Barnsley teenager Eve Lodge is one of seven ‘aspiring entrepreneurs’ shortlisted for the inaugural Making Business Happen Awards.
Eve, 16, is travelling down to South Wales on Thursday afternoon, and the following day will pitch her ‘Barmy’ bunting business to a number of judges.
Organised by The University of South Wales, the Making Business Happen Awards were set up to recognise graduates of UK universities who have gone on to start their own successful and growing businesses using the skills and knowledge gained whilst studying.
The four categories of the Making Business Happen Awards are:
- Graduate Start-Up Award (open to UK businesses that have been in operation for less than three years).
- SME Business Growth Award (open to medium-sized businesses, founded by UK graduates, that have been in operation for a minimum of three years).
- Aspiring Entrepreneurs Award (open to school and college students across the UK).
- USW Entrepreneurs Challenge (open to current University of South Wales students or students of partner colleges).
Budding Barnsley star Eve (pictured below), who is in her first year of A level study at Shelley College, near Huddersfield, entered the Aspiring Entrepreneurs category and on Monday received the news that she had made the ‘magnificent seven’ shortlist.
Said Eve: “I’m thrilled and really looking forward to going to the University of South Wales to tell my ‘Barmy’ tale.
“I believe passionately in my business and hopefully that passion, determination together with a solid business plan will impress the judges.”
Award winners in the Aspiring Entrepreneurs section will receive a cash prize (shared evenly between the individual or team members of the winning entries and their school or college), of: £10,000 (Winner), £3,000 (Second Prize), £2,000 (Third Prize).
Plus, the award winner will get a comprehensive business support and mentoring package for one year including:
A dedicated business mentor from the South Wales Business School
Legal advice (IP) from Legal Clinic Team
Finance advice from category sponsor
Enterprise/Business workshop for School/College
After their pitch, Business winners will have to wait until the Making Business Happen Awards celebration event on Thursday, 16 April before they find out whether they have won one of the top prizes.
The 2015 judging panel includes several leading University of South Wales academics together with representatives from NatWest, Santander, business publisher freshbusinessthinking.com, training and development specialist Awbery Management Centre, The Creative Thinking Company and marketing and social media consultancy Fresh Content.
Speaking after the first round of judging, University of South Wales graduate, founder of job seekers’ website Careercake.com and official Making Business Happen Awards ambassador, Aimee Bateman, said;
“We have received such a great response to the very first Making Business Happen Awards and the judges have faced an incredibly difficult task just to select a shortlist, let alone choose the winners.
“We have seen so many examples of successful businesses from across the UK and each of them have an inspirational story behind them. It is also great to see teams from different schools and colleges that are already demonstrating that they have the ingredients and the drive to take a good idea and turn it into a successful business.”
To find out more and to view the full list of shortlisted entries, go to: http://www.uswbusinessawards.co.uk/news/2015-shortlist-revealed-for-making-business-happen-awards