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Entrepreneurially minded Plymouth University students have been awarded business start-up grants after impressing judges as part of the BETA enterprise programme, set up by the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre (part of the Plymouth Business School) to provide unique entrepreneurial opportunities for students. 

A monthly subscription service to help people with depression, a social enterprise based around West African cooking, and a way of using technology to improve golfing technique were among projects that secured funding. 

The annual competition encourages budding business innovators to develop ideas in partnership with current academics and successful alumni. 

Running from October to May, it is open to students on any course at the University, with the potential for them to earn up to £1,500 in the form of a grant to develop their ideas. 

In 2017, 13 student start-ups have been awarded funding and Amber Strong, who runs the BETA Enterprise project, said: 

“It was brilliant to see proactive student start-ups tackling diverse areas such as virtual reality training, coastal sustainability and student travel. BETA Enterprise provides students with a clear system of support to help them grow and develop their business idea from formation to creation.”