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Student Enterprise Category

Entrepreneurial Student of the Year 

The winner of this award will be an innovative self-starter who can evidence that they’ve used their creativity and leadership skills to make a significant contribution to an entrepreneurial project (or multiple projects) over the past 12 months.


Obehi Orukpe

Obehi first discovered she was entrepreneurial whilst studying mathematics at university. She founded  a  tutoring business ‘The Tutor Company’ while she was still a student, and through this devised the idea for ‘Math Theatre’, an educational theatre company that inspires school children to study maths by using drama to demonstrate its practical application. Obehi received a ‘Grow It’ grant from qEnterprise to develop Math Theatre.


Muad Akkari

Muad first discovered he was entrepreneurial when he was 7 and started making his own collectable stickers to sell. During his time studying Business & Management at Queen Mary he has been involved in three different start ups; PixelBlock Studios, a web development and design company; BeathR, a professional networking app, and SickCover, a platform that allows school to book Supply Teachers directly without utilising expensive recruitment agencies. Muad met the co-founder of BreathR by participating in the 3 Day Start Up bootcamp led by qEnterprise, and later received a ‘Grow It’ grant from the programme to develop it.

Most Promising Student Business of the Year 

The winner of this award will be the business that can demonstrate they’ve achieved the most over the past year and has the best foundations for future success.


Motus Innovations

Motus Innovations is a technology start-up founded to develop the world’s most cost-effective rehabilitation solutions to help stroke sufferers maximise their recovery. It was founded by medical engineering student Ross Ward in 2016, who received a £10,000 ‘Build It’ grant from qEnterprise in his final year of study to develop a prototype to trial and show to investors. The company has been recognised for outstanding innovation and potential to make a global impact, including being nominated for Innovator and Product of the Year 2016, and being a finalist in the prestigious MassChallenge UK Accelerator.


Too Good To Go

Too Good To Go is an app which connects restaurants and bakeries with surplus food to customers who can pre-order it for collection before they close at up to a 90% discount. Customers enjoy low cost food which prevents it going to landfill, while food establishments get the opportunity to turn surplus food into revenue. Jamie Crummie, a co-founder of the UK version of the app studied an LLM in Human Rights Law at Queen Mary, and received a ‘Grow It’ grant to launch the app in London in June 2016. The app has since seen tremendous success, being downloaded by more than 80,000 users and now operating in 8 cities across the UK.

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