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Kierhardy skates to success

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Congratulations to DOYYEC student Kierhardy Ansell who recently became runner up in the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2019, winning £15,000 worth of seed funding towards his innovative skating business.

Skate it Yourself provides skateboard lessons and parties for 5-19-year-olds at venues in Huddersfield and Halifax. Creating the idea for the business in his late teens, Kierhardy took the plunge in his second year at the University of Huddersfield and applied for the Enterprise Placement Year which allowed him to turn his dreams into a reality.

Kierhardy was judged as one of the top four students of the ninth Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2019. The prestigious University business pitching competition for students and recent graduates has grown to become established as one of the UK’s largest, and recognition in the awards is highly prized by budding entrepreneurs.

From over 151 entries from universities across the UK, twelve student businesses were shortlisted. These finalists were whittled down to the two winners following a tough selection process. This included each student having to pitch their business to a panel of business experts.

The winners were announced by Nathan Bostock, CEO of Santander UK, and received their awards from Susan Allen, Head of Retail and Business Banking, and Matt Hutnell, Director of Santander Universities in the UK, at the event held at the University of Westminster.

Nathan Bostock, Santander UK’s CEO, said: “We were truly impressed by the commitment, talent and inspiring ideas presented this year. We have a long-term commitment to supporting higher education and we are proud to take an active role in fostering entrepreneurship among university students.”

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