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On Friday November 20th, headline sponsor Tata Ltd, partners and attendees witnessed another outstanding virtual Tata Varsity Pitch Competition Grand Final, powered by NACUE. The online event was held in partnership with Digital Catapult. Our seven finalists had already faced intense competition at this year’s semi-finals as they battled it out to win the grand prize of £15,000 equity free funding.

The semi-finals were judged by companies within the Tata group including colleagues from Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Communications, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Consumer Products. …


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The virtual 2-day Bootcamp of the Tata Varsity Pitch Competition 2020, powered by NACUE, took place last week on Monday 26th October and Tuesday 27th October 2020.

Throughout the course of Day One of the Bootcamp, held in partnership with Tata Consultancy Services, the seven finalists had the opportunity to meet with seven industry experts. …


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Emma Obanye began her journey as an entrepreneur when she sold her first business BuddyBounce to Crowdmix in 2016, after raising £400,000 to build it. Since then, Emma has grown businesses Mindful Team and The Retrospective Game. Emma is now Head of Delivery of OneTech at Capital Enterprise.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur and start your own business?

The female role models in my life normalised business and showed me that entrepreneurship was something I could do. My Mum had a side hustle fabric business and a catering one at one point too. My older sister talked to me loads about business and gave me books to read. …


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The virtual semi-finals of the Tata Varsity Pitch Competition 2020, powered by NACUE, took place on Thursday 15th October 2020, for six places in the Grand Final, a chance to win £15,000 equity free and a coveted national title. This year’s Tata Varsity Pitch Competition 2020 saw a record of 604 entries!

Thirty participant businesses were selected to pitch in six designated categories, each had just two minutes to pitch their business followed by a five minutes Q&A session with the category judges. The judging panel altered with each category to ensure the semi-finalists were being judged by relevant Tata group experts. …


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Kay Kukoyi CSM FITOL is a Software Delivery Specialist, global tech startup mentor, author, speaker, and lecturer.
She has written 5 books for entrepreneurs and SMEs, including the Amazon international bestseller, Don’t Hire a Software Developer Until You Read this Book, and has been recognised on the #IB100, the Financial Times and Inclusive Boards list of the 100 Most Influential BAME Leaders in the UK Technology Sector.
Kay is the CEO and Founder of Purposeful Group, which encompasses several brands that support and empower thousands of entrepreneurs around the world through books, mentoring, masterclass workshops, programmes and on and offline startup communities, including Tech Startup Academy™, a global community and centre for learning that supports tech startup founders creating software from scratch to help them start and grow their businesses, and Freelancer Academy™ for freelancers, coaches and consultants starting online businesses. …


A Guest Blog by Jessica Stone

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Technology is one of the reasons that the world is growing this fast, it has made life easier for thousands of individuals, but during the times of COVID-19 not only it has helped people in the business sector but also the education sector. With the Covid-19 accelerating at a higher pace, all educational institutes have been shut down for a while now, to control the pandemic situation. It was also the appropriate and necessary measure for the students and the staff’s safety. But education wasn’t put on hold, as it was shifted on the virtual school model.

Online applications can be very informative; these apps have helped students in self-learning, with the help of these learning apps it is easy for the students to understand their courses properly. …


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Rachael Corson is the Co-founding Director of Afrocenchix Ltd, a sustainable and ethical brand challenging beauty standards to provide safe products for black and mixed heritage women.

With a background in trichology, Rachael also spends her time writing myth busting blogs about afro hair and running Hair Care 101 workshops to educate our community and promote good afro-hair practices.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur and start your own business?

Afrocenchix began when Joycelyn and I met at the University of Birmingham in 2008. She was studying sociology, I was studying Law and we bonded over our frustrations about afro hair products that just didn’t work.

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Our quest to find the perfect safe, effective products finally ended when we created our own. We wanted to make sure that what we made was kind to people and the planet. I was especially keen on creating products which were gentle enough for children as my eczema is easily triggered! …


On Tuesday the 11th of August, NACUE hosted a Q&A Webinar session the Tata Varsity Pitch Competition #VP2020.

It gave potential applicants the opportunity to clear up any burning questions they had, whilst also being able to receive advice from Tata.

Below is a summary of the answers shared.

Are there categories that are less popular?

It’s not so much about which categories are more or less popular but rather which are most relevant. For example, if you apply to a category that’s not relevant then you’re not going to get through anyway. …


How they’ve grown and adapted to overcome Covid-19

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The Tata Varsity Pitch 2020, as powered by NACUE is right around the corner with applications opening on the 3rd June. To help aid your own applications, or inspire you to do so if you’re as of yet unsure, we approached Varisity Pitch Alumni to ask how the competition has shaped their businesses.

As a finalist of our competition, we’d like to find out what has happened to you since the competition — the good, the bad and the ugly.

The BioFactory, Founder Eoin Sharkey

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Since last year’s competition, The BioFactory has grown from just one employee, to five. They’ve successfully raised private equity investment to match an InovateUK grant saying “we’ve found the right investors that will provide more than just cash”. Because of this funding, The BioFactory have been able to lanch their development phase, this will enable them to commercialise, starting to manufacture and distribute at scale. …


Without dramatically increasing your workload

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As many around the globe remain in various states of lockdown, maintaining an online presence has never been more important. It might seem an overwhelming task, when the whole world is competing to achieve similar outcomes. That’s why we at NACUE want to help you. With these simple digital marketing tools, you can increase your brand’s online presence without spending hours of time doing it.

Social Media

Perhaps the biggest mistake Entrepreneurs make in their social media strategies is ignoring their audience, and focusing on what social media platforms they personally prefer. The simple truth is different platforms appeal to different people, and if you’re using Twitter to advertise your dance club for teenagers, you’re never going to achieve the engagement rates you deserve. …

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