Wed 13 Sep 23
The incredible support provided to student entrepreneurs at the University of Essex was recognised at the National Enterprise Educator Awards with the Essex Startups team being highly commended.
Essex was one of just three universities shortlisted for the Entrepreneurship Catalyst category – which recognises individuals or teams from universities and further education colleges who are delivering an exceptional entrepreneurship education.
Although they missed out on the top prize, judges gave Essex Startups special recognition for the exceptional quality of the service the team is delivering to students.
Student Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Manager Lauren Graeve said: “We were extremely honoured to be Highly Commended. Our team has worked incredibly hard over the last four years, and we are especially pleased that our achievements are being recognised at a national scale. “
The Essex Startups team offers dedicated support to entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates with their start-up business ideas.
The team creates and delivers small to large scale workshops, mentoring programmes and funding opportunities to students and graduates at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.
The team’s mission is to guarantee every student across the University of Essex, regardless of background or area of academic study, can develop and fulfil their entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial potential.
Over the last four years alone, the team has provided 1,300+ one-to-one mentoring sessions, awarded over £300,000 in funding, and supported the development of 20 new start-ups each year.
Our entrepreneurship education programme is delivered via extra-curricular workshops and co-curricular seminars with support customised to the needs of students and responsive to markets and sectors.