Here are the nominees for the Student Enterprise Champion category. These students have made an outstanding contribution to enterprise which has significantly impacted on the success of their respective Enterprise Society.
Charlotte Pearce (University of Southampton)
Lottie has been an inspirational leader of Enactus Southampton. Her passion for the positive power of entrepreneurship has driven the team’s success this year, and under her leadership, Enactus Southampton were named National Champions for the third year running and will go on to represent our university and the UK at the Enactus World Cup in Cancun. She has taken an innovative approach to engaging with our university, by developing strong relationships within our university and has played a key role in the development of a new enterprise module, which will encourage students to enhance their learning experience by combining theoretical and practical elements by participating in Enactus Southampton’s entrepreneurial projects. She has also initiated contact within our university’s faculties, and has engaged staff and students from a variety of disciplines within our entrepreneurial activities.
As a leader, Lottie always goes that extra mile. Under her leadership, Enactus Southampton’s social and commercial projects have impacted the lives of over 3,000 people, and generated over £10,000 profit. Her dedication and passion have motivated the team to initiate positive change, ensured that every member has had their voice heard and has reached their full potential.
Edward Noel (University of Exeter)
Edward is a very passionate and talented 2nd year Exeter Student. He is a vocal champion of both the Guild’s Entrepreneur Support service, the Innovation Centre and SETsquared. His enthusiasm and positivity is infectious and he inspires many others to be inquisitive and engaging with enterprise and entrepreneurial activities on offer. He is the Exeter Entrepreneurs Society President, an impressive achievement having won the election in his first year. Ed administers the EE facebook account which is jam packed with information about events, funding opportunities, and support mechanisms, many of which Ed has brought to the student entrepreneur community himself. Ed has been quoted in many press related stories as he has been a vital team member in award winning projects. The latest case study is a company he is co-founder of. Co-linked was created out of the SETsquared Microsoft Imagine Cup event at Exeter Guild in February. Their first App product has gone onto win a grant of £10k from the Start for 10 programme and has just been named UK winner of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. This outstanding young entrepreneur will now compete along with his co-founders in the Global Final in Russia for $50k.
Gemma-Josiane Smith (University of Bristol)
Gemma-Josiane Smith (or Josiane) has done wonders as the President of Bristol Social Enterprise society this year. She really focused on their mission from the beginning of the year, deciding that the society would improve student's knowledge of what social enterprise is and then support students to start their own social enterprises. She ran a fantastic social enterprise conference, worked with the University to decide who should receive UnLtd’s HEFCE funding, put on a social enterprise pitching event called ‘Lions’ Den’ and ran a six week programme called ‘Ignite Change Programme’ to support students from Brislington Enterprise College to make their own change. She has organised talks from Social Enterprise UK, FRANK Water, Divine Chocolate and around 30 other social enterprises. Now, at least a quarter of the undergraduate businesses that have asked for support from the University describe themselves as Social Enterprises. This is huge compared to previous years (where there have been a small handful)! This is largely due to Bristol Social Enterprise working hard to run programmes that promote, support and reach out to socially minded student businesses. Her work has been incredible and of great use to University and secondary school students alike!
Jian Yi Oh (University of Bath)
As a key member of the Enterprise Bath - Student Reps Jian Yi Oh has been invaluable in championing enterprise activities at the University. She has found innovative approaches to promoting enterprise activities and inspires interest in others through her own involvement.
Jian Yi contributes to a broad range of Enterprise activities. As a member of Enactus Bath she was responsible for writing the annual report and pitching with the team that has qualified for the national finals. She has also taken part in the Business Plan Competition and through her efforts was a winner at the pitching event held at Deloitte HQ. Jian Yi has ensured the wide distribution of promotional materials for enterprise events and during Global Enterprise Week single-handedly organized a showcase stand in the University’s library.
At external events Jian Yi has repeatedly been a strong ambassador to Enterprise Bath and has markedly developed from the experience. As a first year her engagement in enterprise is unparalleled and as such it is expected that she will continue to be a notable member of the enterprise community in future years.
It is for these reasons that Jian Yi Oh should receive the SETsqaured Enterprise Champion Award 2013.
Kevin Patrick (University of Surrey)
The University of Surrey would like to nominate Kevin Patrick as our Enterprise Champion 2013. Kevin is currently a second year undergraduate and has been President of Surrey Entrepreneurs, the Universities Enterprise society for this year.
During his tenure as President of Surrey Entrepreneurs, Kevin has successfully grown student membership numbers and lead his team to put on a number of successful events and workshops aimed at inspiring students and encouraging start ups. Speaker events such as Brian McBride from ASOS (https://asoscareers.asos.com) have been notible by their success, attracting large student numbers and creating interest in the society. The society, under Kevins leadership, have run a number of workshops such as 'How to start a business' and '24 hour entrepreneur', which have fostered student start ups and a 'can do' culture with the university.
A serial entrepreneur himself Kevin currently runs 2 businesses of his own 'Team Tops' and 'Label Noir' which he is hoping to take to India later this year.
In his spare time Kevin is a Business advisor for Young Enterprise and a mentor for young entrepreneurs. He is active in his local area Entrepreneurs Circle, and is often invited to give his views on business and entrepreneurship.