Student wins Dragons' Den help
PUBLISHED: 10:47 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:06 26 October 2009
A DRAGONS' Den winner is to pass on the wealth of their knowledge to a student who won a budding entrepreneur competition. Hajrë Hyseni, from Hatfield, was given a £6,000 bursary to kick start his company, along with 12 hours consultancy from Dragons Den
A DRAGONS' Den winner is to pass on the wealth of their knowledge to a student who won a budding entrepreneur competition.
Hajrë Hyseni, from Hatfield, was given a £6,000 bursary to kick start his company, along with 12 hours consultancy from Dragons' Den success story, Igloo Thermo Logistics, after he was crowned Flare Entrepreneur 2008.
Hajrë, who is studying for a postgraduate qualification in business at the University of Hertfordshire, was also given free university-owned accommodation for a year.
He impressed the judges with his idea to set up a company to use the web and creative talents of young people in Kosovo to provide web development services for UK companies.
Hajrë said: "Flare has given me extraordinary confidence for the future and in the potential of my business.
"I don't see limits, I see opportunities.
"It is without doubt the most exciting and most profound learning experience I have had as a student.
"My idea stemmed from the passion I have about the power of web opportunities."
Nigel Culkin, head of enterprise and entrepreneurial development at the university, said: "It's obvious from the number and quality of entries that we have a large and growing community of aspiring entrepreneurs.
"Flare is one of the many opportunities that we provide our students and staff to test and develop their enterprising skills and that's what is really exciting at the University of Hertfordshire.
"It's not only the winners who benefit. The feedback from such highly respected businesspeople is invaluable to all our entrants as they commence on their entrepreneurial journey.
"This year Flare was bigger and better than ever and the final at Tower Bridge was a day to remember for everyone involved."
From the other 10 finalists, narrowed down from an original 60 entries, the judges awarded various runners-up prizes.
Ideas from the entrepreneurs crossed a wide range of sectors from recruitment to catering to health and fitness.
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