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StartUp Sussex winners head to Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards semi-final

Lana Harper

Mustafa Khraishi and Fergus Morris

Following success at the 2019 StartUp Sussex Awards in April, Lana Harper and Mustafa Khraishi are heading to the semi-finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards on Monday 24 June.

The heat, taking place at the University of Greenwich, will see the Sussex representatives pitch their businesses to a panel of experienced judges. They will be competing with entrants from other universities in the south of England and London.

English Literature PhD graduate Lana will showcase Write Now, an app that trains students and young professionals in the fundamentals of good written communication.

BSc Biology graduate Mustafa and his business partner Fergus Morris will present their diagnostic ‘point of care’ test for septic meningitis.

Simon Chuter, Student Enterprise Manager at the Sussex Innovation Centre and StartUp Sussex judge, said: “Both Lana and Mustafa really impressed the esteemed StartUp Sussex panel. Now it’s time to take their business ideas to the next level and test them out against competition from across London and the south-east. The team and I at the Sussex Innovation Centre wish them every success.”

Launched in 2011, the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards are among the UK’s largest student and graduate pitching competitions.

Up to 12 businesses will progress to the national final in October. The finalists will receive £500 of seed funding and additional support through an accelerator week in August.

Santander Universities was introduced in the UK in 2007 and the bank now has partnerships with more than 80 universities, providing over £10m of funding in 2018 to support university staff and students.

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 20 June 2019