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Turning our students’ business ideas into reality

 January 18, 2016 | Simon Jenkins

Enterprise Scholar Dan Pilgrim is the first to admit that his graphic design business aims to buck a significant trend: “We live in a world where print material seems to be dying out,” he says.

But guided by the University’s award-winning business support service SPARK, Dan (Graphic and Communication Design 2014) has established Logan and Saul, which is creating bespoke brochures and artwork for clients to whom print remains important.

“We used the funding to print business cards, establish our website and print a small publication which was a showcase of Yorkshire, and was a ready-made example of what Logan and Saul could offer,” he says. “It got our name out there.”

“I’m a great believer that print isn’t dead,” says Dan. “There is still the need to design high-quality, particularly for the arts and culture sector, and this is where I see my business specialising.”

With the help of people like you, SPARK offers a range of opportunities to inspire students like Dan to think entrepreneurially and develop their business ideas. This support enabled us to establish the Undergraduate Enterprise Scholarship, the first of its kind in the UK, which provides students with a tailored package of support to give their business the very best chance of success, including:

  • One-to-one business advice;
  • Guidance from financial, legal, sales and sector experts;
  • Proof-of-concept funding;
  • A place at an intensive two-day Business Bootcamp where experts help get their ideas into shape;
  • Networking opportunities and support for collaborations between separate student enterprises.

Your support could give a student the chance to develop their business idea, creating employment and prosperity for themselves and for others. Without it, their great idea might never get off the ground.

As Dan says: “It’s very hard to set up a business these days; the support from Leeds really got me started.” “I’m tremendously grateful. It has set me up for where I want to go in life.”

Turning our students’ business ideas into reality