YOUNG entrepreneur Jacob Hill has caught the attention of Sir Patrick Stewart after winning an award.
The former Brighouse High School student has had massive success with his product The Lazy Camper, a complete outdoors kit with everything in one bag, and now he has triumphed in the first enterprising award ceremony of its kind at the University of Huddersfield.
The 19-year-old has already pitched his idea to Sir Richard Branson and Richard Reed from Innocent Smoothies while raising £30,000 investment from students at the university.
Jacob who lives in Waring Green was nominated for two awards by University Business Mine and his course tutor John Thompson. Jacob has just finished his first year at university and won first place in enterprising student of 2012 and second place in enterprise of 2012. He also received an award for his efforts from Vice Chancellor Bob Cryan presented by Sir Patrick Stewart.
He said he never expected to win. “I study enterprise development and it really has helped me focus my efforts and study the academic side of business at the same time. The Business Mine are the ones I thank for all of this, they have shown support from day one for The Lazy Camper.
“Meeting Sir Patrick was a real honour. I am a fan of his work and I had the pleasure of treating my friend, an even bigger fan, with the chance to meet him also. I was going to ask Sir Patrick to record my voicemail answer message, but backed out at the last minute.”
Vice Chancellor, Prof Bob Cryan said: “What Jacob has achieved needs to be publicly recognised so that he can be a role model for future awards.”