Students up for enterprise award

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Sheffield University is closing the gap between academia and enterprise by staging a double awards contest for start-up students.

Winners will be announced in two categories at the Vice Chancellor’s celebration dinner attended by hundreds of people at Firth Hall on Thursday.

The best start-up business person - student or graduate within the past five years - will win £5,000 in the event sponsored by Santander. And the best business concept creator will win £1,000.

The awards come a week after the university was named the UK’s top ‘enterprise educator’ for its pioneering work to empower academics with the skills to ensure students become innovative and enterprising graduates.

Vice Chancellor, Prof Sir Keith Burnett, said: “Enterprise is at the heart of our university which was founded to use education to make a difference to the lives of students and society.

“I am delighted that, more than a century after the university was founded by citizens committed to education as a source fo change, these values continue to inspire staff and students.”