Friday 29 November 2013
The Careers and Enterprise Centre launched their next round of ‘Try It’ and ‘Grow It’ prize funds during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. The awards provide funding for students and staff with business ideas that they want to develop, and are generously supported by Queen Mary, UnLtd and Santander.
Students or staff with a business idea that they want to test can apply to ‘Try It’ funds to receive up to £500.
For those students or staff who have already set up a business, ‘Grow It’ funds of up to £5000 are available to help to scale up the business to the next level.
Following the success of last year’s enterprise programme, where more than 15 businesses were supported through the scheme, £50,000 has been made available for students to pitch for in 2013/14.
Valentina Osborn was one of the successful applicants to ‘Grow It’ last year with her business ‘Les Petit Hiboux’. This is a bilingual French/ English nursery that offers French language immersion to teach children a second language before they enter mainstream education.
Valentina Osborn conceived the idea while she was completing her degree in French. She had a baby in the second year of her degree, which gave her the inspiration for her business, as she wanted to combine her academic studies with her home life.
The money that she received from Queen Mary helped her to develop the concept of her business so that she could attract new investors. She has since received funding from other sources to allow her to further develop her business
The next deadline to apply for the awards is 6th January 2014. For details of how to apply, visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise/Funding