Politics graduate's enterprise success

The passion for enterprise that Mihaela Gruia discovered during her Politics and International Relations degree has led her to success in establishing her own business.

Mihaela Gruia presentingDuring her degree, Mihaela took an internship in social enterprise at the University of Sheffield Enterprise department and a placement year in Brussels. She also took part in Startup Weekend: Sheffield, which she wrote about here.

After graduation, Mihaela secured a place on the prestigious New Entrepreneurs Foundation (NEF) programme, an organisation established to create a new generation of outstanding entrepreneurs.

During this intensive personal and business development programme, Mihaela spent six months working in a London based tech-start up. In February 2016, she decided to take the plunge and dedicate her full attention to developing her own business, Research Retold.

Research Retold is a crowd-powered creative agency that deals with the translation and visual representation of academic research for the purpose of communicating key findings to wider audiences, and accelerating impact opportunities for academics. It has enjoyed strong growth in its first few months.

The New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme culminated in the 2015/16 cohort being given the opportunity to pitch their businesses in front of a panel of judges, and potentially win a stake in the £10,000 David Pearl Prize. Mihaela won first prize with Research Retold, receiving a prize of £3,500.

Mihaela said: “Winning the NEF competition has given me the confidence, validation and financial boost I needed to take Research Retold to new and exciting fronts. I am happy the judges recognised the opportunity and value associated with communicating academic research in accessible and visual ways. Looking ahead, I am eager to collaborate with researchers across UK universities and help them communicate their findings to audiences beyond academia."

As a graduate of the University of Sheffield Mihaela continues to receive support from University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE).

“USE has been a huge source of support over the last months, by providing me with workspace, funding and, most importantly, by matching me with a helpful and motivational mentor, Samantha Deakin. I am grateful for the support and look forward to the next phase of my business journey." said Mihaela.

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