Students take part in eco-friendly business challenge

Thu 15th November 2012

Students from universities in the South took part in a competition to hone their business skills and promote eco-friendly energy production. Sixty students took part in this year’s Dynamo Enterprise Challenge 2012, sponsored by the University of Southampton Science Park and WSX Enterprise - Fusion.

Rosalind Davies from Career Destinations at the University of Southampton organised the event in collaboration with local partner universities, she said: “This is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills in business and enterprise and gain valuable experience to show potential employers what they can achieve.”

Renewable Energy specialists SeaB challenged teams of young people from the universities of Bournemouth, Chichester, Portsmouth, Southampton, Southampton Solent and Winchester to pick a market sector, and pitch the commercial benefits of an anaerobic digester or ‘MUCKBUSTER®’ – which turns manures and food waste into biogas, electricity and fertiliser.

Nigel Dowler, Sales and Marketing Manager at SEaB, commented: “MUCKBUSTER® is a game changing technology in waste management and decentralised green energy generation. It offers great customer benefits and huge export potential. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the students would want to apply this technology in fresh and innovative ways.”

The students also heard from guest speakers with expertise in entrepreneurship, marketing and business start-up.

Peter Birkett, Chief Executive of the University of Southampton Science Park, added: “The Science Park is all about enterprise and growing business. By hosting this event, we hope to enthuse and inspire a new generation of talent and perhaps meet some of the business leaders of the future.”

This year’s Dynamo Enterprise Challenge, an annual inter-university enterprise competition, was hosted at the University of Southampton Science Park in Chilworth on Wednesday 14 November 2012, during Global Entrepreneurship Week (12-18 November).