Aston Graduates’ Success in Business Plan Competition

Two Aston University graduates have each been awarded £1000 after being selected by the University to enter the national Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.

The competition asked Aston University students and recent graduates to submit their business plans for judging in two categories, Undergraduate and Postgraduate. 

Alistair Swan co-founder of Lamppost, the winning business in the Undergraduate category, graduated from Aston University in July 2012, with a Combined Honours degree in Business and Politics.  Lamppost is a nightlife and entertainment guide for smartphones.  It differs from other apps on the market by combining location services with real-time information, enabling people who are already out and about to search for local live events.  The app is available in the iOS App Store and the Google Play directory. It was recently featured in Short List magazine as one of their ‘apps of the week’.

Naija Chops run by husband and wife team, Adeyinka Odunfa who holds an MBA from Aston University and Opeyemi Odunfa who has an MSc in Finance and Investment from Aston University, was the winning business in the Postgraduate category.  Naija Chops is a fast food company positioned to provide a combination of mouth-watering, freshly made Nigerian snacks at affordable value, with environmentally friendly packaging, offered in a warm ambience.  Future plans for the company include setting up further outlets in London, and expanding to other UK metropolitan cities through the sale of Naija Chops franchise.

Both of the winning businesses were entered into the national Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.  The overall winners will win £5000 in the Undergraduate category and £20,000 in the Postgraduate category.

Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice Chancellor said: “We were very pleased by the standard of applications this year and it was a difficult task to select just two winners. The University is a strong supporter of student and graduate entrepreneurs and has a number of enterprise initiatives including BSEEN, a flagship enterprise programme in the region.”

Alistair Swan, co-founder of Lamppost said: “It is a huge honour to be awarded the £1000 prize money from Aston University. I appreciate the recognition they have given to my start-up business.  The funding will enable us to re-design and improve the functionality of the app”.      

For further information, contact Aston Enterprise on 0121 204 4452 or

Photo caption: Competition winners:   Adeyinka Odunfa, Alistair Swan and Professor Helen Higson, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Aston University. 

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