2010 Awards

The 2nd National Enterprise Educator Awards was hosted at Cardiff City Hall on 2nd September 2010 at the IEEC.

Enterprise Educator Award

Charmaine Myers
Sheffield Hallam University

“The Venture Matrix”

Charmaine was the overall winner of the ‘Enterprise Educators’ category in recognition of her outstanding work in transforming the enterprise curriculum. Charmaine was also recognised for her unique offering within the UK HE sector, and she was credited for her approach, commitment, motivation and attitude in embedding and operationalising a key activity as well as expanding the original idea model of The Venture Matrix.The Venture Matrix™ is a unique work-based learning scheme that aims to improve the enterprise skills and develop the employability of students by enhancing their entrepreneurial capabilities during their academic study. Within the Venture Matrix™ students are given the chance to tackle real-life challenges within a secure and safe environment whilst gaining new skills for their future employment. Students are able to set up their own simulated ventures or social enterprise and trade with each other, mirroring the real world, but in a risk-free environment. The Venture Matrix™ is open not only to students and University staff but also to organisations, businesses, and schools and colleges within the local region.

Charmaine said, “We’re delighted to have won this award. It is fantastic recognition of the work we have been doing to promote enterprise and employability within the curriculum at Sheffield Hallam University.  It will certainly raise the profile of enterprise within curriculum throughout the University”.


Enterprise ‘Champion’ Award

Helena Schulze
University of Southampton

“Student Enterprise Support”

Helena was the overall winner of the ‘Enterprise Champions’ category in recognition of her outstanding work in raising the profile of enterprise to students and staff and providing opportunities for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Helena’s students credit her infectious passion for entrepreneurship and innovation, coupled with her can do attitude which have set a fantastic example and made them believe that can achieve what they have planned to do.

Helena says: “This award is as much for the University as it is for me. None of this would have been possible without key people across the University, not just supporting but driving forward initiatives to create an enterprising culture that inspires our students to be the business leaders of tomorrow.”


Student Educator Award

Manchester Entrepreneurs
University of Manchester

“Manchester Entrepreneurs: Redefining Entrepreneurship”

The Student Educator Award sponsored by NACUE and Young Enterprise was won by Joseph Akinnagbe & team from University of Manchester for their work as a student society: Manchester Entrepreneurs: Redefining Entrepreneurship. Joseph was recognised by his institution for being a very impressive and innovative individual, with the ability to create, inspire and empower teams and individuals.

Geoff Roe, 2010-11 President says: “Since winning the NEEA award for Student Educator last year, Manchester Entrepreneurs has gone from strength to strength as we have been able to build on this recognition when approaching potential partners, speakers and sponsors.”


Outstanding Achievement Award

Doug Richard

The unique Outstanding Achievement award was also presented in recognition of an exceptional personal contribution supporting the educational agenda of student and graduate entrepreneurship across the UK. A unanimous decision by the awards committee to award Doug Richard for his commitment to enterprise education through the creation of School for Start-ups, development of the entrepreneurs manifesto and tireless work within the sector, providing profile and prestige to entrepreneurship education.