UWS announces prestigious Dr William Elder Award winner

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Award winner Callum Harper

University of the West of Scotland (UWS) presented the prestigious Dr William Elder Enterprise Award at its annual Entrepreneurial Prize Giving Ceremony on Wednesday 30 April 2014 at Hillington Park Innovation Centre.

Calum Harper, 18, who lives in Dumbarton and is in first year of the University’s BA Business degree, clinched the William Elder Enterprise Award for his business idea to produce a carbon fibre action camera mount. The camera mount combines form and function using the latest carbon fibre technology. Calum intends to set up a manufacturing facility in Scotland to service the growing world-wide market in extreme sports.

Through extensive research and study Callum was able to write up his winning business plan highlighting the massive potential of this product.

Entry to the competition, which has a £1500 prize, is a valuable experience for potential student entrepreneurs, since they receive important feedback on their business idea from the William Elder Advisory Panel. The panel consists of experienced and prominent local business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The prize money will enable Calum to set up a business, Periodic 6 Plastics, and to initially develop a prototype using 3D printing.

Commenting on winning the award Calum said: “The competition was excellent because it reinforced the fact that my business plan has real potential and gave me the opportunity to gain advice from business experts.

“This award makes all my hard work worthwhile and I hope to further develop the business plan and in time bring my product to the marketplace.”

Dr William W R Elder, OBE said: “I am delighted to support innovation within UWS with this award. It is refreshing to see so many participants from UWS interested in starting their own company. We live in exciting times, with innovation and entrepreneurship stronger than ever, and I am pleased to see the University’s commitment to Enterprise.”

The ceremony also saw UWS announce the winner of the Ideas in Enterprise competition. This award went to Jonathan Ricci, 20, who lives in Hamilton and is in third year of the University’s computing science degree.

Jonathan clinched this £1000 award for his business idea, Muddle; an innovative, online learning system for organising learning material enabling students to save time and learn more effectively. The system is being adapted for use in the wider business community.

Third year BAcc (Hons) Accounting student Emma Fairgrieve secured second place in the Ideas in Enterprise competition for her business idea, Simulspace, a digital development company specialising in games and gamification for entertainment, education and enterprise. Third prize went to Anna Marie Campbell, who studies MA Music Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for her business idea, Broadcast Commun Exchange, which represents an internet based exchange system for Live Internet Radio Broadcasts.

Steve Talbot of the University’s Business School was the key co-ordinator of this awards ceremony. He said “The standard of entries this year was excellent and the panel had a difficult decision in deciding the winning business plans.

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