16th January 2004

                     

DEGREE INSPIRATION FOR BUSINESS VENTURE

 

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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