Venture 2018 - £26k New Business Competition

Published on 27 October 2022

Nine members of the University of Dundee community won £26,000 of funding for their business ideas at the Venture 2018 competition final on Friday 23 February 2018.

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All the winners, and two runners-up, will receive a membership for Entrepreneurial Scotland and be offered a place to take part in Elevator's Dundee accelerator programme this summer at the new Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Venture 2018 marked the culmination of the University’s annual Entrepreneurship Week. The challenge gave 52 students, graduates and staff members the chance to pitch their ideas to leading business innovators and potential investors. The Venture 2019 competition is currently open. 

The Venture 2018 winners are:

Undergraduate Student Award Early Stage Idea 

Kayleigh MacKinnon (Freedom Street Project) £2,500 - School of Nursing and Health Sciences

Business School Award 

Xiaoxiao Zhang (Jing Yu) £1,500 and Rémy Appéré, Kieran McIntosh, and Michael McKaig (Kabungo) £1,000 - Both School of Social Sciences

Undergraduate Student Award 

Grace Mostyn (Kruh) £2,500 - School of Art and Design and Philipp Schnell, Atanas Chilingirov and Javier Suquia (AJP) Place on Accelerator Programme - School of Science and Engineering

Grace Mostyn presenting at the Venture 2018 finals

Grace Mostyn

Postgraduate Student Award 

Louise Grace (ASD Assist) £3,000 - School of Education and Social Work, Sara Nevay (Textile Tech Scotland) £2,000 - School of Art and Design

Recent Graduate Award 

Jack Hinton (Ox Pak Ltd) £2,500 - School of Art and Design

Staff Award (Non-Research) 

Dr Andrew Cook (Laughing Stock) £5,000 - School of Art and Design and Dr Grigorius Emvalomatis (BayEs) Place on Accelerator Programme - School of Social Sciences

Staff Award (Research) 

Dr Andrew Woodland (In4Derm) £6,000 - School of Life Sciences

The formal opening of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and a public lecture by Rector Mark Beaumont were some of the many other events to take place during Entrepreneurship Week 2018.

Andrew Woodland presenting at the Venture final 2018 competition

Andrew Woodland


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