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Bright spark scoops student business prize

18 May 2011

Student enterprise WEBAdam Rush was awarded the Student Enterprise’s Bright Spark Business Idea Prize

A University student who developed an innovative business idea to help students resist the temptation of junk food, eat more fresh food and help cut waste has scooped a £2000 business prize.

Adam Rush, a second year undergraduate from Cardiff Business School, was awarded the Student Enterprise’s Bright Spark Business Idea Prize for 2011 for developing his company Foodle.

The company offers portioned fresh ingredients to students, as well as supporting students to develop their cooking skills and reduce food waste.

Catherine Bushell, University Enterprise Officer who organises the annual award event said: "This year proved, once again, the enthusiasm and talent for business amongst our students. Yet again, the judges had a difficult task in deciding the ultimate winner – with Adam eventually coming out on top.

"In particular, the judge’s praised Adam’s enthusiasm, his approach to his business plan including his market research and potential for business success after he completes his degree.

"We congratulate Adam on his award and wish him and his business ventures every future success."

Runners-up in the category were students, Vanessa Scappaticci and Gareth Day.

Judge’s praised Vanessa Scappaticci’s idea of creating a live platform for employees and employers to arrange staffing hours and Gareth Day for his business idea Qualitas Ventures – which helps music bands to customise a bass drum to help advertise their band logo, an idea which is already close to taking off.

The Spark Business Idea competition is organised annually by Student Enterprise in partnership with the Santander Universities Scheme and aims to unlock the potential of current students by investing in their ideas.

It offers a £2,000 prize to the best business or business idea from a University student.

The University’s Student Enterprise service has helped many award-winning companies to get started. Student Enterprise offers a wealth of expertise and mentoring, advice about potential funding, as well as business space for students looking to develop a business or social enterprise.

Other awards presented on the evening were the Student Enterprise Graduate Entrepreneur of the Year award which went to Neil Cottrell in recognition of his business LexAle Ltd which develops and sells assistive software for dyslexic students.

Neil graduated from the University in 2009 and since then has been building on the experience and support he received as a student to achieve entrepreneurial success. Just 18 months after graduating Neil and LexAle Ltd now employs two members of staff and is actively recruiting for further support.

Neil, who suffers from severe dyslexia, started developing software to support his studies at the age of 15. Last year he was named the British Dyslexia Association’s Young Achiever of the Year

Three prizes were also awarded to University students for their ‘outstanding contributions to enterprise’.

The prizes went to Jarrad Morris a 2nd year business student for her clothing business – Uni’d, Lisa Wilson Doyle from the University who runs community projects which helps individuals and groups develop enterprise and business skills and Charity Yan – project leader of a charity project which works with Thomas George Hospice to help improve their takings through improved merchandising, marketing and staff training.

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