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RBS ESSA Awards: Silver and Gold Finalists

The finalists of the Silver and Gold awards have now been selected.

As with the Bronze entrants, competition was tough but the following societies have made it through:

 Silver finalists:

– Full Blue Racing (University of Cambridge)

– Warwick Finance Societies (University of Warwick)

– LUU Men’s Rugby Union (University of Leeds)

– Warwick Economics Society (University of Warwick)

– Salsa4Water (University of Glasgow)

– SIFE Nottingham (University of Nottingham)

– The Oxford Guild Business Society (University of Oxford)

 Gold finalists:

– Manchester Ent repreneurs (University of Manchester)

– CUTEC (University of Cambridge)

– Herts Entrepreneurs (University of Hertfordshire)

– Brunel Entrepreneurs Society (Brunel University)

– UniTV Student Television (University of Sussex)

– Warwick Finance Societies (University of Warwick)

– UEA Management (University of East Anglia)

Along with the Bronze finalists, members of the winning societies will be presented with their awards at a presentation ceremony in London on July 2, attended by the national press, graduate recruiters and government officials.

The Silver finalists are guaranteed to go home with at least £1,000 but £7,000 will be given to the most innovative fundraising activity while £3,000 will be awarded for the best series of events.

For the Gold finalists, £15,000 is up for grabs for the most enterprising society, £5,000 will be awarded for the runner-up while the remaining semi-finalists will take home £2,000.

To enter the Silver award, the society must have an annual turnover of at least £1,500, hosted events throughout the year with four or more local professionals or entrepreneurial alumni as well as submitting a promotional YouTube video.

For gold, in addition to the requirements for Silver, the society must have an annual turnover of £4,000+, at least one society member who entered the RBS EnterprisingU business plan and hold workshops relevant to the society.

The RBS Enterprising Student Society Accreditation (ESSA), run by FIG and sponsored by the RBS Group and LinkedIn, is a national scheme that rewards and recognises enterprising societies and the teams behind them.

More than 310 university societies across the UK have received accreditation to date, generating an incredible £1.8m in turnover this year. Many of the societies have a membership base exceeding 1,000 with some turning over more than £100,000.

The ESSA competition has three different levels of awards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The awards vary in the activities that need to be completed and societies were asked to enter the award that most reflects their level of enterprising activity.

The standard of entries across all awards was extremely high and the FIG team would like to congratulate everyone that entered.

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