HRH visited the Buckley Innovation Centre where his Young Entrepreneur Award was launched in May 2013. The Duke was welcomed by Professor Bob Cryan, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield; HRH then had the opportunity to meet Students and Mentors in The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre.
HRH presented The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award to ten companies, one from each of the Yorkshire Universities, who have set up their own businesses.
The winners are:
University of Bradford – Daylui-Esquoia
Daylui is an online platform for people to list, discover and rent items anywhere in the world. Whether it is a car for a day, a game console for a week or a motor home for a month, Daylui is the easiest way for people to rent anything online.
University of Huddersfield – EG Visuals Ltd
EG Visuals Ltd creates high quality 3D animations for a variety of situations from presentations to promotions, and product demonstrations to training aids.
University of Hull – Gateway Interactive
Gateway Interactive is a start-up games company based on the north bank of the Humber, grown out of the Hull University Enterprise Centre and the local Platform Studios initiative.
University of Leeds – JumpIn
JumpIn is a social taxi booking and sharing mobile app for students, available on iOS and Android.
Leeds Metropolitan University – Konnect Event Services Limited
Konnect Event Services Limited provide skilled man power to media industries and live events. Event and exhibition companies need to use skilled crew to assist the set-up of their events and exhibitions throughout the UK and Europe. Konnect’s main clients are event agencies such as Logistik, one of the biggest event agencies in the north of England.
Leeds Trinity University – ShoPING Ltd
The unique aspect of this application allows retail outlets to instantly target consumers using location based technology. Shoppers download the app and choose what types of categories they are interested in, from shoes to music or restaurants and cafes. When they are close to a shop that is listed in one of the categories, they will receive an automated notification with the message or offer from a close-by retail outlet.
Sheffield Hallam University – Really NEET
In March 2011, Sophie Maxwell founded the Really NEET College. The Really NEET project is a College for young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). The company has created a safe learning environment for young people from a variety of backgrounds. They may be homeless, a young parent, on probation, fed up with main stream education, a care leaver, need smaller groups to work in or want to learn outside of the box.
University of Sheffield – Bike Rehab
Located in the city’s central Devonshire Green area, Bike Rehab caters for all classes of cyclists, from the humble commuter, to roadies and mountain bikers alike. The company provides servicing, repair and parking services for all bikes (and bikers) in need.
University of York – Waterfox
Waterfox is a web browser that fills a niche in the current computer market: the demand for 64-Bit web browsing performance. Previously only 32-Bit browsers were readily available – Waterfox arrived and changed the way people browse.
York St John University – Bizzle.it and MooviBox
Bizzle.it’s system works to promote businesses based on content feedback and favourites from patrons and users (rather than the outcome of large SEO budgets for other general search engines like Google).
MooviBox is a web-based business with a main target audience of film makers starting in the industry and who need help producing films. On the site, film makers can purchase services and products such as cinematography video clips, sounds, scripts and equipment.