Coventry University Graduates in the Running for Young Entrepreneurs Award

Coventry University graduates Carl Konadu and Azzees Minott finished university after learning specific techniques and behaviours to better their chances for employment. In using their techniques and behaviours, they developed their own business 2-3 Degrees. Konadu and Minott’s business equips peers and future generations with essential skills and knowledge about the world of business through talks and workshops.


2-3 Degrees is on a three-string shortlist at Baldwins Accountants’ KickStart Awards. The awards ceremony will be taking place at a black-tie dinner at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham today. A £10,000 grant will be awarded to first place alongside £10,000 worth of mentoring and accountancy advice from Baldwins Accountants. £5,000 of mentoring and accountancy advice will be awarded to the runners-up.


Carl, a director at London-based 2-3 Degrees said, “A young person may be able to recall numbers and write really well but not have the life skills needed to flourish and those communication skills that are important in the work place or higher education”, reiterating the importance of the business.


He continued with,” We are really excited to have been shortlisted for the Baldwins Accountants’ KickStart Awards. It is a great experience to have a business like Baldwins acknowledge your business and the development we’re trying to make.”


The importance of local businesses is rising every day and help in the growth of a community. I spoke to Laura McCartan, a local business-woman who works from home. Laura has developed a few businesses in her spare time including, an at-home aroma therapy suite, designing bags, make-up artists, hairdressing and selling jewelry. Laura said, “Creating my own businesses has helped me to create a life for myself. I have been able to develop many skills and qualities throughout my work and would say I on the spectrum of an entrepreneur.”


Students and teachers alike are excited and proud to see students achieving such great feats so quickly after graduation. Stefan Kearney, a business lecturer, stated that he’s “rarely had students blossom so quickly, I have had many success stories from past pupils but that would usually be five years after their graduation.” He also stated that, “Coventry University should be proud of the students they produce.”


The number of aspiring entrepreneurs is rising each day and is helping communities to develop through workshops and labour.


Shona Fegan


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