Inaugural Enterprise Finals are a big success for students at Hartpury

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Business-savvy students have received funding from Hartpury’s inaugural Enterprise Finals to help them put their innovative ideas into action.

The 2020 Enterprise Finals, generously supported by Renouf Wealth Management Limited, Hazlewoods Accountants, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Hartpury, provided support to Hartpury students looking to develop pioneering business ideas.

In a format similar to the Dragons’ Den TV show, Hartpury students pitched their proposals to an expert panel comprising Ian Renouf Watkins (Renouf Wealth Management), Sam Halliday and Russell Warner (Federation of Small Businesses), Lucie Hammond (Hazlewoods Accountants), and Stuart Emmerson and Prof Stephen Draper (Hartpury).

The business ideas, presented to the panel before the current lockdown, included a horse rehabilitation and therapy consultancy, a boxing equipment retailer, a lifestyle product retailer, an on-campus zero waste shop, a programme about the benefits of exercise in school, and a car energy recovery system.

After considering the wide range of business proposals, the panel allocated thousands of pounds from the Enterprise Finals bursary to help students gets their plans off the ground.

All the entries also received feedback and coaching from the panel, as well as gaining entrance into the Hartpury Enterprise Business Launchpad, which is located within Hartpury’s Innovation Careers and Enterprise Centre (ICE).

Simon Spooner, Head of Innovation, Careers and Enterprise at Hartpury, said: “The Enterprise Finals have been a resounding success, both for students and the panel.

“As well as showcasing some incredible ideas, Hartpury students have gone to great depth in demonstrating the viability of their businesses through inspiring ‘pitch’ presentations and business plans.

“On the day itself, the panel were hugely impressed by the standard of detailed pitches delivered by students and were kept on their toes in terms of matching this with robust feedback and questioning.

“All students gained one-to-one feedback from a mentor on the panel about what their next steps should be, to help them progress their business idea.

“We have created a bespoke programme of enrichment whereby we will be calling on Business Friends of Hartpury to work alongside students on key business topics to enable students to take forward their ideas from our in-house Business Launchpad.”

Picture: Simon Spooner, Head of Innovation, Careers and Enterprise at Hartpury

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