Nottingham Trent University student entrepreneur triumphs in enterprise awards

Nottingham Trent University's Business Management and Entrepreneurship student, Miles Waghorn, is celebrating after winning the 'Next Generation – New Business Idea' Award at the inaugural VentureFest East Midlands.

Nottingham Trent University's Business Management and Entrepreneurship student, Miles Waghorn, is celebrating after winning the 'Next Generation – New Business Idea' Award at the inaugural VentureFest East Midlands.

Miles is currently on a placement year at The Hive, the university's designated centre for entrepreneurship, enterprise and business incubation.

His award-winning company, TechSilver, started by Miles in late 2014, is an online based technology store specialising in innovative products and helpful services for the growing senior demographic.

He was presented with the prize - including £500 funding - by Simon Woodroffe OBE, founder of the YO! (Sushi) brand and a 'Dragons Den' originator.

Miles said: "Winning this award is a fantastic accolade not just for myself as an entrepreneur and my business but also for The Hive, who helped me to get to where I am today.

"TechSilver has already had a strong commercial presence both in the local community and the senior technologies industry but I will now be able to use my prize money to help with the marketing my e-commerce website."

Competition entrants had to create a two minute 'elevator pitch' style video, giving a brief summary of their business. Miles' submission was shortlisted to the final three by representatives from partner universities.

Following a vote by over 1,500 delegates at the event, Miles won his award category by a significant margin. Since his win Miles has entered the 'Santander 60 Second Pitch Awards' and you can vote for him through the Santander partner website.

Follow TechSilver on Twitter or visit their website.

Watch Miles' winning entry on YouTube or by searching for 'techsilver venturefest'.

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    The Hive is a purpose-built centre for entrepreneurship and enterprise at Nottingham Trent University. It supports the creation of new businesses as well as fostering the delivery of entrepreneurship education into the curriculum across the university. It primarily supports students and graduates of the university to set up and run their own businesses.

Nottingham Trent University student entrepreneur triumphs in enterprise awards

Published on 29 April 2015
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