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Students rise to ‘Apprentice’ business challenge

Posted on 28 May 2009

Student entrepreneurs at the University of York will be demonstrating their business acumen next week in a local version of The Apprentice.

They will take part in four business-centred challenges in a single week in The Apprentice York which mirrors the successful television show starring Sir Alan Sugar.

We look forward to seeing some great innovative ideas from the teams

Suraj Gangani, President of The York Entrepreneurs

The event is organised by The York Entrepreneurs Society, a student-run group established four years ago to hone the skills of budding young entrepreneurs.

The challenges will be based on challenges seen in past series of the TV show and will revolve around presentation, event organisation and selling. The winning team will take home a cash prize of £1,000. 

The Apprentice York will be launched by the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor John Galvin in a ceremony at the University on Monday 1 June. The opening ceremony will include a keynote speech by the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Relations, Dr Chris Henshall. There will also be a speech by past Apprentice candidate Syed Ahmed.

So far the Apprentice York has been the most successful event the society has hosted with over 120 students applying to enter. However only 64 will be allowed to take part and these will be decided through a gruelling interview process this week.

Suraj Gangani, the President of The York Entrepreneurs, said: “This is the third time we have organised The Apprentice York and it is the biggest of the lot. We are grateful to everyone who has helped us to make it happen and we look forward to seeing some great innovative ideas from the teams.”


Notes to editors:

  • The York Entrepreneurs Society is a student-run society established four years ago at the University of York. It is based in the Vanbrugh Enterprise Zone and works closely with the University’s Research and Enterprise Office and the White Rose Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLE).
  • The York CETLE provides a wide range of facilities for new student businesses, including computer facilities, video conferencing and a base from which to begin the first steps into the world of business
  • CETLE also provides funding and support to academics from all disciplines seeking to develop new teaching and learning in enterprise. CETLE has so far helped 21 new modules and learning opportunities get underway at York in subjects as diverse as English Literature and Biology

Contact details

Matthew Freckelton,
The York Entrepreneurs Society

Tel 07917713263