CCL Digital to sponsor the University Entrepreneurs Grant at Educate North Awards

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CCL Digital, the digital marketing solutions specialist, will once again sponsor the University Entrepreneurs Grant (UEG) at the Educate North Awards in April.

Four university students or graduates from across the North will pitch their business idea to a live audience, with the winner walking away with £1,000 and a mentor to create a full business plan.

The audience will deliberate during the awards dinner and then deliver their verdict.

Last year’s winner was Emma Woollard from The University of Chester, who wowed the audience with a business that teaches foreign languages in informal surroundings, The Language Guys.

Antonia Furness, co-founder and chief operations officer at Manchester-based CCL Digital, said: "We are passionate about supporting and investing in our young entrepreneurs of the future, and we believe the University Entrepreneurs Grant as well as the UEC is a fantastic platform for them to showcase their talent."

The pitching is part of the University Entrepreneurs Challenge (UEC) supported by UCLAN (The University of Central Lancashire) and The Pilot Group, which will see maturer university spin-offs compete for larger cash prizes and the UEC trophy.

Skillsforge from The University of York was the 2017 winner with Big Heritage claiming the first ever UEC prize in 2016.

The events happen as organisers announce a near 40% increase in entries for the Educate North Awards following a major radio campaign with partners Smooth Radio North West, Smooth North East and Heart Yorkshire following a tie-up with parent company Communicorp UK and The Ministry of Results.

Prolific North is official media partner while successful businessman, Dr John Kennedy CBE, is patron. FE specialists Protocol is a lead category sponsor.

"It's tremendous that new enterprises like CCL Digital are reaching out to support the bright ideas within our colleges and universities," said Professor Phil Harris, co-founder of Educate North with broadcaster Rob McLoughlin.

"We have to unlock these concepts and plans and turn them into real businesses which can help support jobs and wealth creation in post-Brexit Britain."

The shortlist for Educate North’s 21 categories will be announced around March 8th, with entries for the UEC and UEG closing on 16th March.