Guitar Lesson Lounge (University of Surrey)

Overall Winner - Guillaume Devinat

Overall Winner, Guillaume Devinat accepting his award from Jerry Walsingham

The overall winner of the showcase was selected by Jerry Walsingham, a mentor at the University of Bath & member of the Entrepreneurs Circle. He chose from the entries across all the categories. The winner, Guillaume Devinat, was awarded a complimentary years membership with the Entrepreneurs Circle, worth around £850.

The First Category, Student Enterprise Champions was to celebrate a key individual from each of the five partnership universities. These individuals have championed student enterprise activities in their university and made a real impact. As such, all five were presented with a certificate of their achievements.

Andrew Seed (University of Bath)

Student Enterprise Champion Award Winner

Andrew Seed (final year Physics) got involved with BANTER Bath Entrepreneurs in his first year and won our first Apprentice-style competition with his 'Pants' team who made over £400 profit from a £100 loan. In his second year he looked after the technicalities of the business plan competition website and developed the site for Student Enterprise '09 – our flagship activity for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

His notable achievements include asking the University's Director of Finance what she did and immediately securing her services in running a workshop. He secured a £1000 technology bid for Student Enterprise '10 and helped us win a 'UK High Impact Award' for the project two years running.

He has been a student trainer and run enterprise skills workshops through our SORTED programme and, as project manager of Student Enterprise '10, ran a poster session at the MIT GSW Conference in South Korea where he wrote a blog for the website to share his experiences. He has been a keen promoter of enterprise activities serving on the BANTER committee and the Training and Enterprise Exec and running promotional events such as 'Paella on the Parade', 'Disco in a Box' and the infamous 'Fake Milking Cow'. 

James Carberry (University of Bristol)

Student Enterprise Champion Award Winner

Peter Grimshaw accepting the award on behalf of James Carberry - Student Enterprise Champion Winner

James Carberry has worked hard to establish the social enterprise society at the University of Bristol. Relatively new, it already has 2000 members on its membership list, and developed strong partnerships with other societies such as the Bristol Hub, Student community Action and the Bristol University sustainability team (BUST). James has been pinnacle in attracting members and putting on great events. Last year he headed up a successful marketing campaign using painted bicycles, for which the society won an award. This year the society gained national recognition for their new work experience programme. Ever modest, he believes that none of this could have been achieved without a great team behind him. The team believe none of this could have been achieved without his natural leadership.

James inspirational leadership has resulted in several successful speaker events, including a student kitchen using left over food and a microfinance discussion evening. He has also spearheaded a project to get his committee thinking by getting the most value out of a kit-kat by swapping it for other items. James's innovative skills have also rubbed off on members of the society. Several have gone on to set up their own social enterprises feeling confident of the support of the society behind them. However, James doesn't end with the society, he is also in his final year studying engineering and regularly plays football.

Delie Kastner (University of Exeter)

Student Enterprise Champion Award Winner

The University of Exeter's, Exeter Entrepreneur Society has nominated Delie Kastner for the title of Student Enterprise Champion.  Throughout the year Delie has had the position of Events Manager on our committee. Delie originally got involved in the society by participating in The Exeter Apprentice competition. In this competition Delie along with two others started an underwear company selling branded Exeter University underwear for both male and female students. This subsequently won Delie and the rest of the team the Most Creative Award.

After the competition had finished Delie went on to start another company called "Sell My Book" with a friend of hers in the summer of 2010. Sell My Book collects 2nd hand books and then sells them on to incoming students to the university taking a commission from each sale. The business has done exceptionally well and now has a permanent presence across campus with leaflets in seemingly every lecture theatre. What this demonstrates is that Delie has a good understanding of what it is to be an entrepreneur and is keen to share her success, knowledge and skills with other students and spur entrepreneurialism at the university even further.

As Events Manager Delie taken the events we run forward and made them not only better in terms of quality but also considerably larger than the previous year, with an extra 10 teams in this years Exeter Apprentice competition. It for all the above reasons combined that we are nominating Delie as our Student Enterprise Champion. 

James Pursey (University of Southampton)

Student Enterprise Champion Award Winner

Student Enterprise Champion Winner - James Pursey

James has been awarded the business enterprise champion for his work at Fish on Toast, the student entrepreneur society at the University of Southampton.

James has worked to make it more active and enterprising and has introduced challenges every week including a Southampton version of the Apprentice which was filmed by the University.

He has attracted corporate sponsorship including Tesco, Superjam, Superfit and Ernst & Young and introduced a competition for people to summarise their business ideas in 100 words. The membership is increasing and the group is now far more enterprising and proactive in their activities. 

Cameron Wilson (University of Surrey)

Student Enterprise Champion Award Winner

Student Enterprise Champion Winner - Cameron WilsonIn 2010 Cameron set up Surrey Entrepreneurs, a student society focussed on encouraging University of Surrey students to get involved with enterprise. The society has gone from strength to strength, initially recruiting 500 students at freshers fayre in October 2010 with membership currently standing at 800.

Since October Surrey Entrepreneurs have organised a number of successful events, they have brought in speakers, run workshop sessions aimed at enabling students to develop their enterprise capabilities, and set up and run various small fundraising enterprises on campus.

Cameron has recently secured funding from a local business which has enabled Surrey Entrepreneurs to set up a 'seed fund' aimed at providing small business start up loans to Surrey students. He has always been supportive of all enterprise events on campus and has worked collaboratively with Research and Enterprise support to ensure their success. He and the Surrey Entrepreneurs team have represented the university at partnership events with resulting positive feedback from the local business community.

In terms of the 'bigger' picture Cameron has been South East president for the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and has recently been voted NACUE president of the year. He has represented the University at the Kairos Global Summit in NY, and was invited to the launch of the government backed 'Start up Britain' campaign in April. 

Gavin Eddy (University of Bath)

Business Mentor of the Year - Award Winner

Business Mentor of the Year Winner - Gavin Eddy

Ex-investment banker, angel investor and founder of workhub provider Forward Space - rang the student enterprise co-ordinator for the University of Bath in April 2006 and offered his help with student enterprise. Since then he has chaired the judging of 4 annual business plan competitions – reading and giving feedback on over 750 ideas. This year alone he read and commented on 193 business ideas and 20 full business plans – giving detailed written feedback on each plan and chairing the judging as the 5 finalists pitched their ideas. His comments to the student businesses have been wise, well-chosen and challenging - and he has invariably turned out to be right. He has also worked with University of Bath enterprise staff to pitch and secure continued funding for the competition from our sponsors Deloitte.

He has generously given his time, email and phone number to countless students, supported networking events, contributed significantly to enterprise education at the University of Bath by delivering workshops and presentations at conferences and BANTER Bath Entrepreneur events. He has also attended award ceremonies and launches, talks and presentations and provided invaluable advice and support. He has helped our students with everything from reading and advising on contracts and some sticky situations involving frozen yogurt to sourcing and even collecting and delivering organic fair trade t-shirt suppliers to our SIFE team. He is not an official 'entrepreneur in residence' – although he contributes significantly more than he would be required to do if he were - but has given his time, energy and wisdom to staff and students alike. 

SIFE Southampton (University of Southampton)

Best Student Enterprise Experience Award Winner

 Best Student Enterprise Experience Winner - SIFE Southampton, accepted by Chris Coates

Established only three years ago, the society have grown from the 30 founding members to over 100 active members who volunteer at least three hours a week to running a social project.

The team have six established social enterprise project and three profit making businesses. This year SIFE Southampton have directly impacted over 600 individuals in improving their quality of life and standard of living through the social enterprise projects set up through SIFE. These people range from young people in the local area to poor rural families in countries like Madagascar and Sierra Leone. In addition, the team has generated over £15,000 in profit this year through their consultancy, web design and clothing businesses.

The SIFE team presented all of their achievements in a 24-minute presentation at the SIFE National Championship. They had to progress through four rounds being judged and questioned by judges from some of the biggest and leading UK and global businesses including RBS, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, Centrica and Deloitte. After making it to the final four teams in the UK, the SIFE team presented in from of 700 students, University leaders and top business leaders to be crowned this years national champion.

The students will now be representing the UK in the SIFE World Cup in Kuala Lumpur later this year. They will be competing against the top teams from over 40 countries worldwide.

The experience has been described as one of the best things they have ever done in their lives, meaning this experience will carry on driving and inspiring all the students involved in SIFE Southampton. 

Guitar Lesson Lounge (University of Surrey)

Best Student Start-up Award Winner

Best Student Start-up Winner - Guitar Lesson Lounge, accepted by Guillaume Devinat

Guitar Lesson Lounge Ltd. was founded earlier this year with the ambition to create the best video guitar lessons online.

With videos, PDFs, backing tracks and more, we believe we are well on our way to creating the very best learning experience available for aspiring guitarists. We pride ourselves in the fusion of extremely high quality, yet casual and fun content we maintain. This notably means young, passionate guitar teachers filmed in a highly controlled studio environment.

In just a few months since the initial seed funding from Research and Enterprise Support, we've arguably made some pretty phenomenal progress. We now run a fully automated internet business, with over 100 000 views on Youtube, nearly 400 members, and clients on 4 continents, creating a small, yet global tribe.

We've generated a positive cash flow for the first time last month and we're developing a new product that you'll get a sneak peak of in the video.

In addition, we've gained substantial knowledge in eMarketing: from strategy to search engine optimisation, split testing social media strategies and more, enabling us to grow at an exponential rate.

We're seeing some exciting growth, both in web traffic and in sales, and though we've still got a way to go before being the clear market leader in online guitar education, the results are promising and the business is gaining in profitability.

UniSportsOnline (University of Exeter)

Highly Commended

UniSportOnline Limited (USO) is a sports media organisation that is increasing the media coverage of student sport across the UK. Our online magazine is 7 months old and is now working with the top 20 universities across the UK, providing a platform for student athletes to raise their profiles, as well as promoting young sports journalists and photographers.

Through our online magazine,, it is now possible to read all the latest news, match reports, view photos and videos from student sports across the UK, something that was not possible before we launched. We have also provided live updates at an international students rugby match, England vs France, and reported live from the national student championships, both of which have never been achieved before at student sport level within the UK. In a few weeks time we will complete another UK first, by live streaming a student cricket match onto

There is now a team of six students working on UniSportOnline in a number of different roles, ranging from website developing to Head of Marketing respectively. Many of our team are using USO as work experience placements to gain credits for certain university modules.

With the ever changing media landscape and a number of iconic youth brands struggling to understand their student market, our team has been building links with a number of national and international companies to help develop a number of exciting new projects.

Thoughtified (University of Surrey)

Best Graduate Start-up Award Winner

Best Graduate Start-up Winner - Thoughtified, accepted by Aaron Mason & Georgios MichalakidisThoughtified Ltd has produced ManagePlaces, a Web Application in the Cloud that uses geolocation information (GPS) to remotely manage land, projects,customers or any type of asset, with access from any device (laptops, tablets, mobile phones with or without an internet connection). ManagePlaces saves staff costs, resources and time, and improves outputs and reporting. ManagePlaces has generated huge interest operating as a social enterprise focusing on applying its cutting edge technology to improve health services and biodiversity protection. Government agency Natural England quickly recognised its potential for the management of biodiverse sites.

It has given advice and feedback for extending the need, particularly for UK Wildlife Trusts, and introduced requirements for the development of this unique, easy to use, secure system. The prototype was funded with grants from the University of Surrey, EPSRC and SEEDA.

Discussions are underway with the National Farmers' Union for the use of ManagePlaces by farmers claiming DEFRA environmental subsidies.

As a result of targeted marketing, Aggregate Industries Plc. has asked for the software to be integrated with their system. The Company is working with Central Surrey Health (CSH) to adapt the product to manage home care visits by its 200 nurses. CSH identify that the system will save time and money. As part of its social enterprise activities the Company is researching the use of its technology in foetal heart monitoring in Ethiopia.

Thoughtified is a SETsquared partnership member. In its first year the Company predicts sales in excess of £500,000.

Right Light (University of Southampton)

Best Social Enterprise Award Winner

Best Social Enterprise Winner - Right Light, accepted by Michael Austen

Right Light is a social enterprise project run as part of the Students in Free Enterprise team at the University of Southampton. The project started in November 2010 and came about through Project Leader, Mike Austen's interest in creating better third world societies without the need to create charity giving.

There is a direct correlation between poverty and a lack of electricity, meaning until infrastructure in third world countries are improved, people will continue to struggle to escape from the cycle of poverty. One fifth of the world still doesn't have access to electricity, meaning this is a serious issue. Right Light aims to provide third world communities with access to solar lights.

The project works with a global business and an NGO to establish a micro-finance repayment scheme to families in rural Madagascar. The scheme offers family's instant access to solar lights, with weekly repayments being half the price of dangerous and toxic kerosene that fuel their current light source.

Right Light already has 120 families signed up to the scheme in three communities in Madagascar. It is using the repayments from these families to establish community solar lamp entrepreneurs who will be able to rent out additional lights to the community.

The scheme is a completely new way of light to the third world. Right Lights lamp supplier, Tough Stuff have been so impressed with the success of the scheme, they are now looking to implement the model in other third world countries.