Plan ENVY, or Exciting New Ventures at York, is a business plan competition to identify new, creative and viable businesses capable of future growth and the Freelance Challenge, recognising and rewarding the student who makes significant progress in marketing their freelance skills.
Phil Daneshyar, second year Philosophy, Politics and Economics, took the top £2,000 prize in the Plan ENVY competition and Josh Sulkin, first year Politics, won the night’s other top prize, £1,500 for the Freelance Challenge.
The judges assessed Phil’s as the top in the ‘Outstanding Business’ category for his venture called ‘Thirsti’, which manufactures and sells a small device that tracks water consumption, and reminds people to drink.
Phil said: “When I first started Thirsti, in order to fund the development of the technology, I had to sell a large proportion of the company for a significantly lower price than I'd have liked.
“The deal allowed me to buy back full ownership within 18 months. Winning Plan Envy has enabled me to regain this ownership, something I've wanted to do since the deal was made”.
Other finalists included George MacGill and Billy Cotter who took home the ‘most robust plan’ prize for their hot tub hire business Hello Hot Tubs.
The ‘most innovative concept’ prize went to Jon Holden of Next Generation Aquaculture, while language and linguistic science student Jacob Peatfield was highly commended for his high end accessories business Traveller’s Flag.
Freelance winner Josh Sulkin, who won the award for his freelance marketing business MediaFear, said “Winning this competition is the best thing that's happened to both me and my business. It's opened a lot of doors and given me the resources needed to take the company to the next level”
Hosted by the Careers team at the University, and funded by Santander, the Plan ENVY competition and Freelance Challenge competitions provide an opportunity for York’s young entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses.
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