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A 'notable' business comes out on top as budding entrepreneurs compete in Arora awards

Posted on 06/03/2013

Royal Holloway’s budding entrepreneurs came out in force last week to test their business ideas and compete for funding from Surinder Arora, Founder of Arora Hotels.

The evening saw six students win funding for their businesses, with current MSc Entrepreneurship student Mohammad Fahimpour bagging the top prize with his ‘Royal Notes’ concept. Designed for students,the idea is to use a special type of paper to allow notes to be taken without damaging the book, helping to preserve those from libraries and allow second hand books to be sold in good condition.

Other ideas that were given special recognition and funding, included Ross Jennings for his company Ross Jennings Social Media, Harjit Hullait for his app aimed at helping golfers, Sophie Jayne Dyde, Founder of Moustache Translation, Hannah Davies for her jewellery business and Keta Hunt, Founder of Boozy Bakes who also catered the event.

Only half of all the applications received were invited to go through to a tough judging panel.

“These awards are all about recognising the very best ideas and concepts which have potential commercial application,” said Surinder Arora. “Royal Holloway’s entrepreneurs accepted the challenge and have raised the bar yet again!”

Marianne Hughes, President of Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs said: “I was hugely impressed with the quality of applications we had this year. As a society we just keep going from strength to strength and I can’t wait to see yet more businesses grow as a result of this competition."

Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs is sponsored by the Careers Service at Royal Holloway.



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