Former Aston Student Nick Holzherr Comes Third on “The Apprentice”

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So Nick did not win the final on BBC 1’s “The Apprentice”. *sniff* However, not only did he manage to come third, effectively beating 13 impressive competitors, he also gained 5000 followers on Twitter – and we are convinced that at least some of them did not exclusively sign up to hear more about his hair.

In Sunday’s finale Lord Sugar preferred to play it safe and decided to invest in Ricky Martin’s recruitment idea. That’s Ricky Martin the entrepreneur and wrestler, not Ricky Martin the flamboyant singer. Even his proud mum calls him Richard, but this year’s winner clearly felt that something was to be gained by associating himself with a completely unrelated Latino show star.

Although this means that Nick’s exciting business project will now not receive the boost of a 250,000 pound investment, our former student appears to be doing well. Already at the weekend there was a lot of interest in his mobile phone app “whisk”  which will help consumers to order recipe ingredients online. Sign up here  to be one of the the first people to hear news on the launch of Nick’s recipe service. A preview app is available here.

We’re sorry you didn’t go all the way, Nick, but we’re convinced that you will continue to be a successful businessman and any exciting news of your future endeavours will be posted here.

Viel Erfolg und alles Gute!

Aston Alumnus in the Final of BBC Show “The Apprentice”

Nick Holzherr, a former German student at Aston, has made it to the final of the popular and notoriously tough BBC show. He had to undergo several extremely challenging tasks for the past ten weeks and is now one of the four lucky ones to compete in the final for a business deal with Lord Sugar worth GBP 250,000.

Let us all keep our fingers crossed for Nick in the final on Sunday!

Apprentice Contender and Aston Graduate Nick Holzherr to survive third round of the show

“German lecturers at Aston University are all proud to see Nick performing well on The Apprentice”, says Stefan Manz, Head of German. He was an outstanding student on our International Business and German programme, graduating with a First Class degree. During his four years with us he perfected all the skills that are necessary to do well in professional life: team-work, leadership, communicating, thinking outside the box – and he’s just a really nice guy. Go for it, Nick!

Nick studied International Business and Modern Languages at Aston from 2005-2009 and chose the university for its good ranking in graduate employability. He funded a society establishing business links with companies across the West Midlands, which soon became Aston’s biggest student’s society.

As part of his degree, Nick spent some time abroad on a placement in Germany, notably with Deutsche Bank, which gave him first-hand experience with international financial players. He then funded a coffee-business selling high-quality fair-trade coffee named “Go-go Coffee to Go”, the business-plan for which won him the American-German business plan competition. Since 2010, he ventured more into technology and advertisement, he is now linking mini-websites to advertisements via QR codes. Last year, Nick was awarded the title “Birmingham Young Business Personality of the Year”.

 

The Birmingham Post has recently published an article on the young entrepreneur from Aston: Read the article here.

German at Aston Graduate Competes on “The Apprentice”

At Aston, it makes us very proud  to know that our students are more employable than Oxbridge graduates. This is particularly true of students who complete the International Business and Modern Languages (IBML) degree, a programme which fully integrates business studies and language learning. (In fact, some of our alumni are so successful in securing highly paid first jobs that they soon outearn the lecturers who taught them – but let’s not dwell on that.)

Aston degrees have a strong focus on preparing students for their future careers, and entrepreneurship is one of the skills we foster in our students. IBML students are asked to develop a business plan as one of their final year assignments. Over the years we have thus seen many extremely creative and highly innovative designs for new businesses – and it’s always great to see these ideas put into practice!

It goes without saying, that we were very pleased when one of our alumni set up business on campus. After graduating with a well-deserved first class degree, Nick Holzherr opened a fair-trade coffee shop a mere 50 yards from the lecture theatres where he had spent the last 3 years. Offering ethical coffee at a very reasonable price, he was soon giving the competition a run for their money.

But Nick was already branching out into other areas, and he soon founded his second business, a company specialising in scannable business cards, using smart phone technology.

And now it seems, he’s done it again – but this time he is asking for support from the BBC show “The Apprentice” . Nick is already the third Aston graduate to compete on the popular programme – and we certainly wish him much success!

You can follow Nick’s story on the programme as he tries to impress and sell his latest business idea to potential business partner Lord Sugar, starting Wednesday, 21 March 2012, at 9pm on BBC 1. While we wait to find out what he has up his sleeve this time, here is his audition video: