Southampton students have proven that they have business know how and entrepreneurial spirit last week as the Student Enterprise Awards were held by SETsquared at St Mary’s Stadium

SETsquared is a partnership of the universities of Southampton, Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Surrey, and the awards night brought together the top entrepreneurs of the universities together. There was victory for the Southampton as our students and graduates picked up a number of prizes on the night. They included:

• SanEco (winner, Best Student Enterprise) – SanEco is a social enterprise business that empowers communities using sanitation and empowers entrepreneurs to change their own lives and their communities forever.
• DividaBill (winner, Best Graduate Enterprise) – The graduate business was set up by Jon and Saumeel, who had trouble with dealing with their bills while studying at the University of Southampton. They decided to solve the problem by setting up a business where customers can sign up once and all their bills are set up and managed. The system saves over £100 a year compared to leading providers.
• Metix Ltd (winner, Best Game Changing Enterprise) – a medical technology company that is developing a robust handheld vital signs monitor called COREMED® Aid.

Metix Ltd celebrated twice as it also picked up the coveted People’s Choice Award on the evening, which came with a £500 cash prize. The company’s marketing director, Peter Street, said: “It’s a huge honour to be voted the People’s Choice out of all of the companies that were pitching. Choosing entrepreneurship as a career path may seem daunting to some university students but there is so much support out there from organisations such as SETsquared, The University of Southampton and Fish on Toast, the University’s entrepreneurial society. Their advice and mentoring has helped us get our business off the ground and I’d urge any young person with a good business idea to take the leap and go for it.”

The evening also saw inspirational talks from local business leaders. Max Toti, managing director and chief technology officer of Captec Ltd, gave guests his advice on how to become a successful entrepreneur. An alumni of the University of Southampton, he is a visiting lecturer for UK technology universities on innovation, entrepreneurship and wealth creation.

David Bream, director of SETsquared at the University of Southampton, said: “There is so much entrepreneurial talent in Southampton and we are immensely proud of all our students and graduates who pitched at the event. They have some fantastic business ideas with the potential to develop into significant companies that generate wealth and jobs for the local economy.”