By Jonathan Davies

Young entrepreneurs were celebrated last night (Thursday) at the inaugural Making Business Happen awards, organised by the University of South Wales.

The graduate founders of adventure travel website Much Better Adventures and biotech software start-up TrakCel were the winners of business support packages worth £12,500.

Edward Shorney won the Aspiring Entrepreneur award for his business Go Rookie: The Apprenticeship Finder. And Evan Tamblyn's StartWrite, which helps university students to manage their projects and coursework, won the USW Challenge - open only to University of South Wales students.

Devised and organised by the University of South Wales, the Making Business Happen Awards were set up to recognise graduates of UK universities who have gone on to start their own successful and growing businesses using the skills and knowledge gained whilst studying. A special award for Aspiring Entrepreneurs recognises students from schools and colleges across the UK who have demonstrated a commitment to researching and developing an effective or innovative business idea.

Professor Julie Lydon OBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, said: “We have been amazed by the number and quality of entries received for the Awards. Our finalists represent some truly extraordinary and innovative ideas, developed by passionate people from across the UK. Attributes which both exemplify the Making Business Happen Awards and the ethos of the University of South Wales.”

“My congratulations go, not just to the winners, but to all those excellent companies and individuals, who left our judges with such difficult choices to make. I wish them all the best for the future and look forward to seeing how they develop.”

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