Enterprise Showcase 2017

The Enterprise Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate some of the amazing entrepreneurial talent of our students, graduates and staff on show at the University of Portsmouth.

Thank you to all those who were involved in this year’s event.

Startups to Watch

This year we invited 17 of the Startups we are working with to exhibit their businesses, more details can be found below.


Award winners

As part of the event we had a series of awards, some of which are nominated by the nest team and others by you – the general public.

Our 2017 award winners are as follows:


Route to Startup Award

1st – William Davies (Faculty of Science)

2nd – Benjamin Campbell (Faculty of Technology)

3rd – Alex Harvey (Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries)


Self-employment placement Award

1st – Valentin Mangu, Ace Dot Services – (Portsmouth Business School)

Joint 2nd – Ben Campbell & Oliver Pennington, Polar Digital – (Faculty of Technology)

Joint 2nd – Denis Brzozowski, Wolfden Creative – (Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries)


Social Startup Award

1st – Holly Farmer (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)

2nd –  Joanne Scott (Graduate)


Enterprise Educators Award

1st – Penny Hart (Faculty of Technology)

2nd – Mark Turner (Faculty of Science)

3rd – Emma Austin (Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries)


Alumni Recognition award

Nathan Cable, Party Hard Travel


Staff Entrepreneurial Spirit of the year (Public nominated award)

1st – Susan Noble, Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries

2nd – Omar Saleh – Portsmouth Business School

Joint 3rd – Emma Coppins – Faculty of Science

Joint 3rd – Pat Smith – Portsmouth Business School


Entrepreneurial Spirit of the year (Public nominated award)

1st – Aslak Butler (Portsmouth Business School)

2nd – Ming Wu (Faculty of Technology)

3rd – Sam Asiri (Graduate)


Startup of the Year (Public nominated award)

1st – The Maker’s Guild – Sam Asiri & Ming Wu (Faculty of Technology & Graduate)

Joint  2nd – Ace Dot Services, Valentin Mangu (Portsmouth Business School)

Joint  2nd – Polar Digital, Ben Campbell & Oliver Pennington (Faculty of Technology)


Details of all of our public nominations can be seen here:


The winner of the Startup of the Year Award received a great prize package from our sponsors consisting of:

  • Accountancy support from Addo Accounting worth over £500
  • Legal consultation with Warner Goodman LLP worth £300
  • Sales and marketing consultation with Little Kanga worth £250
  • £229 of credits on 99designs for any graphic design service on the platform
  • Mentoring and access to business connections with Santander Universities
  • £200 of Uber credits for to help you get to your critical business meetings in style

Thank you to our sponsors of our Startup of the Year prize package:

Check out the fantastic video produced by two of our first year students highlighting some of the key achievements of our entrepreneurial students, graduates and staff over the last year.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved in our Enterprise Showcase 2018 please email or call us on 023 9284 3543.