Mexican food wave aids graduate entrepreneur

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Business and Enterprise Management graduate Christopher Gowans has been named winner of this year’s Sheffield Hallam University Enterprise Challenge.

Christopher is the brains behind Let’s Go Mexicana, a Mexican Food trailer, which trades predominantly at music festivals and other outdoor events.

Second placed in the competition, now in its 11th year, were Andrew Thomas and Scott Bradley.

Their company, Rapid Sports, is developing hi-tech sporting products designed to improve the performance of competitive canoeists, and secure a medal for Great Britain in the London Olympics.

Rapid Sports also won the audience vote after a pitching contest at the awards ceremony, when Enterprise Challenge finalists were given one minute to put their case.

Second in the pitching contest came Jocelyn Hunter, who has set up Belmont Baby, with her husband, to develop a range of innovative products to make life easier for parents with babies.

Ninety one teams entered this year’s competition, 15 were invited to put forward business plans, with five being selected as finalists.

n Fledgling businesses are being offered a chance to bolster their prospects of success with a package of free advertising and mentoring, through the Local Business Accelerators initiative, which is being backed by The Star.

If you or someone you know runs such a business and wants to receive invaluable business support and free advertising in The Star, visit www.accelerateme. co.uk for more information on the scheme and how to enter. Entries close November 14.