Posted on 10/05/2013
Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs (RHE) has grown from strength to strength and is now recognised as one of leading student led enterprise societies in the UK. RHE was awarded the prestigious National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) Enterprise Event of the Year 2013 for the annual ‘Night Market’.
The Night Market was run to raise awareness of entrepreneurship across the University. The event, held in the Students’ Union, attracted over 300 visitors, with student entrepreneurs selling unique products while background entertainment provided by an array of student performing arts societies.
Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs was also shortlisted for the following awards:
- University Society of the Year
- Venture Creation Award
- Founders Award for President of the Year
- Enterprise Event of the Year
In addition, two businesses led by RHE have been nominated for the next stage of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Award. First is ‘Royal Notes’, run by Mohammad Fahimpour, a current MSc Entrepreneurship student at Royal Holloway’s School of Management. Mohammed founded the innovative new concept which provides see-through paper that you can put on books to take your notes, without writing directly on the pages.
Mohammad says ‘’Studying the MSc Entrepreneurship at Royal Holloway provided me with various skills that I was eager to put into practice while at university. Going through practical and real world experiences and opportunities have always been my priority alongside my studies; I believe Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs provided me with a great deal of support and the platform required to be able to put my ideas into practice. I have since been able to come up with 'Royal Notes' business which has gained wide spread recognition by winning the Arora Awards for Enterprise 2013."
The other nominee is Unibox, founded by Rashique Siddique, Ernest Choi and Romain Sestier, whose business provides good quality packing materials for students to pack their belongings into when they are moving out of halls. Rashique and Ernest are second year undergraduate students studying BSc Business and Management and currently taking the new Venture Capital Unit.
Ernest said, “My course has allowed me to improve my understanding on different aspects of management. It has certainly helped me on building my own businesses as well; e.g. setting strategic goals, making a business plan, finding the right business structure, and so forth. I joined the entrepreneur society at the beginning of this academic year. I have enjoyed every single moment of it, including organising the Royal Holloway Apprentice. We often have inspirational guest speakers coming from different industries, sharing their experiences and guide us towards our goals”.