Students and graduates nominated for prestigious enterprise awards

Design Your Future Enterprise

Congratulations to final year Maths and Computer Science student James Barber, and Project Management graduate Noura Qusairy, who have been shortlisted for the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the prestigious Educate North Awards.

Also nominated in the same category is Dr Srijan Jindal from the Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology. In addition, The University of Liverpool has been shortlisted in the Best Entrepreneurial University Award, and the Innovation Award, both for the Design Your Future Programme that is delivered by the University’s Careers & Employability team.

James and Noura participated in Design Your Future programme last year.  

Noura is co-founder of Yamama, a sustainable and ethical fashion brand that has won several awards and funding. Yamama provides fair employment opportunities to produce high-quality handmade crochet fashion pieces while donating a portion of every sale to support refugee children’s education.  

James is CEO of Jamescape, a software development company. He has also won several awards and funding for his mission to empower charities with technology-enhanced solutions. 

Alison Pountney, Innovation Coach in the Careers and Employability team said: “I am extremely proud of the thriving community of student and graduate entrepreneurs at the university. Being shortlisted for so many awards highlights the great work that is being done to support enterprise at the University of Liverpool, and the amazing entrepreneurial spirit of our students and graduates.”

The Educate North Awards take place in Manchester on 27 April 2023.

Enterprise funding for students and graduates

Any students and graduates who have a business idea or start-up company can apply for up to £5,000 funding from the Design Your Future Enterprise Fund – applications are now being accepted until the deadline on 19 March.

The Enterprise Fund has already supported over 45 student and graduate businesses with £170,000 in funding in the last 12 months, demonstrating the university’s commitment to supporting early-stage business ideas and expansion.  

If you have a business idea that could benefit from some additional support then make sure you don’t miss out!

Click here to find out more and apply.

Join our enterprise community

The Careers & Employability team have set up a vibrant online community of entrepreneurs called The Green Room. Join and be the first to find out about enterprise opportunities, challenges, competitions, support after graduation while meeting like-minded students in this Microsoft Team forum.

If you are interested in enterprise and start-up support for students and graduates please email Alison Pountney on message via Microsoft Teams.