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West College of Scotland Students win an award at Young Enterprise Start Up Final

  • Enterprise
  • Social Enterprise
  • award
  • competition
  • creative industry

Minds of Young Artists is an inspiring Social Enterprise based within the Barshaw building within West College of Scotland, Paisley and is supported by two incredible lecturers; Deborah Dennett & Billy Kinnear.

MOYA (Minds of young artists) provides a platform that empowers students to showcase their creative talents & develops industry readiness. The Social Enterprise offers consumers a unique retail experience, a support network for original creations and offers a melting pot of design services through its collective of talented students: creating Scotland's first ever student led Social Design Agency.

MOYA work

The team is made up of Paisley College students who are all working towards gaining a creative qualification and Young Enterprise Scotland has been working alongside the college to see how we can support MOYA's mission.

The team have been planning their journey to the national finals and working above and beyond their graded unit to grow a rather important set of skills within enterprise, some of which have included: pitching techniques, public speaking with confidence and building a marketing strategy.

Each person on the team has their own creative skill to offer and through MOYA have grown as individuals and as a team. It has been a real privilege that Bridge 2 Business has been able to facilitate some useful lessons on enterprise and confidence building; inspiring the team to learn by doing.

The team presenting MOYA at Business Start Up Competition in Loughborough

Bridge 2 Business had the pleasure of travelling with MOYA to Loughborough where they solely represented Scotland and in doing so scooped an award for one of the team members, who has particularly came on a long way since joining MOYA. Under the guidance of inspiring lecturers who genuinely care its not hard to understand why student, Sophie Westwood was presented with the award of 'Student of the year'. She shared her story with the public and the judges which takes strength of character and bravery and was awarded £1000 to sweeten the win.

Sophies work she presented at MOYA stand

Its safe to say the experience was amazing for everyone involved and the confidence gained by the students involved was clear to see. We cannot wait until next year....