Enterprise Showcase honours entrepreneurs
A packed exhibition of student and alumni businesses opened the event, giving the young people behind the start-ups the chance to share their experiences with guests from the worlds of business and academia.
Then 150 nominees and guests in the main auditorium at Portland Building enjoyed an awards ceremony which saw eight students, graduates and members of staff recognised for their contribution to business.
Kunle has secured a place on one of Europe’s top enterprise accelerators and raised significant investment funding.
He said: “I’m so happy to have won Start-up of the Year. I have had so much support from the Enterprise Team at the University. Without them the business would not be where it is today, and it’s great to get JustFastFood recognised. We are working really hard on the business, so it’s great to be able to take some time out and celebrate our success so far.”
The other winners were:
Route to Start-up Standout Student: Morgan Makale (founder of Auctus Grad)
Self-Employment Placement Standout Student -Tristan Bampton, Scott Davis, Martin Mitev, Oliver Thauerer, Matthew Evans, Matthew Whitby (Broken Earth Games Studio)
Social Start-up Award: Nikolas Pachipis, SolarLife
Santander Start-up Funding Award: Hannah Mitchell (founder of Hayze Lingerie)
Student and Graduate Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Year: Howard Wimshurst
Staff Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Year: Dan McCabe from the Faculty of Creative & Cultural Arts
Meanwhile, the Alumni Recognition Award went to Andrew Martin, a 2014 graduate of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Arts and co-founder of Inkpact, a direct marketing company specialising in handwritten communications. Andrew was also a keynote speaker at the event.