University of Portsmouth student gets entrepreneur support

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A FINAL-year student from the University of Portsmouth is celebrating after being picked as one of a select few with the potential to be a world-class entrepreneur.

Andrew Martin, 23, is one of 30 students from across the UK chosen to take part in a year-long programme by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation.

Andrew is in the final year of a games technology degree course and, for now, he is concentrating on his final exams.

Later this year, he and the 29 others who have won places on the programme will start drawing a salary while being mentored by entrepreneurs and working alongside skilled coaches in some of the country’s top companies.

Andrew said: ‘It feels amazing to have come this far and successfully achieved a place on the programme. I’ve always been fascinated with entrepreneurship and cannot wait to learn from some of the most outstanding entrepreneurs within the UK.’

He set up his own company with four friends from the university while he was on a placement last year. The Little Kraken Games Studios is an entertainment software developer that specialises in mobile and web content.

‘Within three months of creating the start-up company we had a revenue stream in excess of £100,000, a software development contract, and a number of interested clients. We went from strength to strength, meeting our initial outline goal and bringing a product to market,’ he said.

‘Over the year there were numerous ups and down and learning from mistakes was almost a daily occurrence. But despite the highs and the lows I wouldn’t change this experience as it has truly raised my desire to own and operate my own business.’

Course leader Dr Mark Eyles said: ‘Andrew is an exceptional student who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that we seek to instil in our students.’

The programme started in 2012 and includes intensive workshops run in partnership with UCL, London Business School and PricewaterhouseCoopers.