Sheffield Entrepreneur scoops top business prize

Hannah Duraid
Hannah Duraid
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A Sheffield Hallam Entrepreneur scooped the top prize at a regional competitive business pitch.

Hannah Duraid, founder of the popular local escape room experience, ‘The Escape Game’, was chosen as the winner by a panel of the region’s top business advisors at the final stage of a three-part Investment Readiness Programme - delivered by the Institute for Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Hannah, who competed for the prize against a mixture of students and graduates from univities across Yorkshire, will now receive mentoring from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels - an investment network through which entrepreneurs can seek equity investment to grow their business.

Hannah said: “It was wonderful to meet all the different entrepreneurs and to learn about what the Angel Investors want to see, which has been really insightful.

“The mentoring sessions will help us review how we’re going to scale, and will hopefully lead the business down a very successful route.

“My advice to any young entrepreneur in Sheffield would be to take every opportunity that there is, be that in terms of money, knowledge or skills. There are lots of avenues out there that can help you.”

Chris Manners, Regional Director at ICAEW West Yorkshire, said: “ICAEW is committed to helping Yorkshire’s young and talented entrepreneurs grow their businesses. We were delighted to welcome the seven finalists to pitch in front of our panel of business advisors.

“All the pitches that made it to the final stage were of exceptional quality – I’m sure each one has a successful business future.”