After twenty-six months, NACUE bids farewell to CEO Johnny Luk. Since joining the organisation, he has strengthened NACUE’s membership offering, aligned further their core activities with the charitable mission and continued the diversification of NACUE’s revenue stream, with the assistance of a dedicated Senior Management Team. Under Johnny’s leadership, NACUE has continued to welcome and deliver events attended by thousands, advocated enterprise policy at ministerial level in the UK, across Europe and has joined ventures with MY-Way, alongside the EU commission, to champion web entrepreneurship through a 24 month long programme. Johnny’s innovative and creative approach dramatically revamped NACUE’s longstanding Leaders Summit, transforming it to showcase the entrepreneurial talent within NACUE’s impressive and diverse network. Johnny was asked what particularly stood out during his time at NACUE: "It is the people that will always leave the biggest impression on me. I have witnessed amazing young entrepreneurs flourish with their products, employing talent, raising investment and building an awesome community. I also understand truly what kindness and dedication is, especially from my colleagues and friends." To hear more, Johnny has provided a personal video note here. Professor John MacIntyre, Chairman of NACUE’s Trustees, 'From me personally, and on behalf of the Board, a huge thank you for everything you have done for NACUE. We are all incredibly grateful for the way you've led the team, your positive approach and being the wonderful ambassador you are for the organisation. I know you will take that same attitude forward with you into your new role, and I wish you the very best in everything you do.' Johnny moves on to take up an opportunity managing national policy for digital engagement within the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. NACUE will greatly miss Johnny’s passion and the enthusiasm that he has brought to NACUE over the last few years but are delighted to have his ongoing support as an ambassador for NACUE in their forthcoming events cycle, as well as for years to come. NACUE are pleased to announce that the current Head of Community, Holly Knower, will be the acting CEO in the interim, and she is looking forward to continuing to deliver the well received programmes and projects that NACUE has become known for and continue the mission of "Powering The Enterprising Generation".
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Stephanie Hodgson, Former Head of Product at Motus Innovation, Varsity Pitch Winner 2017
Varsity Pitch is the only competition I have entered where feedback is provided throughout - even to teams that are eliminated. This is excellent! It was so well organised - very impressive. The organisers responded promptly to emails and communicated very well with participants throughout the process.
Jack Cornes & Harry Smith, HausBots , Varsity Pitch Finalist 2017
Thanks for the exposure you gave us to mentors and business professionals. Everyone provided great insight to us and it's always amazing talking to others about your business and challenging us
Ryan Robinson, Co-Founder AEROPOWDER, Varsity Pitch Winner 2016
Winning the Varsity Pitch Competition was definitely a highlight. The prize has been invaluable in allowing AEROPOWDER to continue its product development work. If we could give any advice to anyone out there, it’s to make sure you go for it! Pitching in front of such an experienced panel is always a great experience, no matter the outcome. We are extremely grateful to NACUE and Tata for the opportunity to take our company further and try to make a real difference.
Peter Spence, Varsity Pitch Winner 2015
It was an invaluable opportunity to meet and compare experiences with other start-ups, refine and practise our pitch and meet high-profile judges and mentors.