UK. Nominations were encouraged from societies that hosted a single event showcasing entrepreneurship which attracted an audience beyond the society members.

CES collaborated with the Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) to create, promote, coordinate and execute an original, innovative event at the University of Chester - Destination Rio 2013.

Chester Enterprise Society was formed in October 2011 by students studying on the Business Management and Entrepreneurship programme and aims to provide opportunities for students outside of formal and structured lectures. Once CES partnered with the RIC to deliver this initiative, Destination Rio became the main focus of the Society during the 2012/13 academic year.

Destination Rio was launched last summer to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs, with teams set the challenge of transforming an investment of £10 into enough profits to travel to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in the Brazilian city.

In addition to attending the GEC, the students presented their business ideas to delegates from around the world during an official GEC Fringe Event, visited the British Consulate, and networked with local entrepreneurs whilst embarking on a tour of ‘Entrepreneurial Rio’.

CES were involved with the event from its infancy - from contributing initial ideas to attending internal briefings with staff from across the University and briefings with supporters from across the business community - all to help shape the event.

CES launched Destination Rio at the University’s Freshers’ Fair and was instrumental in promoting the initiative to fellow students. CES marketed Destination Rio and engaged in many awareness raising activities, working alongside the Chester Students’ Union.

Following the launch of Destination Rio, CES continued to support the project by coordinating enterprise challenges, liaising with teams, supporting and providing guidance to participants and contributing towards the development of the Rio programme.

Will Mason, President of CES, said: “Destination Rio has provided a truly unique opportunity for students of the University of Chester and beyond and has proven to be a great success. The team at the RIC and us here at CES have created an innovative model, one which is unique to universities and other institutions across the UK.

“We hope the judges will acknowledge the impact the event has had locally to globally. To receive recognition for the hard work of all the individuals involved would be phenomenal.”