13 July 2015 16:34

Two businesses started by Lancaster University students have been recognised in prestigious national business awards. 

Roomshake, which has created a way for young professionals to find flat mates and quality accommodation, and @ShrimpingIt, which offers programmable electronics for teachers, enabling them to create their own digital devices, have won second and third prizes, respectively, in the Santander Universities Enterprise Awards.

Roomshake, which was founded by Zac Garton and Josh Jahans, was one of five shortlisted companies in the Undergraduate category, while @ShrimpingIt, started by Cefn Hoile, was one of five companies shortlisted in the Postgraduate category.

Both student start-ups have received support and advice from the Lancaster Enterprise Centre.

Simon Harrison, Enterprise Champion Project Manager, said: “We’re delighted to see students from Lancaster doing so well in the final of this competition in both categories. Their achievements are down to their enterprising spirit, innovative outlook and hard work.

“The Santander prizes provide a fantastic boost to their confidence and potential so we’re look forward to working with them now to take things to the next level.”

More information about Santander Universities’ work with enterprise can be found by emailing sarah.lonergan@santander.co.uk