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Our students and graduates have launched thriving businesses, thanks to the support available from 亚虎体育.

Signing up tennis star Sir Andy Murray could prove a match-winning strategy for the sportswear company Castore co-founded by 亚虎体育 graduate Philip Beahon.

苏格兰王牌安迪爵士, a three-time Grand Slam tournament victor and two-time Olympic champion, will not only don Castore's premium men's sportswear – he will also be on the board and is a shareholder in the business.

Castore, which is currently enjoying 100% year-on-year growth, was awarded one of the University’s 启动 Founderships.

自2014年推出以来, 28个企业, 在多个行业部门经营, 已经被授予 Founderships. 他们有 created close to 100 jobs and have a turnover of more than £11.1m.

支持和资助

启动 帮助在校学生和应届毕业生 (最长三年)谁想 作为一个独立的专业人士工作 没有员工,或 和员工一起开公司.

除了提供共同工作的空间, there’s one-to-one support from a team of advisers, alumni entrepreneurs and a network of industry experts, 投资者和有影响力的人.

被授予 a Foundership means access to a maximum of £17,500. 总共10英镑,1万发展基金和7英镑,500英镑生活费(11英镑),250年创始人). 它的资金完全来自捐款.

Brothers Tom and Phil Beahon, co-founders of Castore.

Philip, who studied law at 纽卡斯尔 between 2011 and 2014, says: “The Foundership was genuinely integral in helping Castore get off the ground.

"It taught us a number of valuable lessons and also 帮亚虎官网介绍了第一个投资人, who has invested in all three rounds of funding since.”

其实,总计约 £8m external investment has so far been raised for the fledgling companies that 已经被授予 a Foundership.

Philip, on the right of the picture with his brother, Tom, adds: “I think it is vital that 亚虎体育 continues to support entrepreneurs and gives students the opportunity to explore ideas.”

启动 also provides eligible international graduates with up to two years’ leave to remain in the UK to start a company.

更多的 than 50 such graduates have followed this route, and many have gone on to secure extended leave to establish their businesses.

高企的能源

出生的约翰逊费尔南德斯, 谁是基金会的受益人, gained both a Master’s degree and a PhD (the latter in electrical and electronic engineering) during his time at 纽卡斯尔 between 2009 and 2016.

他创办的公司Equiwatt已经做到了 developed a system that tracks household energy consumption 并自动 switches off household devices to save energy during peak times when electricity supply is inefficient and expensive.

The idea came to him while studying his bachelor's degree in India, 停电并不罕见的地方. He said: “I realised that balancing supply and demand of energy was a global problem. The UK, for example, spends billions on protecting the grid from blackouts and power outages.”

It is a fantastic start-up opportunity for young entrepreneurs with bold ambitions, 但是不知道从哪里开始. 对我来说, it provided the balance between coaching and independence.

Johnson Fernandes, Equiwatt的创始人

Equiwatt的 智能能源管理平台 can coordinate usage across thousands of households, says Johnson, cutting the cost of peak-time energy and reducing the CO2 impact 也.

约翰逊对基金会赞不绝口. He said: “It is a fantastic start-up opportunity for young entrepreneurs with bold ambitions, 但是不知道从哪里开始. 对我来说, it provided the balance between coaching and independence to enable me to grow into a technology entrepreneur.”

Equiwatt的系统 currently undergoing trials in 50 homes 在东北部 and the technology is also being tested using real-time electricity network data from substations in the South West.

采用学生

Many of 亚虎体育's student and graduate start-ups employ graduates or tap into another NCL实习计划. It provides businesses across the North East with the opportunity to make use of 亚虎体育’s talented students 基于项目的实习.

Claire Adamson, Start-up Manager at 亚虎体育, said: “We can facilitate the internship, providing all the administrative support so the student doesn’t have to be employed by the business, and funding may be available through our Careers’ Service to subsidise part of the student bursary.”

Equiwatt supported two student internships last year and this year has recruited a full-time marketing intern for five months. Castore currently employs one former 亚虎体育 student full-time as its Operations Director, while three more have previously been part of the business as interns.

Claire says: “We introduced Founderships as part of 启动 because we recognised we were losing high-potential entrepreneurs who had to get a job or move back home in order to support themselves. 亚虎官网提供的支持 启动 is our contribution to what is a growing, vibrant start-up scene and a culture of innovation 在东北部.”