Middlesex University London dance performance students Bethany Flower and Jasmine St Cliere have been shortlisted for the pre-start up business category at the 2017 Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards which will be hosted at Middlesex on 26 June.
The duo’s business proposal, Agent Dance, focuses on providing qualified and skilled dance coaches to schools around the region.
Bethany Flower said: “We are extremely grateful to be in the running for this award and we hope to secure some investments enabling us to enhance children’s’ active lifestyles and increase the employability skills of students.”
Santander has held an annual business pitching competition called the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards since 2011.
These awards are aimed at giving a financial boost to student and graduate business ventures in their early stages from their UK partner universities.
Participants in the awards can win cash prizes, mentoring and start-up support. Businesses are competing for a share of the £82,000 prize money as well as access to a range of other prizes designed to support and help grow their business.
David Williams, Director of Global Corporate Engagement at Middlesex University said: “We are delighted to host these awards and especially so in the year when Middlesex University has their first ever finalists.
“Agent Dance is a great idea and the business has benefited from input and coaching from staff across the university and from their entry into the Barnet Entrepreneurial Competition earlier in the year which included a weekend of entrepreneur boot camp activities.
“We wish them every success for next week.”