The shortlist has been revealed for this year’s innovative business competition, the University Entrepreneurs Grant.

Three university students will pitch their business idea to a live audience at The Educate North Awards on 26th April at the Radisson Blue Hotel in City Centre Manchester, with the winner walking away with £1,000 and a mentor to create a full business plan. During the awards event, the audience will deliberate and then deliver their verdict.

The Grant is supported by CCL Digital, the Manchester based digital marketing solutions company.

The Educate North Awards is a prestigious event celebrating, recognising and sharing best practice and excellence in the Higher, Further and Sixth-Form  sectors and supported by Prolific North and Communicorp UK owners of Heart Yorkshire, Smooth North West and North East as well as The Ministry of Results and a series of category sponsors.

The shortlist includes:

Sharmaine Mundozo from University of central Lancashire (UCLan) with her business idea, Joy Pad - a web-based live chat service for A level students to explore and gain support.

Conner Romain & Daniel O’Connor from Blackpool & the Fylde University with World 360, a Visual media provider that specialises in Virtual Tours, Aerial Photography/Videography, Video, Photography and Social Media Marketing.

Rukhsana Razaq with her idea to create extendable baby clothes offering longer use, value for money and an environmentally friendly product.

CCL Digital, the digital marketing solutions specialist, will once again sponsor the University Entrepreneurs Grant (UEG).

Antonia Furness, co-founder and chief operations officer at  CCL Digital, said: "We are passionate about supporting and investing in our young entrepreneurs of the future, and we believe the University Entrepreneurs Grant is a fantastic platform for them to showcase their talent."