Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Winners of the national Spirit of SIFE Award, 2010

The Newcastle University SIFE Team applied to the ncl+ Foundation for a grant that would enable seven team members to attend and compete at the SIFE National Competition held in Canary Wharf, London on 21 and 22 April 2010.

SIFE is an international non-profit organisation that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilise university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

We delivered a 15 minute multi-media presentation to a panel of judges, made up of business leaders. We presented our two main projects: The Dufatanye Project and The Queen Bee Project. We also outlined our plan to build a sustainable future for SIFE Newcastle University.

The Newcastle University SIFE Team won the 2010 Spirit of SIFE Award at the National Competition. The feedback from the judges was very positive, commending us on an 'excellent' presentation.

The SIFE National Competition was such a valuable experience - it not only provided the team with the opportunity to showcase our projects on a national stage but from a personal perspective we have all learnt so much and gained in confidence. We now need to ensure that we build on our success and create a sustainable future for SIFE Newcastle.

We received support from the Careers Service including one of its Entrepreneurs in Residence, Angie McLean. Claire Adamson, SIFE University Adviser and Angie McLean attended the National Competition with us.

Had it not been for the financial support we received from the ncl+ Foundation we would not have been able to attend the National Competition. We are intending to follow up with Emily Leaper and Georgia Morgan-Wynne regarding the formation of a SIFE Union Society.