Students Compete in Enterprise Event

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Students from Fife College are now much more aware about enterprise after taking part in a competition to develop and highlight their entrepreneurial skills.

Teams from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Tourism were invited to take part by presenting their business ideas to fellow classmates. The winning teams went through to a second round where they competed for departmental champions which were put forward for the final.

The final round in the competition was held in the College’s St Brycedale Campus, Kirkcaldy and involved five student teams presenting their business ideas to a panel made up of external guests and senior College staff.

The competition was run by the College’s Business Club in conjunction with Acorn Enterprise – the winning team won £500 which was shared between them. The four winning team members are now guaranteed an interview for the Acorn Accelerated Programme.

Acorn Enterprise is an organisation which works with businesses and organisations including Universities and Colleges and is dedicated to growing Scotland’s start-up business culture by organising a wide range of training programmes, boot camps and workshops.

The winning team #WingIt were made up of four students who are studying NC Digital Media, Declan Murray, David McKinlay, Edward Morris and Lewis O’Donnell. The team impressed the judges with their unique garage app which enables individuals to compare prices for garage services and parts.

Member of the team, Lewis O’Donnell said: “The competition has been a great experience from start to finish. We researched our business idea which initially was sparked by an article I saw in the Telegraph about motorists being overcharged and I also had a car problem at the time. As a team we had a great combination of skills and worked well together – we are delighted to have won first prize.”

Bryan McCabe, Head of Department for Business, Enterprise and Tourism said: “We were delighted to work with Acorn Enterprise to offer this great opportunity to our students. Events such as this take a great deal of commitment, both by those entering and the organisers and complement what is being taught in College very well. They are also of great benefit to our students who are going on to further study or to work.

“I would like to congratulate all the teams who did extremely well and delighted that the winning team will now benefit from taking part in an accelerated learning programme organised by Acorn. We look forward to running similar events in the future.”

Fife College offers a wide range of Business and Tourism courses – for further details about full-time courses beginning in August visit www.fife.ac.uk or call 0344 2480115.