A UNIVERSITY student has won a national competition after a project to help others realise their business dreams.
Rebecca Hall, 27, who is studying for a marketing degree at Huddersfield University, beat off competition from 200 others from universities around the country to win the Capture Competition.
She took on the challenge of spreading the word about The Business Mine, which is based at both the Queensgate campus and University Campus Barnsley and part of the Enterprising Barnsley programme.
The Business Mine offers the university students and recent graduates a professional environment in which to research and develop ideas for businesses or self-employment for up to12 months.
Students are also given access to bursaries and grants and free services including business mentoring.
Rebecca, who is currently on placement as a marketing support assistant in the university’s Research and Enterprise department, promoted opportunities available through the service via screens and posters around the university, distributing leaflets and taking part in a showcase event.
She said: “I carried out the campaign as part of my placement.
“The first thing I did was to get 160 students to fill in questionnaires which showed many were interested in starting their own business but few knew anything about the amazing opportunities available through the Business Mine.
“It was quite challenging to put my marketing theory into practice and I had to be creative.
“One of my tactics was to slip leaflets about the programme inside library books about starting in business.
“I was very surprised to win theCapture Competition and am really proud of my achievement.”
The competition is run online by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship’s FlyingStart initiative.
The scheme aims to encourage more students and graduates to think about and start their own business.
The contest required entrants to create a marketing strategy to increase entrepreneurship where they are studying.
Rebecca, a trained beauty therapist, was awarded £1,000 prize money and is considering starting her own business when she graduates.
Jacquie Asquith, the university’s graduate start-up coordinator, said: “The Business Mine is here to offer a range of support to any student wanting to start their own business for up to five years after graduating and Rebecca really wanted to make sure her fellow students knew all about the opportunities available.
“We’re delighted that her achievements have been recognised at national level. She thoroughly deserves her success.”