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Entrepreneurial alumni shortlisted in Great British Entrepreneurs Awards

Entrepreneurial alumni shortlisted in Great British Entrepreneurs Awards

2 August 2021

Two former Newcastle University graduates have made the shortlist of the 2021 Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Mike Davies (BSc Computer Science, 2018) and Louisa Rogers (MA Arts, Business and Creativity, 2016) have both been shortlisted in not one, but two categories in this year’s awards.

Mike is the Co-Founder and COO of Haystack, a data insights and careers marketplace app that was developed with the support of the University’s START UP team. He has been shortlisted in the Start-up Entrepreneur and Young Entrepreneur of the Year category. His entrepreneurial efforts have also been recognised by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which has named him one of their 2021 Emerging Talent finalists in the North East Entrepreneurial Awards.

Joining him in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards shortlist is Louisa, who founded sustainable fashion companies Trendlistr Vintage and Studio Courtenay. She has also been shortlisted both the Sustainability and Fashion and the Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year category.

Trendlistr was also supported by Newcastle’s START UP service. Louisa received a START UP Foundership from the University in 2016-17, enabling her to accelerate the creation of Trendlistr by providing access to office space, intensive business advice, development grants and network introductions.

Starting as a pop-up shop in the North East, expanding Trendlistr’s online reach has allowed Louisa to reach customers in 48 countries and work with clients such as Givenchy, Etro, Mulberry and ASOS.

Launched in 2012, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards celebrate and champion the entrepreneurs behind brilliant businesses. More than just an awards ceremony, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards is a community of support all year round, connecting winners and finalists and giving them a platform to showcase their business.

Good luck to both Mike and Louisa in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards ceremony!