RAU student nominated for national enterprise award
Theo Wasserberg, International Business Management student at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester, has been shortlisted for Student Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE).
Theo founded his travel clothing inspired business Tahouts during his third year of university, whilst also running the University’s enterprise society. He was nominated for the award by his peers, for his outstanding contribution to entrepreneurship and support for his fellow students.
Johnny Luk, NACUE CEO, said: “I’m thrilled that Theo has been shortlisted. His commitment to driving entrepreneurship at his university has been huge, alongside running his own businesses and studying for a degree. The Royal Agricultural University is a fantastic example of the entrepreneurial activity taking place at universities across the UK. They are testing their ideas, running profit generating ventures and gaining invaluable experience for their working lives.”
The shortlisted nominations will be reviewed by a tough judging panel, and announced at the NACUE’s Leaders Summit in Manchester on Friday 22 April – an event which celebrates and unites student entrepreneurs and societies.
Theo is President of the RAU Enterprise Society and a Student Entrepreneur in Residence; providing peer mentoring for students starting out on their own entrepreneurial journey. He was runner up in the 2015 RAU Grand Idea business competition, and received £250 to invest into his business.
Theo Wasserberg said: “I feel very privileged to have been nominated for this award. It's been a really great year and this just caps it off. I am very grateful to everyone that has helped me and to the enterprise department at the RAU.”
Theo started his business with the support of the University’s dedicated Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme, which provides support throughout the start-up journey. Through tailored workshops, mentoring, and business competitions, students (and recent graduates) are able to develop their business ideas whist continuing with their studies. In 2014/15, nine businesses launched thanks to the support of the enterprise programme. Visit www.rau.ac.uk/enterprise
Theo commented: “The Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme has been enormously helpful in enabling me turn a figment of my imagination into a real tangible business. It has also provided me with a strong network of contacts, which will help me to grow the business going forwards.”