Nine start-ups from Plymouth Business School and one from the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics received the grants from their faculties, after successful pitches to the BETA panel.
The BETA Enterprise Programme, run by the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre in Plymouth Business School, encourages budding business innovators to develop their ideas with advice from local experts. Running from October to May, the extracurricular programme is open to current students at the University, with the aim of making them more confident, innovative and employable graduates. Participants benefit from free skills development workshops, guest lectures from alumni and networking events, and taking part also contributes to students’ Plymouth Award/HEAR reports.
The successful students, with businesses focusing on everything from urban bee farming to adventure and sustainable travel, were some of the many that took part in the BETA STARTUP element of the programme this year. The programme gives students access to weekly one-to-one business mentoring from industry experts over the academic year, to develop their ideas.
The BETA START-UP programme would like to thank all the brilliant regional experts that volunteered their time and expertise to support and guide students with their business ideas through the programme. We could not do it without you!
The University’s Entrepreneurs in Residence Raphael Dennett and Gareth Hart support students on the BETA programme through business mentoring and skills workshops. Gareth Hart, who is also Director of Iridescent Ideas Community Interest Company, was a member of the latest BETA pitch judging panel. He said:
“The standard of the pitches this year was phenomenal. All the students had done meticulous market research and had compelling business ideas. The winners showed a bit more clarity in their business models and thinking. Encouragingly, there were a lot of social enterprise and ethical ideas too.
“This kind of experience is vital for future entrepreneurial or work endeavours. All the individuals pitching showed ambition, drive and delivered professional standard presentations.”
The successful students and businesses:
James Mugridge (BSc Business Management, stage 4). SHAKA Student Travel – providing adventure holidays to sports societies
Jessica Derrick (BSc Business, stage 4) Simply Tonga – sustainable tourism trips and gap experiences in Tonga
Debra Yeo (BSc Business Management, stage 4) Discover Cornwall – promoting the best events and business offers in Cornwall
James Fortune (BA Business, stage 4) Afortay – connecting music event organisers with high quality venues and equipment
Philip Atkinson (BSc Accounting and Finance, stage 4) Anchor Weights Ltd – innovative adaptable fitness equipment design
Judit Mero Hossain (BSc Business Management, stage 4) and Julia Jaczo (BSc Nutrition, Exercise and Health, stage 4) First Class Mentoring – assignment proofreading
Matthew Elmes (BSc Professional Management Practice, stage 3) Pollenize CIC – urban bee farming for corporate social responsibility
Jacob Asghar (BSc Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, stage 2) Virtu Design – innovative product design with sustainable materials
Vadims Mahnovs (BSc Business Management, stage 4) Onitbook – academic year planner
Bogdan Stoica & Radu-Adrian Marcu (BSc Computing & Games Development, stage 4) Resonance Games – unique touchscreen glyph recognition