National business competition finals

Tuesday, 17 October, 2017 - 11:15
Two Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge students reach finals of national business competition

Two postgraduate students from Fitzwilliam have reached the finals of a national business competition run by a charity that supports student and graduate entrepreneurs.

Adil Jaulim (Research Training Fellowship, Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute 2016) and Ankit Dhawan (MPhil Economic Research 2017) have been shortlisted having won the Online People’s Vote with Lloyds Banking Group for their business 'Air-card' that is currently building a digital mobile platform for professional networking using e-business cards.

The Varsity Pitch Competition, run by NACUE (National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs) in partnership with Tata, invites innovative young business owners to submit their pitches for the chance to win £10,000 to help fund their business idea.

Adil and Ankit have been invited to a bootcamp where they will gain mentoring and support before pitching in the final on 13 November at Digital Catapult in central London.

Previous winners of the NACUE Varsity Pitch Competition include 'AEROPOWDER', radically transforming waste chicken feather into sustainable products, and 'Blaze' an innovative cycling company that has recently partnered with Santander Cycles in London to have their safety lights fitted to their bikes.

Speaking about their success, Adil Jaulim said: “We are humbled to have won the Online People’s Vote. This represents a great opportunity to pitch our idea to a panel of experts as well as get valuable mentoring at this early stage.”