Students win top prizes for their business ideas

STUDENTS from Portsmouth College pitched their business concepts to an audience of local firms and entrepreneurs '“ and came out on top.

Wednesday, 30th November 2016, 5:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 4:42 pm
Back from left, South Coast Clothing, Adam Chaplain and Callum Gaskin. Front from left, Digi-Tutors, Adam Pickford, Alfie Scott and Brogan Hathi Picture: Dan Pickles

Two student teams from Portsmouth College were invited to the exclusive Perfect Pitch event, held last week at Southampton FC’s St Mary’s stadium.

The two teams were up against four other colleges – Ryde High School, Harlow College and Richard Taunton College – in the competition to win the Perfect Pitch Award.

Representing Portsmouth College was Digi-Tutor, an online tutoring platform that won second place at the Unloc Enterprise Academy, and South Coast Clothing, a men’s skate clothing brand.

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The winning team walked away with a £200 grant to cover basic start-up expenses, mentoring by a member of the business community who will act as an Unloc Enterprise Academy ambassador, as well as assistance setting up their own website.

Managing director of Unloc Hayden Taylor said: ‘It was fantastic to see all the students take such passion in their ideas and this really showed in their pitches.

‘We’re proud to have worked with these students over the past few months and we are looking forward to supporting them turning their ideas into reality.’

The Portsmouth College students came up trumps, with Digi-Tutor winning the Most Viable Business Award and South Coast Clothing winning the top prize, The Perfect Pitch Award.

Principal of Portsmouth College Steve Frampton said: ‘It’s great to see these students being recognised for the immense work and pride they have put in to their ideas.

‘We are extremely honoured to work with Unloc and the Enterprise Academy.

‘The staff and I look forward to seeing these ideas turn into reality and we are immensely proud of the student teams and what they have achieved.’