Joseph Davies, a final year Business Management student, and Katy Foster, a Liverpool John Moores University graduate, have made it to the finals of this year’s Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards with their business – Host So Simple.
Established in 2016, Host So Simple manages people’s Airbnb properties. The company helps people list their properties and also helps with tasks like check-ins, cleaning coordination and marketing.
Speaking about the competition, Joseph said: “I feel extremely proud to be shortlisted. We have only been running around eight months and there were some fantastic businesses attending the event, who I’m sure will go on to great things. Just to be amongst these was a great experience which I’m sure will stand Katy and I in good stead for the future.”
An annual award, the Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award is presented to students who have displayed remarkable entrepreneurship while at University. Joseph and Katy were one of five businesses to pitch their idea as part of the competition. Although they didn’t win on this occasion, they did receive a runners up award and the Duke of York Prince Andrew presented them with their finalist certificates.
Once Joseph graduates he hopes to develop and expand Host So Simple.
To help Joseph set up his business, the Careers and Employability Service provided support via the Enterprise Programme. The team were also able to offer one-to-one business mentoring. If you would like to find out more about the Enterprise Programme, please visit the Enterprise Programme webpages.