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York student reaches new heights at Virgin Galactic HQ

Posted on 26 March 2013

University of York-supported student entrepreneur, Charlie Simpson-Daniel, took his ambitions to be a business leader of the future to new heights after meeting with Sir Richard Branson at his Virgin Galactic headquarters.

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 Simpson-Daniel

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.

Notes to editors:

  • The Commonwealth Day Observance is the UK’s largest multi-faith celebration and is attended by Her Majesty The Queen, the Prime Minister and many other VIPs.
  • Kings Biltong aims to bring high quality, tasty protein snacks to the masses and dispel the tasteless characteristics of protein shakes and bars with a delicious, natural alternative.
  • For further information about the enterprise opportunities at the University of York, including the upcoming enterprise internships and business plan competition, visit the Careers pages.

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