UHatch entrepreneurs awarded funding to help grow their businesses
GCU student entrepreneurs developing innovations in gaming and travel have been awarded funding from Santander Universities following a pitching competition.
GCU’s UHatch is an entrepreneurial hub initiative designed to support students, staff and alumni to develop their business skills and start up their own organisations. The UHatch companies each applied for up to £1000 from the Santander Universities Entrepreneurial Fund to help grow their business.
Stephen Chalmers has developed Altogether Travel, a holiday provider which helps older people or those with some form of disability to travel.
Doug Jagger is working on Yupty Ltd, a live music information site.
Catherine Truel’s business proposition is to develop an online interactive platform placing vetted global trade and customs compliance experts within the reach of every exporters or importers.
Irina Kovalova is setting up a game company and has developed Selfienation, a social-based game that offers players a variety of selfie challenges which won the Dare to be Digital 2015 competition and received a BAFTA Ones to Watch nomination.
Sam Hirst’s enterprise, Polyhedron, is working on a game called Code Monkeys, a multiplayer puzzle platform game with an emphasis on teamwork and communication.
GCU’s Professor Bruce Wood, the academic lead for UHatch, and Simone Bell and Tony Quinn from Santander Universities, highlighted the positive ongoing work of UHatch, which opened its doors in June 2014, and praised all the companies for their strong pitches.
Professor Wood said: “This represents an excellent start for the Entrepreneurial Fund. The panel were presented with a diverse range of ideas from companies that were looking to use the fund to strategically develop their ideas at the early stages of their business. I would like to thank Santander Universities for their support of this initiative and their wider support of GCU.”