Success for Keele's student entrepreneurs

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Cupcakes from winning business Cupcake Yourself

Posted on 08 June 2011

Students, graduates and staff joined in the celebrations at Keele Hall last Friday for the Speed Stars Awards 2011. The all day event celebrated the graduation of 16 start-up businesses from the SPEEDWM and EFS programmes, which are coordinated by the Student Enterprise team in Research and Enterprise Services.

The day included ten minute presentations by each business, outlining their business’ development and the challenges they have overcome. Each start-up business also showcased their products and services in an exhibition throughout the day. 

Each presentation was judged by a panel of business experts which included Dr Sharon George (School of Physical and Geographical Sciences), Dr Peter Hooper (Research and Enterprise Services), Mike Cole (Michelin Development Fund) and Steve Moore (Wolverhampton University). 

The Judges awarded prizes of £1500, £750 and £500 to the top three presenters to go towards the development of the business start-ups.

The winners, who are all recent Keele graduates, were Kath Warrilow, for her cupcake company, Cupcake Yourself (1st place), Michael Amaning, for his online comic book novel website, Rentmyhero Ltd (2nd place) and Kat Halsall and Kris Rodway, for their portable mini golf and skittles business, Putt&Pins Ltd (3rd place). The other businesses participating ranged from fine silver jewellery to green technology for carbon footprint reduction.

Cupcake Yourself ( ) also won an additional £500 as the Student Choice for Best Overall Business.

Student Enterprise Manager, Dee Frankish, said: “It was a brilliant day for all our young entrepreneurs who have shown such commitment over the last nine months, with some of them travelling from London, Cheltenham, Oxford and Chester. 

“Their presentations were excellent and painted a really good picture of the way their businesses have progressed, with all of them stating their intention to continue trading after the end of the programme.”

For more information about student enterprise at Keele see and