MORE than 100 business-savvy students from across Yorkshire are set to descend on Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium for the 2012 Umph! competition.
The 16 to 19-year-olds will pit their entrepreneurial wits for a chance to win the contest, which runs as part of Grant Thornton’s Educate to Innovate programme – encouraging entrepreneurship and forging links between businesses and education in Yorkshire.
As part of the day, the students will also have the chance to meet and interrogate successful entrepreneurs in a series of small-group workshop sessions.
The student teams will go on to compete for the title using the SimVenture business simulation software. They will also prove their business credentials by making a presentation to the panel of judges and have their entrepreneurial knowledge put to the test in a series of general questions on business.
As well as the overall winning team, there will be an award for the student judged to be the most entrepreneurial individual.
The event next Tuesday will be introduced by Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire. Also taking part will be Sandra O’Neill, Grant Thornton’s head of business development.
Guest entrepreneurs taking part will include Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle; Matthew Benson, of Dean Clough Cooking School in Halifax; Peter Harrington, of Sim Venture; Allison Whitmarsh, of Proper Maid; Richard Paxman, of Paxman Coolers; Andrea Springthorpe, of Fit4Force; and Jacob Hill, of Lazy Camper.