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Alex Simpson won the runner-up prize for his business plan for the website

Internal News - 12 December 2008

Architecture student wins enterprise award

Architecture student Alex Simpson has been awarded the runner-up prize for Best Student Business Plan at the 2008 Knowledge West Enterprise Awards held at Hewlett Packard Labs on 4 December.

These awards recognise and reward the best business enterprises by students and alumni from the annual business plan competitions of the six higher education institute partners within Knowledge West.

Alex Simpson, in his fourth year of a BSc (hons) in General Architectural Studies, received a prize of £2,500 for the development of, an online student community which allows students to share their amusing video clips.

In 1999 Alex was selected as one of the top six students in the country in the Securities Institute Promising Performers Competition (City and Financial Markets). He was elected as chair of BANTER (Bath University’s Entrepreneurs Society) in 2008.

The Knowledge West Enterprise Award competition, now in its second year, celebrates the enterprise activities undertaken by HEIs in the region, and encourages collaboration between them.

Alex said: “I was absolutely delighted to receive this award for and to be recognised in this way.

“It has certainly encouraged me to implement my business ideas and to fulfil my ambitions to be successful in business once I graduate in June.

“I would like to thank all the people at BANTER who have supported me throughout the business plan competition. I hope this will raise the profile of BANTER and encourage many more budding entrepreneurs to join the society.”

Fern Urquhart, Director of Knowledge West, said: “The competition just goes from strength to strength.

“This year, we have had outstanding entries from students and alumni from all six universities in the West of England and we are planning to extend the competition across the whole of the South West next year.

“The standard of entries has again been high and it is great to see these talented young people developing their business ideas and honing their entrepreneurial skills.”

Peter McCarthy, Chairman of the judging panel, said: “This year, we have had a really high standard of business plans and presentations to judge.

“Several of the contestants showed real entrepreneurial flair and choosing a winner in each category proved a very difficult task.”

Video clips of all Knowledge West Enterprise Award 2008 finalists are available to view on the Knowledge West website (see related links).