Rob Green, Mike Hindley and Luke Norman collected The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award from The Duke himself at a special awards ceremony held on Tuesday 19 April 2016, organised and hosted by the University of Huddersfield.
Fixed Update Ltd is one of 19 university enterprises from the North of England selected for this award.
Duke of York Entrepreneur Awards go to the best business or social enterprise led by students or graduate entrepreneurs under 30 with the best business or social enterprise, demonstrating commercial or social impact, and with the best potential for sustainability and growth.
Fixed Update Ltd is a student-led video game development incubator business, based at the University of Bolton, producing Pathos under Channel 4’s new publisher All4Games. While working on the game, Rob, Mike and Luke are studying for their degrees part-time.
The company was formed in November 2015 following the students’ exceptional performance in Dare to Be Digital, the world’s leading video games development competition. The Bolton team won the Channel 4 Award worth £25,000 of business start-up support, supporting their game’s development to being published by the broadcaster. The team also won the Design in Action Award for Commercial Potential, providing another £20,000 in financial support and mentoring.
Pathos has already gathered significant interest from businesses within the foster care community. It is a non-violent minimalist puzzle adventure. Lost and confused, the character Pan is forced on an adventure, desperately trying to find her way home in a land full of unique and strange worlds.
Said Luke Norman: ‘The Huddersfield awards day was a great experience. The university and organisers there were great hosts and it was good to see them all getting the recognition they deserve.
‘It was nice to see young people like ourselves trying to change the world around them. There were a few companies based around growing your own food, which I thought was fantastic.’
Said Head of the School of Creative Technologies, Simon Wiggins: ‘We’re exceptionally proud of our Pathos team. They are a fine example of what student talent, drive and commitment to a cause can achieve. They are creating an engaging, commercial game that showcases their talent and all that they learn with us, but they are also creating a game which has the potential to do tremendous good in the world. And that is admirable indeed.’
The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards were launched in 2013 to highlight the role that young entrepreneurs play in creating a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, and to recognise the achievements of talented student and graduate entrepreneurs. The Award scheme was pioneered by the University of Huddersfield and was originally celebrated amongst the universities in Yorkshire. Each university was invited to select a student or graduate start-up business or social enterprise that demonstrated commercial or social impact, and had potential for sustainability and growth. In 2016, the scheme was expanded to include universities across the whole of the North of England and 19 enterprises were selected to receive the award this year.
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