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Business School success at Inspire Launch Grow Awards

08 June 2017

Two School alumni shared the top prize in the Enterprise category, while a PhD-led social enterprise was named Social and Environmental award winner.

The student enterprises were honoured at Edinburgh Research and Innovation’s Inspire Launch Grow Awards, which celebrate University of Edinburgh staff, researchers, and students who start businesses or social enterprises.

2016 graduate Sam Howarth and business partner Jack Ryder scooped to Enterprise Award, for their idea Bump. Billed as an eBay in reverse for sneaker

Cavid Nadirov accepts his Enterprise award

Fellow graduate Cavid Nadirov shared the top prize for GetGuided, an online marketplace connecting travellers with local tour guides.

Turing Trust founder and Edinburgh PhD James Turing was also named Social and Environmental Award winner, for his work to bring computers to communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

James Turing accepts his Social Enterprise award


As well as studying at the School, all share E Club award success in common – having each been recognised by the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club’s network of more than 3,000 students, alumni, researchers and faculty in the past few years.

The awards are supported by LAUNCH.ed, the University’s support service for ambitious entrepreneurs.

Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean of University of Edinburgh Business School, said:

“It is so pleasing to see our alumni and students pursuing their entrepreneurial ambitions and being recognised for their innovation.

“Entrepreneurship is woven in to the fabric of the Business School. From our dedicated Masters programme and specialist courses covering creativity and new venture creation, to the E Club and the Startup Festival, we are committed to fostering the spirit of innovation.

“I wish them all the very best of luck for their future.”