Accountant sits on dragons' den panel for Moscow mission

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Mission Moscow

BUDDING ENTREPRENEUR: Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers helped fund Chester University student Jack Miller to go to Moscow on a business trip. Jack is a second year Business Management & Entrepreneurship student who is developing a product prototype through his company 'Toucan'. 

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Our Accounts Senior John Farrell sat on a dragons-den style judging panel to send students from the University of Chester on an entrepreneurial mission to Moscow.

John was flanked by four other judges including Phil Harris, the Executive Dean of the University of Chester's Business School, and Fran Hulbert, Chair of the Riverside Innovation Centre Steering Group and University of Chester Business Advisory Council, each tasked with choosing their favourite entrepreneur.

The panel decided to pool their money to enable three of the seven contestants, who had not reached their target amount of funds, to travel to Moscow where they will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March.

Ellis & Co's £250 donation helped the company's chosen candidate, Jack Miller, a second year Business Management and Entrepreneurship student, attend the trip.

As part of their pitch, which took place at the Riverside Innovation Centre, contestants were encouraged to turn just £10 into a winning business idea which could make enough funds to attend the congress and travel to Russia.

Ideas included hosting events such as a multicultural 'Black & White Party'  and selling innovative products including novelty USB drives and a budgeting phone app.

The eight finalists, (Jack Miller, Emmanuel Akinkuolie, Mbachi Kaira, Emily Strachan, Marie Mulligan, Tom Haworth, Nick Hilton and Michael Williams), will leave for Moscow on March 16 where they will attend the main summit of the GEC2014. They will  deliver an Official Fringe Event to a global audience within the Moscow Manege, network with local entrepreneurs and business owners, visit the Russian Embassy and experience the business culture of a country  currently playing host to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

"The evening was a great success, I really enjoyed listening to everyone's ideas which were really strong and I'm glad that Ellis & Co were able to play a role in helping the students attend the Global Entrepreneurship  Congress and achieve their goals," said John.

"As a company, we offer both accountancy and business consultancy advice and so helping local entrepreneurs  start up their own business is a large part of what we do. We therefore jumped at the chance to sit on the panel and support the university in this way."