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Young entrepreneurs from Bath have been sampling life in the high-tech world’s epicentre Silicon Valley

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Written by: Liza-Jane Gillespie | Posted 12 June 2015 15:21

Young entrepreneurs from Bath have been sampling life in the high-tech world’s epicentre Silicon Valley

Three students from the University of Bath have met with some of the biggest names in the hight-tech world, in a prize trip to San Francisco for student entrepreneurs.

The business administration students won the university’s Apps Crunch competition to design and present an original app and the opportunity to travel to the States to meet university alumni working for Facebook, Eventbrite and Tesla.

The students spent five days in San Francisco meeting with the university’s alumni contacts to find out how to develop their app, seek investment, and put themselves in the running for a job in the Silicon tech sector.

Final year students Martin Obretenov, Ventsislav Dimov, and Prithu Shorewalu designed their Psychometrico app to help job seekers to prepare for psychometric and aptitude tests, after identifying a need for the service through their own application experiences.

Mr Obretenov said: “We’ve been lucky enough to experience the most incredible trip. To read about the Facebook roof garden, the Instagram anti-gravity room and all the other amazing features of Silicon Valley is one thing, but to actually be there, be welcomed as a guest, and meet key staff and company founders is quite another.

“The trip as a whole gave us invaluable insight into what the life of an entrepreneur is and what challenges there are. We’re looking forward to developing our product and idea and perhaps one day, in the near future, we could be on the other side, helping students like us develop and learn.”

The Apps Crunch competition is run by the university’s Students’ Union Enterprise Education Office. Workshops and events were run in conjunction with the Bath Digital Festival. The competition was judged by a panel of local tech experts, chaired by Richard Godfrey, chief executive at Bath company Rocketmakers, an incubator for tech and new media start-ups.

Siobain Hone, Students’ Union Enterprise manager, said: “Our Apps Crunch winners have enjoyed a unique, career-enhancing experience. We’re very grateful to the University’s alumni in the States who supported the trip, and gave their time and expertise to inspire our winners.”

The competition is funded and supported by university alumni based in the United States. They belong to a 100,000-strong community living in 150 countries worldwide.

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