Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Award Finalists
29 September 2011
This year’s Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards finalists include three LJMU Enterprise Fellows.
The Awards, which are sponsored by Redrow, attracted a record number of entries from charities, social enterprises, businesses and entrepreneurs from Merseyside, Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales and Wolverhampton.
Eva Zych, a graduate from the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure (ECL) was named as a finalist in the Best Young Entrepreneur category for her business Flavory Nature. This idea was born after owner Eva Zych struggled to find interesting natural juices and teas whilst pregnant with her first child. Imported from her home country of Poland, the juices, teas and cordials are 100% natural, produced to organic standards and aimed at those looking for a healthy and sustainable alternative to traditional soft drinks.
Kelsey Donlevy and Toni Hynes were both listed in the category for Best New Business Idea by a Young Entrepreneur. Kelsey has set up 'Just Dance', which runs dance classes for all ages in deprived areas of Liverpool, while Toni, who is a graduate from ECL, has established 'UK Visits', a dedicated transport service for those attending prison visits.
"The Centre for Entrepreneurship at LJMU has provided me with the knowledge and confidence to drive my business idea forward. I truly believe that without the help of the team, I would not have achieved everything I have up to now.
"The Enterprise Fellowship Programme was the most inspirational experience of my life so far. I most enjoyed meeting other entrepreneurs and hearing their stories and how they developed their idea. From learning how to market a business through social media to the interactive life coaching sessions, every day, every hour of the programme was different. To anyone thinking of applying to the Enterprise Fellowship Programme my advice would be to not miss out on a truly fantastic opportunity."
Emma Hunter, Head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship said:
"We are thrilled and very proud to learn that three of our Enterprise Fellows have been shortlisted for this year’s awards. For this to happen at the same time as we move into our new Centre for Entrepreneurship is a massive boost to our team and we wish Eva, Toni and Kelsey many congratulations and good luck for the awards dinner in November."
In total, there are 33 finalists across seven different categories. They are one step closer to winning one of 17 cash prizes, totalling £115,000, as well as a package of professional services. The eventual winners and runners-up will be revealed on 10 November at the 2011 Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner to be held at the Carden Park Hotel, near Chester.
Having got over the first hurdle, each of the shortlisted candidates will now be quizzed by a panel of experts. These will include the founder of the Awards, businessman and Wolves Chairman Steve Morgan, and senior representatives from Barclays, Deloitte and other significant businessmen and women from across the region.
Steve Morgan said that he was looking forward to meeting the finalists in person:
"The first round judges have a difficult task, the final panel an even tougher one,” he explains. “We had applications from across the region from a diverse range of individuals, businesses, charities and social enterprises. The standard is extremely high, so the judges need to really understand the businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them before we can decide who will lift the prizes."
For further information about LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship visit http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/startup/
If you’d like to speak to a member of the team to find out how we could help you, please call us on 0151 231 8060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full details about the Awards can be found at www.mf-awards.co.uk
For more information about the Morgan Foundation please visit: www.morganfoundation.co.uk