Leicester team reaches final of national Engineering Entrepreneurship competition

Posted by rwt3 at May 05, 2015 03:06 PM |
A team of postgraduate researchers from the University of Leicester have reached the final of the prestigious Engineering Young Entrepreneur’s Scheme.

Olly Youle (Physics and Astronomy), Lisa Blanchard and Adam Allen (Engineering), who are all undertaking PhDs in the College of Science and Engineering, have successfully progressed to the final of Engineering YES 2015 as team ‘Impact’.

Fending off competition from other regional university teams, Impact prepared and pitched a business plan with 5-year financial forecasts, impressing a panel of experienced investors and industrialists. Along the way they also picked up the prize for Best Elevator Pitch as well as the Peer Prize.

Martin Coffey, of the Leicester Learning Institute, who coached the team said,

“The University of Leicester ‘Impact’ team performed excellently to qualify for the final of Engineering YES 2015. This competition enables PhD researchers and Early Career Researchers to develop a range of business skills, invaluable in their future development as professionals.”


The Grand Final of Engineering YES 2015 is to be held at Birmingham Science Park Aston on Wednesday 17th June, with the finalists competing for a top cash prize of £2000. The Departments of Engineering, and Physics and Astronomy naturally wish Olly, Lisa and Adam the best of luck!

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