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Santander Entrepreneurship Awards Aston 2017

Gluten free food and eyeware brand to represent University 

Two graduates have been awarded £500 each after being selected to represent Aston University in the national Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. To enter the competition applicants had to submit a business model canvas and a two minute video pitch. First class BSc (Hons) International Business & Economics graduate Reena Salhan, set up Green Sisters with her sister Geeta with support from the BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) programme last September. She was selected to represent Aston University in the Pre-revenue category



Apprentice Challenge 2017

National Apprentice Challenge returns to Aston University 

The National Apprentice Challenge took place for the fifth year at Aston University this month. It was an intense weekend for the students and Newcastle University were crowned the winner. They received £1,000 prize and six months mentorship from the co-founders Simona Popa and Sep Eslahi, serial entrepreneurs and mentors of the Queen Young Leaders Programme. 

Aston Enterprise Competition winner 2017

Optical device wins Aston Enterprise Competition 

The annual Aston University Enterprise Competition was held on Thursday 16 March. The competition culminated in a dragon’s den style final in which the winner, Life and Health Science student, Rashida Makda, impressed the judges with her optical fixation sticks for children and was awarded the first prize of £500 from EY. She was also crowned the audience favourite using the Vox Vote app and received two free tickets to Enterprise Nation’s ‘Meet the Journalist’ event taking place at Aston University on the 18th July.  

Carolyn Keenan and UniHack finalists

Aston University Students take part in UniHack challenge 

UniHack, an organisation that runs hackathons on university campuses up and down the country, came to Aston University’s Great Hall from the 10-12th February. Thirty six students from degree courses spanning maths, computer science, psychology, business and the MBA took part in the 48-hour challenge to look for new ways to use the Internet of Things (IOT), both in its application and in using the data it collects. Cross disciplinary teams created products, services and apps that took advantage of this increasingly scalable technology.


Enabling Youth Enterprise in Europe

BSEEN attend NACUE Conference in Amsterdam

Last year BSEEN won the National Enterprise Educator ‘HE Team Enterprise Award’ and decided to use some of the prize money to learn about student entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. Carolyn Keenan, Project Manager and Sandra Benbow, Enterprise Consultant met with Dr. Bram Kuijken, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Amsterdam to learn about the business start-up module he runs. In the evening they attended an Enabling Youth Entrepreneurship across Europe event at Team Academy, Amsterdam’s office in the retro atmosphere of the B Amsterdam building, a former IBM office.  The event was organised by Tata in partnership with the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE).


Social Storm brings together students to tackle societal challenges in 24 hours

Social Storm organised an international competition on 11-12 November for 250 students from 19 universities across Europe, Africa and India. Using technology available on the internet, students in multinational teams worked for 24 hours to tackle sustainable housing and food security, with sustainable solution ideas. Aston University had 30 students take part and spent 24 hours working in the new state of the art Universities Centre at Innovation Birmingham Campus.


BSEEN wins EEUK HE Award

BSEEN wins prestigious enterprise award

The honour recognises Aston for delivering exceptional enterprise and entrepreneurial education.

The Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (BSEEN) programme has won a prestigious award at the 2016 National Enterprise Educator Awards at the gala dinner for the IEEC conference in Liverpool Cathedral.


Pop Up Card wins Enterprise Contest

Pop Up Card wins Enterprise Contest

The annual Aston University Enterprise Competition was held on Thursday 3 March. The competition culminated in a dragon’s den style final in which the winner, final year Business and Management student, Olivia Keogh impressed the judges with her Pop Up Card Company and was awarded the first prize of £500 from EY, and a market research package from Marketest. 


Aston Enterprise Santander Competition

Santander Universities entrants selected

An Aston University student and graduate have been awarded £1000 each after being selected by the University to enter the national Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

The competition asked Aston University students and recent graduates to submit their business plans for judging.