Last week, students, staff, and distinguished alumni gathered to celebrate KU’s entrepreneurial achievements at the much anticipated annual Celebrate Enterprise awards. The day kicked off with a trade-fair, showcasing the innovative and entrepreneurial talents of our very own KU students.
Professor Ronald Tuninga, Pro Vice Chancellor, Enterprise, opened the ceremony highlighting Kingston’s success in Entrepreneurship followed by the presentation of staff awards by Deputy Vice-Chancellor David Mackintosh.
Our keynote speaker, Claudine Reid MBE, KU’s newest Visiting Social Entrepreneur shared her key strategies for becoming a successful entrepreneur, the 3 S’s; Story, Strategy, and Support.
David Knull and Janja Song presented the Graduate Young Enterprise Awards to four teams of students that participated in the trade fair; Emperatigo (Best Sales Team), Parachutes (Best Display Stand), Lucky 5 (Best Product), and one of our Bright Ideas winners, STAUNCHH (Best Company).
The ceremony closed with the student awards, drum roll please….
Enterprise Champion 2015 – Rui Daniel Jaime
Rui is founder of the Luso society, visionary of the alternative curriculum initiative, Bright Ideas finalist, and Founder of Jaime Enterprises. Each initiative speaks of Rui’s perseverance, innovative mind, and a challenger to status quo. The delicate balancing act of combining these initiatives bring Rui to the fore of the enterprise department.
Shortlisted – Luke Ducker and Hassan Waqar and the KES Team
Most Enterprising Student – Tina Dahmen
Tina Dahmen is from Germany and in her 3rd year at Kingston, studying Journalism and Human Rights. She has set up an online business, a travel agency called ‘Take a Trip with Tina’ where she sells trips to young travellers, experimenting with various formats, including re-selling and designing bespoke trips.
Shortlisted – David Boadu and Sam Nozdrachov
Social Enterprise Award – Jairon Francisco
Jairon Francisco, mechanical engineer and entrepreneur is studying MSc. Engineering Projects and System Management. He started his own business in the Dominican Republic before coming to UK sponsored by Chevening, the UK government’s international award. Jairon works with coffee and his idea of empowering smallholder farmers with sustainable technology.
Shortlisted – Dennis Aguma and Felipe Araya
Entrepreneur of the Year – Riccardo Pezzuolo
Riccardo manages Togada Limited, a company where creativity is free to flourish. Since opening in September 2014, Togada has provided work in the creative industries to fourteen KU students and alumni. This year they intend to keep growing whilst engaging with talented artists and entrepreneurs.
Shortlisted – Elizabeth Benitez-Morales and Violetta Ilinskaya
A big congratulations to all those who were nominated, shortlisted and winners at Celebrate Enterprise! We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. We look forward to a new enterprising academic year ahead!