Congratulations to alumna Raquel Wing (MBA 2016) who was a runner-up in the Venture Development category in the E Club Pitching Competition at this year’s Startup Festival earlier in March.

Raquel is Founder and Managing Director of The Clean Hub, the world’s first dedicated business accelerator programme for natural beauty brands, which provides budding entrepreneurs a central platform to grow. From branding and intellectual property to product development and regulatory issues, the programme gives them the practical insights they need to build their businesses.

To find out more about Raquel’s business, read more in ‘The MBA grad hoping to clean up the beauty industry’.

Now in its twelfth year, the E Club Pitching Competition recognises the talent of students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh. The awards brought the Business School’s Startup Festival to a close. Over the course of 14 hours and through 16 free events, the festival saw more than 750 attendees come through the doors for talks, workshops and networking.

Alumni involved in the Startup Festival included George Mackintosh (BCom 1979) who brought his decades of experience in scale-ups, acquisitions, and exits to a talk entitled ‘Three things you don’t need to start up’. Also supporting the event was Liza Sutherland (MBA 2003) who shared her entrepreneurial experience in one2one sessions with interested attendees.