Entrepreneurial spirit helps students come out on top

The Collective Futures team

The Collective Futures team

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A STUDENT society at Highbury College is celebrating after coming out on top in a national entrepreneurial competition.

The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) used its Ignition Fund to ask students to come up with a business idea that had longevity, so it could be run by future pupils for years to come.

Highbury’s Enterprise Society – Collective Futures – came up with the idea to run a focus group that offers suitable opinions, operative advice and general feedback to potential and expanding businesses.

It was decided the group’s idea was the best of the bunch and the team of Ajara Leigh, Yemisi Olaiya, Michael Henderson, Sasha Millington-Latham, Ruth Burgess and Emily Wearne have now been awarded a £5,000 grant in return.

Ajara Leigh, vice-­president of Collective Futures, said: ‘I could not be more thankful for the fund we have received from NACUE.

‘I am really excited to see the development of the business along with my other society members.’

Social and events organiser Emily Wearne said: ‘I’m looking forward to see what the future has in store for our society and our business idea.’

Also excited by the group’s new project was committee member Ruth Burgess, who said: ‘I feel this is a great opportunity that has set us up to achieve something that can reach its full potential.’

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