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7 Jun 2016

Students’ enterprising achievements recognised at annual awards

Loughborough University and the Students’ Union celebrated their annual Enterprise Awards last week (2 June), recognising the enterprising achievements of students.

More than 115 guests gathered in the Loughborough Students’ Union building for a showcase of student business ideas and entrepreneurial talent.

Celebrating inspiring individuals, club committees and aspiring entrepreneurs, the Awards recognise the enterprising successes of the past 12 months.

The Enterprising Star of the Year for 2016 was awarded to Paul Ince for his work supporting students, conducting skills workshops, training sessions and judging competitions.

Enactus Loughborough won the Most Enterprising Student Team or Group award for their work leading a team of budding social entrepreneurs to use their business acumen for the benefit of society, both in the UK and overseas.

Harry Lane and Jamie Colvin won Entrepreneurial Undergraduate and Postgraduate of the Year. Undergraduate, Harry, has worked hard to successfully develop his business brand, Swala. While Jamie, a postgraduate Loughborough London Masters student, has been pro-active in visiting the Loughborough campus to organise enterprising activities in partnership with LSU Enterprise.

Most Enterprising Hall Committee was awarded to David Collett who excelled in this year’s £10 Hall Challenge. They raised £660.71 in 10 days with an initial investment of just £10.

This year’s Inspiring Enterprise Student of the Year winner was Chloe Anderson for her dedication to guiding students engaged through Social Storm and CAKE to develop a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship.

The annual event also recognised the efforts of students who have developed innovative ventures and demonstrated excellent business skills and acumen through the Launch-it! competition.

A range of awards including category winners, an overall competition winner and winners of three sponsored prizes were also presented on the night.

Christopher Ruddock won the Overall Competition Award, Potter Clarkson Intellectual Property Development Award and, Sport Category Winner for his wearable and data-analytics technology, Incus – a development which helps elite athletes to understand the relationship between their technique and performance.

George Higginson’s company, Samba Cidra, was voted the Incrementa Award Winner and Technology and Manufacturing Category Winner for his unique mango cider.

Incrementa Award Runner-up and Creative Category Winner, Omnee, is a free app for organising personal belongings, developed by Jamie Colvin, Jasmina Rueger and David Vann.

Sion Parry received the Consultancy and Service Category award with Maeth-Care, a company that aims to provide expertise and knowledge to improve the dietary health of elderly people.

E-Commerce and Retail Category Winner, Aureate Phin, was developed by Vy Yen Hoang to change the way we drink coffee, making it a healthy and holistic experience by selecting quality beans and blending them with the Ganoderma mushroom.

Finally, the Santander Universities UK Award Winner was awarded to Alex Nash for Alcuris – a technology healthcare start-up whose first product range, Memo, aims to provide independence to those living with dementia.

To find out more about the Launch-it! winners, visit the competition website.

Commenting on all of the awards presented, Professor Tracy Bhamra, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Enterprise), said: "Enterprise is integrated in everything we do across at Loughborough University and an important part of the student experience. The winners of these awards really illustrate the range of exceptional talent we have within our growing group of Loughborough student and graduate entrepreneurs."

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. Loughborough was ranked 4th in theGuardian University League Table 2017 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2017 and was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.