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Enterprise interns take up residence

Posted on 22 July 2011

Eight student entrepreneurs, including a recently Sociology graduate, have taken up summer residence in the superb Ron Cooke Hub building under a new scheme offered by the University of York’s Careers Service.


The Enterprise Internships scheme is providing the prospective entrepreneurs – who represent six start-up businesses – with a place to work and enough money to meet their immediate living costs over the three months of summer vacation, allowing them to develop their business ideas.

The eight students were chosen from over 25 applicants and represent a diverse range of potential new businesses.

Nina Roussakoff recently graduated with a degree in Sociology and is working on a female-friendly computer games business, Dreamgate. She has been developing the idea since 2009 and hopes it will become her main occupation. Her aim during the summer is to finalise and launch her first game Steamgirl, which is already 70 per cent complete.

At the official opening of the student enterprise facilities in the Ron Cooke Hub in January, Nina tested her ideas with BBC’s online ‘Dragon’ and venture capitalist Julie Meyer, who confirmed that her ideas were worth pursuing.

Nina Roussakoff, aged 26, said: “Steamgirl is a game about a young woman discovering her talent for invention during the Steam Age. Like Steamgirl’s passion for gadgets, I have always had a passion for games and wanted to make them since I was 10 years old. When I presented my business plan, I never imagined it would get so much interest! Thanks to the University I am now able to fund music and artwork for the game and really give this project some spark.”

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