The official launch yesterday of a competition at St Andrews University offering students the chance to bring business ideas into the real world attracted around 100 would-be entrepreneurs.
They packed into the seminar room of the Old Union Diner in the town centre to accept the challenge.
Offering £10,000 in prizes, the contest for student entrepreneurs will provide them with an "entrepreneurial toolkit" invaluable for graduate employment and strating up new businesses, said university student enterprize officer Christopher Venditozzi.
He said the competition is open to all business -minded and enterprising students, allowing them to develop skills essential for success, wether in new busuness start-up or for working with the best graduate recruiters in the country.
Entitled Quantum Leap 2004 Accelerating Enterprise, it is designed to encourage students to create and develop a sustainable business idea. Winning projects may be taken up by some of the sponsors, or may form the basis of a small business incubator at the university, he added.
Sponsored by top graduate recruiter Accenture and the Entrepreneurial Exchange, core-funded by Scottish Enterprise Fife and supported by a range of local and Scottish businesses, it is the second annual competition.
Andy Campbell, commercial director of Dundee-based computer gaming giants, VisualScience, addressed the students.