Enterprise Centre hosts showcase for graduates' start-up businesses
UNIVERSITY of Hull students and graduates who have transformed into entrepreneurs have been given their chance to shine.
Twelve innovative start-up businesses took to the stage to present their ideas and spread the word about them.
The Enterprise Showcase, which took place at the University Of Hull yesterday, provided the platform for a variety of new companies developed by current students and recent graduates to market their business. From spinning yarn to publishing books, the newcomers to the business world were keen to reveal their ideas.
The event was part of support initiative, the Graduate Entrepreneurship Project, run at the university.
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One of the new enterprises is run by 26-year-old chemistry graduate Katie Norman.
Katie believes she has found a niche in the market with her business Lab Rascals, which is based around teaching children a hands-on approach to learning science.
Katie said: "Only 3 per cent of primary school teachers have a science background, so with this business, schools can have someone come in and do hands-on lessons and experiments with the children.
"There isn't anything around her like this, so I think I have found a niche."
23-year-old Emma Wright launched her business East Of The Sun Yarns last week. A confident crafter, the university Masters student was keen to turn her hobby into a business.
Emma said: "I am focusing on the quality of the yarns and I am going to be selling my products in craft fairs, as well as teaching people how to spin.
"There are so many keen knitters around at the moment, so I hope it will be successful."
Graduate Becky Lamont's enterprise – Pottery And Pinnies – started on Instagram. She creates pottery and decorates her pieces.
She said: "I started the business using Instagram and I got a really good response from it.
"Now I have retailers selling my products and I'm also launching pottery classes to teach others."
Fashion app creators, film- makers and a businessman offering translation services were also some of the ideas from the budding entrepreneurs – who are now embarking on their next steps to succeed in their business.
Speaking at the event, president of Hull And Humber Chamber Of Commerce, Malcolm Joslin highlighted the importance of fresh enterprise in the region.
Mr Joslin said: "New enterprise and using enterprise in business is really important."
Mr Joslin said that at the Chamber, they will take their role to offer a support system to businesses in the area very seriously.