Brookes grad reaches semi-finals in national competition for uni entrepreneurs

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Josh Shires musicase

An Oxford Brookes Mechanical Engineering graduate has reached the semi-final stages of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) Varsity Pitch competition.

Josh Shires came up with his idea and design for a headphone holder case for iPhones while studying at Brookes. Alongside his studies, Josh took part in lunchtime entrepreneurial classes and received support from Dr Kevin Maynard from the University’s Research and Business and Development Office.

Josh and his business co-founder James Griffiths launched the Mous Musicase via Kickstarter.com earlier this month at the Engadget exhibition in New York and are nearing their target of £10,000 on the crowd funding site.

Oxford Brookes has a strong commitment to encouraging entrepreneurism

Dr Kevin Maynard, Research and Business Development Office

The Mous Musicase is hailed as the world’s smallest iPhone case that holds, unrolls and retracts Apple headphones and stops them getting tangled or lost.

Josh said: “It wasn’t until after I had graduated that I was able to concentrate fully on my product idea but I’ve since continued to receive so much support from Oxford Brookes to turn my idea into a business.

“I recently left my full-time job to concentrate on my business Mous with my co-founder James.

“We also recently went to No.10 Downing Street and met with the Prime Minister’s entrepreneur advisor to talk about what was working well for start-up businesses in the UK, which was a great experience for us. 

“Although we didn’t make it to the final of the NACUE competition we’ve got some very exciting opportunities coming up.” 

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Dr Kevin Maynard said: “Oxford Brookes wants to do more for its budding entrepreneurial students.

“Josh has achieved this goal through his own vision to create a fantastic potential business based on extremely well designed products. He has the drive and determination to see his vision come to reality. 

“I am pleased that Oxford Brookes’ student enterprise programme and the Business Development Office have been able to help, in a small way, Josh achieve his ambition.”

Oxford Brookes has a strong commitment to encouraging entrepreneurism. The University is currently running its ‘Bite into Entrepreneurship’ lunch-time training programme for students and staff. More information can be found on the Brookes website