Entrepreneurial Aston students set to represent UK in European Championships

3 May 2007 – for immediate release

A group of Aston Business students are to represent the UK Higher Education Sector in Warsaw in the European ‘Championships’ Competition in October 2007.

The students will be showcasing their work they have completed for student society SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise), after coming runners up at SIFE UK’s national competition recently held in Canary Wharf, London.

Each year SIFE UK holds a national competition to identify which teams
have made the largest social and entrepreneurial contribution through
their volunteering. In the last academic year Aston SIFE grew from three to 314 undergraduate members. It also became involved in 13 local projects which are estimated as impacting on the lives of over 300,000 local people.

Even though Aston was the smallest University in the competition, it had the largest number of volunteers. As result of their efforts, Aston SIFE won through to the final stage of the UK competition against 16 other equally outstanding teams.

Aston SIFE came first in their ‘league’ in the first round of the national competition (knocking out Sheffield, Cambridge and Lancaster Universities in the process). Aston then competed against the winners of the three other leagues for the title of SIFE UK winner 2007.

‘The performance of the seven Aston SIFE team members was outstanding. They undoubtedly represented the best of Aston, acting both professionally and ethically whilst showing a depth of understanding and high levels of competence in business and social enterprise,’ said Dr Jane Andrews, Aston University Research fellow and Academic Advisor to the students.

The 60 judges in the final round were all high powered business people, including Managing Directors from organisations such as ASDA, HSBC, and MAERSK.

‘I received excellent feedback from the judges, all of whom extolled the high levels of enterprise, entrepreneurialism and volunteerism shown by our students. The team came away from the event with two highly prized ‘crystal’ trophies,’ continued Jane.

The projects that the students were commended for ranged from teaching children in local schools to set up T-shirt selling businesses, to working in partnership with Birmingham City Council to empower the residents of Lozells and Handsworth by equipping them with the necessary business and entrepreneurial skills and abilities to set up a Street Community Market.


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