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Budding entrepreneurs compete business challenge at Aston

Business Challenge
Picture courtesy of Romana Love Photography

21 March 2014

Budding entrepreneurs from across the West Midlands took part in the regional finals of a prestigious business competition hosted by Aston University.  

Hundreds of students from schools throughout the region competed in the Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge. Supported by local business mentors, they learnt to establish and run their own company, with the five highest scoring teams progressing to the final. 

A team of Harborne Academy pupils were eventually crowned winners at the event, which took place on Aston’s campus and was presided over by Dr Shehzad Naroo. Their proposed business, MakeX, was to act as a social media platform to help students of their school arrange work experience with businesses in their community. 

They will now participate in the high profile national Grand Final event to compete for a £2,500 cash prize for their school and a £500 seed fund to start their business idea. 

We are proud to have hosted the Apax-Mosaic Enterepise Challenge and I am sure this is not the last we have heard of the students who competed in it

Dr Naroo, a Senior Optometry Lecturer, said: “It has been fantastic to be involved with such a worthy competition. Entrepreneurship, in all its forms, is something we place a distinct focus on at Aston, with many of our graduates going on to start businesses of their own. We are proud to have hosted the Apax-Mosaic Enterepise Challenge and I am sure this is not the last we have heard of the students who competed in it.” 

The Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is the flagship programme of Mosaic, a scheme founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007. It aims to raise the aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through exposure to mentoring and positive role models. 

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For further media information, please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk