Coaches from as far afield as the Netherlands visited the University for a weekend of activities aimed at developing the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
The university teamed up with the Start-up Foundation to bring the internationally renowned SF Experience Teesside (formerly known as Evolv Weekend) to Middlesbrough.
Laura Woods, director of academic enterprise, said: "Encouraging entrepreneurship as a viable career path for students is one of our primary aims at Teesside University.
"This weekend proved that our students are brimming with great creative ideas. The Start-up Foundation Experience will help to give them the skills and knowledge they need to help turn their business aspirations into reality."
Headed up by Leon Pals, head of The Start-up Foundation in Rotterdam, the weekend focussed on Lean Start-up methodology where entrepreneurs develop and test business models with real customers.
As a result of their work over the weekend, three teams of students have been given Student Enterprise Awards of £1,000 each to test their start-up ideas with real customers.
At the start of the event, on the Friday evening, each team pitched a problem that they wanted to solve.
The winning start-ups were:
• Super Chopper – Peter Conlin, Credia Ineza and Shahbaz Khan – a business which aggregates online grocery shopping prices to deliver the best value shopping basket to your door.
• Your Style – Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma and Oliver Cheetham – an app that delivers instant peer-peer feedback on the users’ clothing and styling choices.
• Tech Help – Will Ridley and Abel Germa – a service that leverages technical knowhow to help older people choose, install and use technology products.
Each of the winners will also receive mentoring and support from high quality coaches.
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