University of Dundee and Abertay Students Excel in Enterprise Challenge Final

Published on 19 December 2022

The Centre for Entrepreneurship’s Enterprise Challenge came to its conclusion on Thursday 1 December 2022 with the teams pitching their business ideas in front of the audience and a panel of judges.

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The Enterprise Challenge allows staff, students, and recent graduates to learn the fundamentals of starting a business whilst meeting new people across the university, networking with Dundee’s entrepreneurial community, and gaining valuable experience to serve them in any future careers. Having started the process of thinking of a business idea, the participants formed teams, wrote their business plan, and were ready to pitch at the final after 8 weeks.

A £1500 prize pot was on offer for the teams who had the desire to pursue their idea following the Challenge. Everyone who completed the programme earned their skills certificate as well.

New Ideas Award Winner: team HabitLens

Two people holding up an over-sized cheque for £1000 as winners of New Ideas Award - Enterprise Challenge

Tanapat Somrid, an Abertay student from the School of Design and Informatics, and Daniel Andrew, a student from the School of Medicine.

HabitLens were the Enterprise Challenge winners of the New Ideas Award. The winning pair were Daniel Andrew, a student from the School of Medicine, and Tanapat Somrid, an Abertay student from the School of Design and Informatics. 

HabitLens is a gamification mobile app that enables users to develop good habits as their habits are tracked by AI, incentivising the user through vouchers/coupons and gaming features. Daniel and Tanapat will receive £1000 to kickstart their business idea. 

HabitLens had this to say upon winning:

“Winning the competition was certainly a happy & surreal moment for us, having witnessed how we have progressed from day one discussions to finally having our own pitch deck for our business. This recognition from CfE & Elevator is a boost of encouragement & validation for us, to widen our boundaries and dream even bigger goals for the business.”

Winners of New Ideas Award

New Ideas Award Runner-up: SanityDaily

The quality of work was very high amongst this semester’s cohort and the Centre for Entrepreneurship was pleased to be able to recognise more than just our winning team. Priyanka Joshi founded Sanity Daily in 2019, a well-received and very successful mental health blog, and brought forward the idea of commercialising her work through e-books, courses and workshops. Priyanka was awarded £500 towards making her idea a reality.


The runner up winner of the New Ideas award holding an oversized cheque showing the value of  £500

Priyanka Joshi

“Having an idea, working on it and being able to present it, itself, is a big thing for me, I never thought I [would] win this competition. With this challenge and the feedback from the judges, I feel reassured and validated. It helps me believe in my idea even more and I want to work towards it with more conviction and dedication.”

Priyanka Joshi

Enterprising Team Award: Bowl Over

The Enterprising Team award was eligible for teams who were not looking to take their idea forward at this time. The Enterprise Challenge is recognised for its value in boosting CVs and as such, the award for the winning teams were Insights Discovery profiles (worth £300) that give individuals an in-depth evaluation of their personality in the workplace and the tools to best utilise this information.

Our winning team was Bowl Over, a seasonal food bar in Dundee. The team of 5 is comprised of:

  • Vrinda Narain – Student of the School of Business
  • Abdullah Mutahar – Student of the School of Life Sciences
  • Selma Gulyurtlu – Staff member of the School of Life Sciences
  • Frederik Weingärtner – Student of the School of Business
  • Mario Meris – Student of the School of Business
Four people holding an oversized cheque for winning and award for Enterprise Challenge competition

Vrinda Narain, Selma Gulyurtlu , Richard Cormack Corrigan, Abdullah Mutahar

The Enterprise Challenge begins at the start of every semester, and you can register your interest in the programme at any point in the year. Open to staff, students, and recent graduates of the University of Dundee; and students of Abertay, St. Andrews, and Dundee & Angus College.

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