Enterprise winners to share vision with budding tycoons

Issue date: 29 April 2009

Jamie Murray-Wells is the guest speaker at the UWE Biz Idea competition event Jamie Murray-Wells, founder and Executive Chairman of Glasses Direct, is special guest speaker at this year's final of the University of the West of England competition for budding entrepreneurs on Thursday 7 May 2009. Jamie, who at 26 has just been made the youngest-ever recipient of The Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion, set up the company in 2004 while still a student at UWE.

Now in its eighth year, theBizIdea Competition at the University of the West of England keeps on growing and attracting brilliant ideas from students, staff and alumni. The final event will include inspirational speakers outlining the secrets of their success as well as presenting awards to the campus tycoons of the future.

This year, there are four top prizes - for best Creative Idea, best Business Idea, best Social Enterprise and the Idea with the best Marketing element.

The keynote speech will be from UWE product design graduate James Dunlop who has successfully developed myhab, a recyclable festival dwelling for ecologically concerned music-lovers.

Last year's Social Enterprise prizewinner Poppy Stephenson will explain how theBizidea competition helped turn her idea for reviving Bristol's Community Festival into reality.

The programme for the awards evening is as follows:

18:00 - Registration and buffet
18.45 - Welcome from Vice-Chancellor Steve West
18.50 – Keynote speech, James Dunlop of myhab
19.20 – Poppy Stephenson of Bristol Community Festival
19.35 – Jamie Murray-Wells of Glasses Direct
20.05 – Prizegiving

To attend, please e-mail rbi@uwe.ac.ukor visit the website to: Register

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