Bird Sunglasses Win Runners Up Prize In National Awards

Bird Sunglasses claim the runners up prize in the National Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards, beating over 2000 other entries!

We are delighted to announce that Bird Sunglasses, Plymouth University’s entrants, claimed the runners up prize in the National Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards, beating over 2000 other entries! 

The awards are one of the UK’s largest student and graduate business competitions, with Bird’s prize including seed funding, business advice and support from Santander and Talent Cupboard, a fully funded intern, and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Commenting on their success, Ed Bird, Founder of Bird Sunglasses, said:

“This is a huge boost to us as we continue to grow in the coming months. The final involved a nail-biting pitch to a Dragons Den style line up of judges, including the CEO of Santander bank, and it was an honour to compete against some other fantastic new businesses.

Now it’s time to pause, reflect and take a big breath as we take our next steps. Our vision is a strong as ever – creating beautiful sunglasses that help to create clean solar energy, designed for people who want to change the world and look good while doing it.”

The Formation Zone team were there to see Ed and Paul Bird collect their prize after supporting them, alongside the University’s Santander branch, throughout the competition. Eleanor Browne, Formation Zone Programme Manager at Plymouth University commented: 

“It was an exciting journey supporting Bird Sunglasses through this national competition process to the high-profile grand final pitch. They are a fantastic example of graduate entrepreneurship, and inspirational to others in our Formation Zone business incubator at Plymouth University”

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