Student start-ups are viable ventures at the University of Chester Business School.

Posted on 20th December 2016

Entrepreneurs at the University of Chester have received the green light to go ahead with their start-up ideas by local business leaders.

Second year entrepreneurs at the University of Chester Business School with the judging panel in the front row.
Second year entrepreneurs at the University of Chester Business School with the judging panel in the front row.

Getting hands on experience of setting up a new business is all part of the real life nature of the course for second year entrepreneurship students and they recently showcased their ideas to a panel of experts at the University’s Business School.

They had to be pitch perfect, with all their financial forecasts in place to be judged as viable ventures by the panel, who included Rebecca Sanderson from Manchester Airport Group, Andrew Firr, UK Start-Up Manager at Young Enterprise and Tony Grimshaw the regional director of UKTI.

The Chair of the Panel, Tony Grimshaw CBE from UKTI, based at Daresbury Innovation Park was impressed by all the students’ businesses ideas and commented that they all had ‘legs’.  He said: “I had a tremendous time, thank you for the opportunity to be involved.  Who said thought, effort, enthusiasm and innovation are a thing of the past as far as our universities are concerned? Chester proved whoever it was very wrong today.”

Connie Hancock the Head of Department for Business and Finance at the University, said: “All of the second year Business Management and Entrepreneurship students have worked extremely hard in the setting up of their businesses. They are a credit to their course and the Faculty is proud to support the development of such high quality student start-ups.

"Learning to initiate and build a business can't be done through lecture alone - you need to be action orientated. All second year entrepreneurship students start up their own new business venture as part of the programme. A schedule of workshops, masterclasses, support and advice sessions provides the students with the skills, knowledge and capacity to transform their ideas into real business opportunities. Pitching is a way of feasibility testing in the early stages of start-up and I am so grateful to our panel of experts for supporting our student entrepreneurs through this activity."

The students’ ideas were for an array of new products, including reflective clothing, personalised photo frames, baby carriers and a new app. Ben Summers who is a second year on the course and took part in the pitches said: "The support I've had on my entrepreneurship course and all of the connections I've made taking part in sessions like this has been so valuable to me. It has given me so much confidence to set up and run a business."

Hannah Kennedy-Haynes, who also took part in pitching, said: "Aside from all that we've learnt from pitching ideas, we've had such a brilliant time working as part of a business team. With a tutor who constantly motivates and supports us and having business people in to offer their feedback helps us to have confidence in our business."