Emerging entrepreneurs win prestigious university business pitching competition

Events | Funding | South East

Top emerging entrepreneurs who could be the nation’s next business success story have been unveiled at the ninth annual Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2019, one of the UK’s largest entrepreneurial business pitching competitions for students and recent graduates.

The two talented winners which will receive £25,000 worth of seed funding towards their forward-thinking businesses are:

  • Cosi Care, the first company to create technology to treat Eczema, from Brunel University London; and
  • Scribeless, which uses artificial intelligence and advanced printing technology to create handwritten letters, from the University of Bristol.

The winners were announced by Nathan Bostock, CEO of Santander UK, and received their awards from Susan Allen, Head of Retail and Business Banking, and Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities in the UK, at the event held at the University of Westminster.

At the event, which hosted students and colleagues from across the country, Nathan Bostock, Santander UK’s CEO, stressed the importance of supporting entrepreneurial talent and said: “We were truly impressed by the commitment, talent and inspiring ideas presented this year. We have a long-term commitment to supporting higher education and we are proud to take an active role in fostering entrepreneurship among university students.”

Lauren Bell, Founder of Cosi Care said: “Winning the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards is absolutely amazing. The prize will enable us to take our product all the way to the shop floor in six months! The support I’ve had throughout the competition has been incredible and we’ve made connections for life. Such a great all-round experience.”

Robert Van Den Bergh, Founder of Scribless said: “It’s fantastic to win the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. The support we’ve had throughout has been instrumental in driving forward the growth of the business. It’s been a really great experience which will now enable us to continue growing our team and provide handwritten marketing to more companies around the world.”

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