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York Student Reaches For Stars

University of York

11:27am 26th March 2013

A University of York supported student entrepreneur took his ambitions to be a business leader to new heights when he met Sir Richard Branson at the tycoon’s Virgin Galactic headquarters.

Charlie Simpson-Daniel was one of a select few invited to meet the Virgin Group founder as a way of fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs.  The event took place after the Commonwealth Day Observance whose theme was ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’.

The second year Management student’s health company, Kings Biltong, was one of only two UK businesses chosen to represent Start-Up Loans -- a Government-backed scheme which has provided funding for Charlie’s enterprise.

 He said: “It was in every aspect an education for me to meet Sir Richard Branson. Meeting a man who has not just experienced incredible success in business, but who was able to walk around the room offering sandwiches to aspiring, young entrepreneurs and  listen to their stories was inspiring. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Richard and an experience I will not forget.”

Charlie has received proof of concept funding and support from the University of York’s student enterprise team. As Jessica Noon, Enterprise Officer in Careers said:  “Charlie is going from strength to strength with his business and the fact that he was invited to attend such a prestigious event comes at an exciting time for his company. He is a fantastic example of the potential of our student entrepreneurs.”

In addition to funding, there are a number of ways students can get involved in enterprise while at the University of York, including attending the Graduate Entrepreneurship Project’s Entrepreneurs’ Bootcamp, applying for an enterprise internship and entering Careers’ Plan ENVY business plan competition, which has a first prize of £2,000.

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