Brookes Grad to pitch at Santander Semi Finals with COGG Coffee

Nathan Bradley

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Young entrepreneur and 2020 Graduate Nathan Bradley has been working hard over the past few months to be selected to advance through the annual Santander competition for Emerging Entrepreneurs. He will pitch his business COGG Coffee at the Semi Finals on 22 September 2020 while gearing up to launch his own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for his innovative and sleek designed coffee-maker.

2020 marks the 10th year of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards run by Santander Universities UK. The programme launched back in May, and since then 81 businesses from the network of 85 partner universities have been put through their paces during a series of expert-led online workshops and webinars, covering a range of topics under four key themes – Money, Management, Marketing and Motivation. These businesses will be pitching for their chance to be selected as one of the eight finalists to progress through to the online National Final.

Recently graduated with a BSc in Business and Marketing Management, Nathan Bradley founded COGG Coffee just under two years ago when he was still a student. As a contender in the 2020 Santander competition, he benefited from bespoke mentoring provided by Brookes Enterprise Support to perfect his business proposition over the past few months. Prior to that, Nathan had taken part in several start-up programmes including Fuel to refine his business idea and Catalyst to accelerate its growth. 

Following the Semi Finals, the Final pitching event will be held online on 29 September 2020 and the winning business will receive £30,000 of equity-free seed funding, mentoring from business experts and a fully funded intern. The runner up business will receive a similar package only with £20,000 seed funding. 

“At Oxford Brookes University we have a good track record of reaching the Finals of the Santander competition for the past five years. We’re all rooting for Nathan and COGG Coffee and regardless of the outcome, I am sure that going through this highly selective national competition has been a fantastic learning experience for Nathan. Gaining new skills and expanding our network of contacts in settings like competitions is a great way to improve our employability and confidence and we’re proud to support students, graduates and staff each year to pursue their ambitions.” said Lydiah Igweh - Director of Enterprise Support. 

Have a look at our start-up programmes to find out how you can benefit from them, just like Nathan did and stay tuned for more inspirational events happening at Thrive Festival in November 2020 to make your ideas happen.

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