Peter Jones CBE awards 19 year-old video marketer ‘National Entrepreneur of the Year’
Student entrepreneur recognised at Peter Jones Enterprise Academy graduation ceremony with £5,000 investment
A 19 year-old student running an online video marketing business has been granted the accolade of ‘National Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy graduation ceremony held at the Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden yesterday.
David Humpston, founder of Viewpoint Video which offers “experiential” high definition (HD) videos for leisure venues, beat five finalists to win the £5,000 seed funding prize after pitching his business model to a panel of judges; including Seven Hills and StartUp Britain co-founder Michael Hayman, Jessops CCO Neil Old, Peter Jones Foundation chief executive Alice Barnard, and Jones himself.
Chosen for his “competitive spirit and experience” and for having an “impressive” track record with current clients, Amersham & Wycombe College student Humpston will now take over from 2013 winner Harry Day as ‘Academy Ambassador’ over the coming year.
Young food entrepreneur Sonya Kumar, a fellow finalist who pitched for investment, was also awarded as ‘Highly Commended’ for her business Svadish Organic; a catering service providing healthy Indian cuisine.
The Academy, which has been running since 2009, looks to encourage ‘learning by doing’ with a range of enterprise and entrepreneurship courses. At the end of each academic year it holds a graduation to celebrate the achievements of its students.
This year’s ceremony, hosted by Hayman, began with Jones entering to the crowd cheering ‘Peter Jones’ and saw testimonials from family members of the students graduating as well as congratulation messages from several high-profile celebrities including Robbie Williams, Keith Lemon, and Emma Bunton, via video message.
Selected from Enterprise Academy colleges across the UK, the 2014 Peter Jones Enterprise Academy Award winners are as follows:
- Level 2 Student of the Year 2014 – Jennifer Swann, Leicester College
- Level 3 Student of the Year 2014 – Bethany Taylor, Warwickshire College
- Business Enterprise Manager of the Year 2014 – Irene Brew-Riverson, Westminster Kingsway College
- Enterprise Tutor of the Year 2014 – Julie Newitt, Leicester College
- Inspirational Student 2014 – Jessica Dixon, Warrington Collegiate
- Personal Professional Development Group of the Year 2014 – Team KoneKT, Amersham & Wycombe College
- National Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 – David Humpston, Amersham & Wycombe College
- National Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 – Highly Commended: Sonya Kumar, Westminster Kingsway College
Jones commented: “I am absolutely delighted to recognise Humpston as the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy National Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.
“During his pitch he demonstrated all of the necessary qualities of an entrepreneur – confidence, ambition, entrepreneurial flair and a good business idea.
“The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy graduation is always such a highlight for me and it is fantastic to celebrate the latest generation of entrepreneurs as they embark on the next chapter of their lives – watch this space, this week’s graduates will be disrupting and leading the world!
National Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, Humpston, added:
“This award will be a huge boost for both me and my business. Not only will the £5,000 prize enable me to expand Viewpoint Videos, but the prestige it carries will give me invaluable credibility.”