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Exciting business opportunity for Leicester College entrepreneurs

25/10/2011

Learners at Leicester College are being given the opportunity to take part in a Dragons’ Den style competition to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. The winners will gain support for their business ideas through sponsorship from Freeth Cartwright Solicitors. Global Entrepreneurship Week runs from 14-18 November 2011, and is a national celebration of enterprise – encouraging people to have ideas and to make them happen.

All learners studying at the College can enter the competition, with the successful entrants being awarded sponsorship of up to £5,000 to develop their business idea. To enter the awards, learners, either individually or in teams of up to four, need to submit a proposal on how they would best utilise the £5,000 sponsorship, whether that be for self-employment, setting up a new enterprise idea, or developing opportunities to support their studies. The deadline for entries is 23 March 2012, and the finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas to the judging panel of representatives from Leicester College and Freeth Cartwright Solicitors.

Simon Heaton, Enterprise Manager at Leicester College, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership again with Freeth Cartwright Solicitors and to offer this opportunity to our learners for the third year running. “The competition has previously been an overwhelming success. Last year’s winner was Foundation Degree in Photography and Video learner, Michael Wrzesinski, who was rewarded for his idea to use remote control devices to create aerial view film and photography for promotional videos.

The judges were particularly impressed by his commercially viable and unique business concept. “The competition is a fantastic opportunity for all learners at the college who have a business idea that they would like to develop, and we would encourage as many learners as possible to take part.” Julian Middleton, Managing Partner of Freeth Cartwright’s Leicester office said: “It’s great to have this opportunity to support and encourage Leicester’s entrepreneurs of the future.”