The Colin Lester Digital Entrepreneurship Award launched

Twenty First Artists CEO Colin Lester has launched a brand new award to discover and nurture new entrepreneurial talent at Southampton Solent University. He chose the day he was awarded an honorary degree by the university to officially launch ‘The Colin Lester Digital Entrepreneurship Award’.

The award gives Solent University students (both existing and graduates from 2011 onwards) the chance to win a cash prize of £1,000 and up to £9,000 of claimable expenses to develop and support their new digital music enterprises.

Entries should be based on finding new ways to digitally promote music and artists. The prize also includes mentoring from Twenty First Artists, Lester’s London-based international artist management company.

Colin Lester said: “This is an incredibly proud day for me. To be recognised in this way is humbling and I am very grateful to everyone at Southampton Solent University for this wonderful honour. I love working and interacting with the students at the university and they are the inspiration for ‘The Colin Lester Digital Entrepreneurship Award,’ which aims to harness and support the incredible creativity and talent that I see there.”

Paul Rutter, Associate Professor and Programme Group Leader, Popular Music Scheme, Southampton Solent University said, “Colin has been a genuine friend to Southampton Solent University and has been a truly inspirational force for our students during the time he has worked with us.

“We wanted to recognize not only his contribution to the music industry but also the work he has done on behalf of the City of Southampton, particularly through his work with Craig David. ‘The Colin Lester Digital Entrepreneurship Award,’ is an excellent initiative and will, I’m sure, stimulate important new ideas and allow them to flourish.”

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE MEDIA OFFICE ON 023 8031 9040 or press.office@solent.ac.uk

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About Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University offers more than 23,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The university was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2013 poll of students.

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Home to around 11,000 students studying everything from HNDs to PhDs, Southampton Solent University is dedicated to enabling learners of all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders, while also promoting economic and social prosperity. Winner of the Times Higher Education ‘Most Improved Student Experience’ Award 2015, Solent is a dynamic university with strong local links and a growing network of global connections – and a reputation for developing grounded, well-prepared graduates with the skills and experience employers want. Holder of the small business charter, home to one of the world’s leading maritime training academies and voted one of the UK’s most creative universities in the 2013 and 2014 Which? University student polls, Solent applies passion and innovative practice to all its courses. Spanning business and law, the creative industries, engineering and technology, maritime, media, sport and tourism, those courses deliver a practical blend of career-focused tuition and real-world experience – giving our students the tools they need to shape their own success.

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I love working and interacting with the students at the university and they are the inspiration for ‘The Colin Lester Digital Entrepreneurship Award,’ which aims to harness and support the incredible creativity and talent that I see there.
Colin Lester, Twenty First Artists CEO