Leeds Graduate wins category in national business competition

A graduate from the University has won the Social and Green Business category of the Varsity Pitch student business competition by NACUE (National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs)

(l-r) Hannah and her 11 year old sister, Tia who was “a main research point for my project”


Hannah Catmur, pitched her business 'Get Out! Explorers' to a panel of judges at NACUE’s headquarters in the heart of London’s startup community in Shoreditch.

'Get Out! Explorers' encourages children to move away from sedentary screens and explore the great outdoors. Their new online platform is an exciting and engaging approach that brings to life competitive and rewarding social elements. Supported by organisations like DEFRA, the National Trust and the RSPB Get Out! Explorers aims to open the natural world to a generation of children more at home with a tablet than the great outdoors. 

The category aims to find the best social enterprise or green business from a student or recent graduate. After getting through the first online video pitch Hannah had to pitch in front of a panel of expert judges who crowned her the winner of the category. 

Speaking about her win, Hannah Catmur, said, “It’s a great feeling to have won the category, knowing that the judges have confidence in our business and its vision.”

Alan Oliver, BA Graphic and Communication Design (International) Programme Manager from the University of Leeds’ School of Design said, “Intelligent, creative thinking and the ability to come up with great ideas are qualities we are proud to nurture here at the School of Design, so Hannah’s success comes as no surprise. We wish her all the best.”

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