Wow! It seems like we’ve had a busy few weeks since our last blog post in February.

The Entrepreneurial Quest

One of the main events in our academic calendar is, The Entrepreneurial Quest!

Wednesday the 15th of March was no ordinary day for the student participants of the third annual Entrepreneurial Quest. The ‘Quest’ is the University of Stirling’s annual student ideas competition. In the course of on evening, students delivered three short pitches to our expert judges covering the areas of:

  1. the overall business idea;
  2. how they would market their idea; and
  3. the finances of their idea.

The expert judges provided feedback there and then enabling students to develop their ideas for the future. The Quest competition is unique as it provides an encouraging atmosphere in which participants with ideas at various stages deliver pitches one-on-one with each judge. This year’s Quest judges included Director of Research and Enterprise John Rogers, Deputy Director of Research and Enterprise Sara McDermid, and colleagues Stephen Jenkins and Douglas Blyth from Santander UK’s University of Stirling branch.

After much deliberation, the judges awarded 1st prize to Murtaza Saifee and noted a highly commended entry from Elizabeth Frovola. The judges were impressed with the standard and pitches from all participants; overall idea judge John Rogers described the ideas as:

“a truly inspiring set of entries and a very worthy winner.”

Pre-revenue category winner Murtaza Saifee receiving his winner’s certificate

Highly Commendable entrant Elizabeth Frolova receiving her certificate

Lunch with a Leader

Have you entered to be selected for one of our monthly ‘Lunch with a Leader’ initiatives this year? If not, you are in luck as there are still three lunches with inspiring leaders left! February’s student winners met with entrepreneur Sally-Anne Hunter, founder of Commando Spirit and winner of Sporting Chance Initiative’s Sports Business of The Year Award 2016.

It’s a great opportunity to connect and learn from an experienced leader!”

– Student winner of February Lunch with a Leader

Sally-Anne Hunter, Founder of Commando Spirit, takes a marine stance with student winners.

April’s leader is social entrepreneur Robbie Norval, founder of Lingo Flamingo, a Scottish Young Edge Winner 2016, Converge Challenge Runner up 2016 and a New Radicals 2016. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to meet and munch with Robbie. Entering is easy, simply tell us why you are hungry to talk entrepreneurship in an email to The deadline to apply for Lunch with a Leader in May is Friday 28th of April

Coming up

We are approaching our final two sessions for this academic year, if you can believe it! Next up we have Let’s Talk Social Media for Business on 5th April with the Research and Enterprise Office’s very own Dr Fiona Millar. Fiona will be leading a fun and interactive session looking at best practice for communicating via social media as an idea/start-up.

Finally, on May 30th we will be hosting a lively discussion panel Let’s Talk People where we will hear from entrepreneurs and leaders discuss the importance of building a strong team and developing the right people strategy.