Zoe Power, Herbal Medicine with Foundation, 2020
For the past year I have been working on starting my own company, making and selling natural herbal cosmetic products. I had already decided on a name (Naturally Untamed) and I was experimenting and coming up with new creations. Having to constantly research different creations meant that I was spending a lot of my student loan. Luckily I came across The 125 Fund- I applied and received funding for ingredients, trademarking and domain.
In addition to the funding, I received an email offering free consultancy in entrepreneurship from alumnus volunteer Dennis Lucan (BA Entrepreneurship, 2017). I quickly responded and within a week had my first meeting. I assumed it would be a one off meeting of useful advice, however Dennis spent hours listening to my ideas and began setting up an action plan. Each consultancy meeting became a milestone that I overcame and within a few months I had a registered trademark, my own website and a better understanding of the regulations of selling products in the UK. Four months on and I am Founder and CEO of my registered company Naturally Untamed Ltd and I have released my first product to the market, a Peppermint Lip Balm.
I honestly don’t know how I would have been able to achieve this if it wasn’t for The 125 Fund and those consultancy meetings. I would have spent the funding naively without taking some necessary steps in order start a business. In a short space of time I feel a lot more in control of the field that I am in and I can now see a clearer future in terms of my business. It has given me such motivation to study harder as I am putting my learning into action, and already kick-starting my career.
By the end of 2018 I would like my website to be up and running and I would like to have released at least three products to the market.
A huge thank you to the donors that have given generously to The 125 Fund. Thanks to you I have been able to kick start my career while studying at University; I have made my passion become a reality that I am now able to share it with others.