16th January 2004
A graduate from the University of Lincoln in Hull is making plans to set up his own company after his degree helped him discover a new business opportunity.
Gareth Sykes (38) hopes to develop a business providing CD-based interactive learning materials for adults with learning difficulties.
The inspiration came when he spotted a gap in the market whilst studying for a degree in Interactive Multimedia at the university.
“Materials for people with learning difficulties were targeted at children and there were no materials appropriate for adults,” said Mr Sykes.
A new Entrepreneur Scholarship programme funded by the DfES through the Learning and Skills Council has helped him develop his business aspirations further.
The new scheme provides part-time training in starting up a business and also offers start-up capital and long-term support.
Gareth is among 30 business people from across Yorkshire and Humberside to complete the national programme.
He hopes that an interactive CD-ROM, which he started during his time at university, will kick-start his business venture.
“I hope to put it on the market in the near future. There has been a great amount of interest in the idea and I have received lots of positive feedback.”
Gareth graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2002 and he currently teaches media at East Riding College.
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