Panel impressed in start up final

Startup! Stamford final at New College Stamford, April 2015. Finalist Joe Hambleton speaks to the panel. Photo: Lee Hellwing. EMN-150428-110702001

Startup! Stamford final at New College Stamford, April 2015. Finalist Joe Hambleton speaks to the panel. Photo: Lee Hellwing. EMN-150428-110702001

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Two young entrepreneurs have been given the chance to develop their businesses after impressing in the final of an enterprise contest.

Both Cameron Jarvis and Joe Hambleton walked away from the Start Up! Stamford final on Thursday last week with a promise of investment.

Cameron’s idea for an all-in-one computer repair and supply business won over the panel of judges in the Dragons’ Den-style event, and he was declared the overall winner.

His prize was initial funding of up to £5,000, provided by sponsorship from businesses in the area, and mentoring from a variety of specialists.

But the other finalist Joe Hambleton also came away feeling happy after an audience member decided to back his idea for a fashion brand.

Marketing expert and business coach Martin Fox, who came up with the idea for the competition, was delighted with the result. He said: “The presentations were outstanding.

“It wasn’t just the presentation itself, but the research they had both done and the way they answered questions from the panel.

“They both have bright futures ahead of them.”

The final, held at New College Stamford, was watched by an audience of about 50. It included family members, college staff and representatives from businesses across the area.

Most were impressed with what they saw. Mr Fox said: “There is the possibility of setting up a Start Up! Rutland competition because it worked so well.

“A lot of people said they hoped it would happen again next year. It depends on the time and resources that we have got but it will be back, because it went so well.

“It was great to give them the opportunity and see how they rose to it.”

Originally there were three finalists, but Mitchell Jones, who set up an online remote control vehicle business, had to withdraw at the last minute.