Oxford Entrepreneurs encourage students to bring their business idea to life

‘Idea Idol’, a start-up business support scheme run by Oxford Entrepreneurs – a committee of students at Oxford University – has recently announced its 2010 competition winners.

The scheme encourages students to submit their business ideas. The entries are then shortlisted and the strongest make it through to the final, which involves a 2-minute pitch to an esteemed panel of judges along with an audience of University professors and fellow students.

This year’s judges included James Averdieck, founder of Gu Chocolate Puds; Leo Johnson, partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability and Climate Change team; and Ian Cargnegie-Brown, MD of the Investment Banking division of Credit Suisse.

This year, there were four winning categories available – and the collective prize money amounted to an impressive £10,000. The winners of each category were:

– People’s Choice Award: Michael Aiello (DIFRwear)

– Support Bundle: Brooke Cleave (Charlie Ruggles Clothing Company)

– Henmans LLP Prize: Diana Muftic (CPBSolution)

– Cash Prize: Robert Crawford (Oxford Nanosense)

The winners were treated to an ‘Idea Idol Finale Dinner’ at Raymond Blanc’s prestigious Brasserie Blanc, courtesy of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Read the article in full here: Future Entrepreneurs Shine at Oxford University’s ‘Idea Idol’ Finale.

For more details about Oxford Entrepreneurs or Idea Idol, visit the website at www.oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk, or email president@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk to get involved with sponsorship opportunities for future Idea Idol competitions.

Posted by Jo Disney on: Thursday, 1 April 2010 at 3:11 PM