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Entrepreneurs from Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill will battle to become best start-up business at a university competition
Chantelle Georgiou will present her street wear business in the final 12 on Wednesday, September, 25.
Budding entrepreneurs are one step closer to turning their business pitches into going concerns as part of a university competition.
Chantelle Georgiou, 22 of Winchmore Hill, studied marketing and is now within touching distance of winning the £20,000 jackpot at this year’s ‘flare’ competition at the University of Hertfordshire.
The competition is designed to help nurture start up businesses and Ms Georgiou’s streetwear clothing brand Oddleys will now compete against eleven other finalists to take the top prize.
She said: “Getting to the final round of flare has increased my confidence in my business; it’s great to know that others see potential in my idea. Each round has helped me to develop my business and plan the next steps I need to take. Winning the competition will enable me to trademark and copyright my designs and really turn my idea into reality.”
However, the Enfield woman will face stiff competition from a business duo from the borough whose sweet-toothed idea won them a place in the final dozen.
Palmers Green duo Anamaria Tudor, 23, who studied human resource management, and 25-year-old computer science graduate Mustafa Gecmen have put forward their business Balmond Wholesale Ltd, which sells authentic, high quality Turkish Delight from internationally renowned manufacturer Gulluoglu.
All hopefuls will pitch their ideas in front of a Dragon’s Den to compete for the chance of winning £20,000.
The university's head of enterprise Tonia Harvey said: “It was a tough competition this year however, Chantelle and Anamaria and Mustafa’s businesses stood out as having real potential.
"The university prides itself on nurturing our business start-ups and flare offers lots of support and training. Entrepreneurial thinking is at the core of what we do; we want our graduates to go out into the world and make a difference.”
The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 10, at an awards dinner.