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Williton entrepreneur in the making
1:00pm Tuesday 27th May 2014 in News
A STUDENT from Williton is celebrating after being singled out as one of a select few with potential to be a world class entrepreneur.
Andrew Martin, 23, who goes to Portsmouth University, is just one of 30 students from across the UK chosen to take part in a year-long programme by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation.
Andrew is in the final year of a games technology degree course. In autumn, he will join the 29 others who have won a place on the programme, benefitting from mentoring from successful entrepreneurs.
He said: “It feels so amazing to have come this far and successfully achieved a place on the programme. “I’ve always been fascinated with entrepreneurship and cannot wait to learn from some of the most outstanding entrepreneurs within the UK.
“I started a number of different start-up companies whilst at university and thought this programme seemed ideal to further my knowledge and business acumen.”
The programme is open to final-year students who in addition to showing business acumen and passion have launched or help launch a business venture. Andrew set up his own company with four friends while on placement last year.
The Little Kraken Games Studios is an entertainment software developer that specialises in mobile and web content.
Andrew added: “Within three months of creating the startup company we had a revenue stream in excess of £100,000, a software development contract, and a number of interested clients.
“We went from strength to strength, meeting our initial outline goal and bringing a product to market.
“Over the year there were numerous ups and down and learning from mistakes was almost a daily occurrence.
“But despite the highs and the lows I wouldn’t change this experience as it has truly raised my personal desire to own and operate my own business.”
Course leader Dr Mark Eyles said: “Andrew is an exceptional student who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that we seek to instil in our students.”
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