Ze Macedo wins Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award

Kaizen Academy’s Ze Macedo gets royal approval

LU student entrepreneur, Ze Macedo, was awarded a Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award this week in recognition of his success with martial arts startup, Kaizen Academy.

Ze met HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, at a special awards ceremony organised and hosted by the University of Huddersfield. A serial student entrepreneur, Ze is co-founder of Kaizen Academy and is in his final year of a Politics, Philosophy and Economics degree.

Simon Harrison, Enterprise Team Project Manager, said;

We were delighted to nominate Ze for this award as he’s consistently demonstrated an entrepreneurial approach to university life, spotting opportunities and taking risks, trying new things and building on his learning from every situation.  His vision for Kaizen is clearly a synthesis of his passions, his study and his philosophical and creative outlook. The gym is already building bridges between students and the local community and transforming perceptions of martial arts.  He sets a great example for other FASS students to follow.

To find out more about Kaizen Academy and Ze’s award, read the press release here.


Big Ideas winners from Lancaster University!

Sebastien, Patrizia and Kyaw win £5000 with Santander Universities

copyright: Kirsten Holst

copyright: Kirsten Holst

From L-R: Sigga Sigurdardottir (Head of Customer and Innovation, Santander UK), Patrizia Carbone, Sebastien Combret and Kyaw Tun Sein

Three Lancaster University students have scooped first prize at the final of the Santander Big Ideas competition. Patrizia, Sebastien and Kyaw are all studying on the MSc International Innovation and flew back from China especially for the final event, held in London yesterday (21st March 2016).

The competition was set up to identify transformational ideas to overcome some of the key technological issues and bring digital innovation to the financial industry; Lancaster’s Project Gryphos have received £5000 to develop their idea for fingerprint, voice, heartbeat and SMS recognition for password authentication. Teams from the University of Surrey and Aston University also received £5000 after winning in the two other categories.

Matt Hutnell, Divisional Retail Director at Santander Universities said: “It’s vital that we encourage and reward entrepreneurial students to dare to challenge and innovate. Through Big Ideas, we asked students to create unique, forward thinking solutions with the potential to transform the sector.


The Big Ideas Executive Judging Panel included:

  • Juan Olaizola ‐ Santander UK’s Chief Operating Officer, Santander UK
  • Sigga Sigurdardottir ‐ Head of Customer and Innovation, Santander UK
  • Edward Metzger ‐ Head of Innovation T&O, Santander UK (Panel host)
  • Sergio Varela – Head of Solution and Innovation at ISBAN UK
  • Michelle Kent – Head of Digital, Santander UK
  • Aurore Hochard – Head of Entrepreneurship Programmes, Cass Business School

As part of their prize package, they have won £5000 and the opportunity to develop their idea with Santander’s Innovation team as well as great experience in pitching their ideas.

Congratulations Sebastien, Kyaw and Patrizia!

LU businesses win at Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Roomshake and @ShrimpingIt are LU winners


Cefn Hoile (PG), Zac Garton and Josh Jahans (UG) have won awards at the final of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards in London this week.

Cefn’s @ShrimpingIt offers open programmable electronics for UK educators and took third place in the postgraduate category of the national competition, whilst Roomshake, created by Zac and Josh, helps young professionals find flatmates and quality accommodation and was placed second of the undergraduate entries. Each of the six finalists have won cash prizes ranging from £1000 to £20,000.

Read more here.


The Great Enterprise Survey 2015 – Prize Winners!

And the winners are….


Thank you to everyone who completed the Great Lancaster Univeristy Enterprise Survey 2015. We had a great response and all the information you provided us will really help to tailor our service to your individual needs.

At our second Start Up Stories event on 5th March, members of the audience drew names out of a hat and we are pleased to announce the lucky first prize winner of an iPad Mini is:

  • Chih-Wei Mao (PG LUMS)

As promised, we also have five runner up prizes of Enterprise Book Bundles, so congratulations also to;

  • Yolina Stoyanova (UG LUMS)
  • Rachel Harrington (UG FST)
  • Agata Maslowska (PG LUMS)
  • Alex Robson (PG FST)
  • Alexandru Cosmin Bezman (UG LUMS)

Congratulations to all of our winners and once again, thank you to everyone who took part.

Even if you missed the deadline, completing the survey is a great way to tell us about you and your ideas to help us to make sure we’re able to identify the best support options for you.  Click here to complete it now (iPad not included!).

Image courtesy of Shutterstock, pending image of prize-winner and award.