Posted on 26 March 2013
Charlie was one of the select few invited to meet with the Virgin Group founder as a way of fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs. This exclusive event took place after the Commonwealth Day Observance, at which Charlie was one of only two UK businesses chosen to represent Start-Up Loans, which is a government-backed scheme, through which Charlie has received funding.
With the theme of this year’s Observance being ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’, Charlie, who runs Kings Biltong, an up-and-coming health food company, is aware of the opportunities such an honour may bring. "It was in every aspect an education for me to meet Sir Richard Branson. Meeting a man who has not just experienced incredible success in business, but who was able to walk around the room offering sandwiches to aspiring, young entrepreneurs and listen to their stories was inspiring. It was an absolute pleasure to meet Richard and an experience I will not forget."
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Richard and an experience I will not forget
Charlie, who is a second year Management student, has been helped along his entrepreneurial journey through proof of concept funding and support from the University of York’s student enterprise team. As Jessica Noon, Enterprise Officer in Careers, said, "Charlie is going from strength to strength with his business and the fact that he was invited to attend such a prestigious event comes at an exciting time for his company. He is a fantastic example of the potential of our student entrepreneurs."
In addition to funding, there are a number of ways students can get involved in enterprise whilst at The University of York, including attending the Graduate Entrepreneurship Project’s Entrepreneurs’ Bootcamp, applying for an enterprise internship and entering Careers’ Plan ENVY business plan competition, which has a first prize of £2,000.