£20,000 prize fund for budding entrepreneurs

City of Glasgow College in partnership with the John Mather Charitable Trust has launched an Innovation & Enterprise Competition which offers students the chance to win a share of £20,000 funding.

The grant has been awarded by the Trust to support young people in education in the West of Scotland and the competition is open to all City of Glasgow College students. Their challenge is to submit an innovative idea or business proposal that stands out from the rest in order to secure funding.

James Wilson, Curriculum Head: Industry Academy and Youth Employability, said:

“I am delighted that our continued partnership with the John Mather Charitable Trust has once more secured this very generous grant. Now in its second year, the competition is proving very popular with 85 entries already, more than double last year’s total. It gives our students the opportunity to develop their talent and creativity with an enterprise focus. We look forward to an impressive range of competition ideas.”

Nicola Henderson, a BA Contemporary Arts graduate, and second year HND Jewellery student, Stevie Adams, were among last year’s prize winners.

Nicola said: “The grant I won enabled me to buy a projector for an art installation I was doing at the Royal Scottish Academy and to purchase materials for a range of ceramic products I’m making for commercial use. Although that was something I was always going to do, the competition made me really focus and encouraged me to start sooner.”

Stevie said: “I would really encourage students to take part in this competition. I recommend it, particularly the training days. I found the whole process very informative and learned a lot about business which is helping with my next steps, and I am still benefitting from the grant.”

The competition is open to all students at City of Glasgow College and anyone wishing to take part should visit our website. The competition deadline is 24 March 2017 and initial winners will be announced on 31 March. They will then go on to take part in a training and development workshop that will take place over the Easter weekend.