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Pitching competition winner Julieta Ose, reports from the Student Enterprise Conference in Sheffield.

Thu, 27 February 2014

Shell LiveWIRE pitching competition winner Julieta Ose, reports from the Student Enterprise Conference in Sheffield.
When I got the chance to attend the Student Enterprise Conference at Sheffield Hallam University I was really excited. I launched my business two months ago after two years of research, so I was really hoping to get some useful hints and tips to take the business to the next stage. I was not disappointed.
I learnt so much from the different speakers, all of them encouraging us entrepreneurs to push ourselves and follow our dreams to get where we want to be in life. I was really impressed by the keynote talks from Steve Pateman from Santander and Russell Hall, one of the co-founders of taxi app Hailo. Russell spoke about the importance of getting the right people involved in your business from an early stage, people with the same passion and views as you. I also got loads of tips from a session on pitching products to retailers in the incubator room. Julia Gash from Bag It Don’t Bin It (BIDBI) gave us loads of tips on how to make the most of opportunities you get in front of major buyers, something I am hoping to do with my products.
I also got the chance to meet and network with so many like-minded people and the enthusiasm everyone had was infectious. I made some brilliant contacts including the people behind the Shell LiveWIRE competition. I saw loads of other people pitching their ideas and thought I would have a go at pitching my business for the £1,000 prize on offer. I really wasn’t expecting to do well and so I was really shocked when my name was called out as the winner and I had to pitch the business to a packed audience.
I’ve now signed up to a networking group I met at the event called the Ember Club and I’ve already met many more people who can help my business OxyOse. We produce a health drink that contains natural fruit juice, herbal extracts & vitamins, as well as pure oxygen. In the next few years I want to expand the business across the UK by setting up in gyms, spas, health clubs and shopping centres, as well as offering devices for home use. I believe that one day OxyOse will become a part of peoples daily lifestyle and attending the conference has set me on the way to doing this.
The 2014 Student Enterprise Conference was held at Sheffield Hallam University on the 15th and 16th February (hosted by the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs and Santander).

Article sourced from The Times


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