19 April 2013
An Aston University graduate, who has established three successful start-up companies, reached the finals of the 2013 Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Future Face of Business Award.
Mike Bandar was one of five individuals to be shortlisted for the Award, which recognises ambitious individuals in the region who are in the early stages of their career and are likely to become our future business leaders.
The former Aston Business School student has founded three different profitable companies, all based in the West Midlands. The most recent, Probox, based at Birmingham Science Park Aston, supplies high quality fitness supplements by subscription. Mike’s two other companies include; My Health Cards, which provides free online information resources catering for over 50 allergies and intolerances and Trigger Experiences which provides paintball day trips.
The Management and Strategy graduate has also been a regular media contributor on entrepreneurship advice and skills with his interviews including; The Metro, Sky News, BBC news and The Telegraph.
Mike said: “It is an honour to have been shortlisted by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. Aston University helped me to develop the technical, professional and transferable skills I needed to start my various ventures and their on-going support has proved to be invaluable. I’ve always been keen to promote the Birmingham enterprise ecosystem and work with others to help realise their entrepreneurial potential and set up their own business. The Chamber's recognition of this motivates me to continue this work and hopefully encourages others to follow a similar route to achieve their business goals.”
Since graduating in 2011, Mike has been involved in the innovative BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) scheme led by Aston. BSEEN offers students and graduates a great package of intensive start-up support for new ventures and is based at Birmingham Science Park Aston. Successful participants benefit from a variety of workshops, networking opportunities and tailored mentoring. BSEEN, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is a collaborative initiative between Aston University, University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.
The awards were announced at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group Business Annual Dinner at the ICC on 18 April 2013. The winner of the Future Face of Business Award was Mike Tresham of BHSF.
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