Press release issued 20 February 2013
Creating pop-up farms around Bristol and establishing a student-run lettings agency are just two of the innovative entries which have been shortlisted to win a share of £35,000 in a competition run by the University of Bristol.
Students, staff and recent graduates are competing not just for the money to advance their ideas but also the free advice and managed office space up for grabs at the Bristol SETsquared Centre, which will help bring the winning ideas to the marketplace.
The shortlisted entries are:
The finalists now go through to submit a 20-page business plan and give a presentation pitch to the judges again on 19 June before the result is announced at the University’s Enterprise Dinner on 25 June.
Dave Jarman, Head of Enterprise Education at the University of Bristol, said: “To receive 75 entries for the NEC this year was unprecedented. They were all of a really high standard, which made it tough for the judges to select a shortlist of just 10.
“We’re excited to read the final business plans to see whether these brilliant ideas have the scope to become reality. The opportunity to get professional advice, feedback, and mentoring is valuable to all those who take part, arguably more so than the prizes. Even those who don’t go on to win gain a lot from simply being involved in the competition.”
Sponsors of this year’s NEC are: Deloitte, EADS, IP Group, Marketest, Motorola Solutions UK, Santander, SETsquared, Veale Wasbrough Vizards and Wyvern Seed Fund.
They were all of a really high standard, which made it tough for the judges to select a shortlist of just 10. We’re excited to read the final business plans to see whether these brilliant ideas have the scope to become reality.