Enterprising Mind of the Year Award

Enterprising Mind of the Year finalists

Our four Enterprising Mind of the Year finalists: Adesola Thomas, Krishna Patel, Sid Ramanchandran, Corrin Neilson, Elisabeth Xia, Owen Needham-Church and Daniel MacDonald (left to right)


Enterprising Mind of the Year 2021-2022 

The Students’ Association in collaboration with the Proctor’s Office offers a prize for the student who has displayed significant enterprise in their studies.

An enterprising mind is broadly defined as creating value in the form of novel ideas or fresh applications or adventurous methods or thinking outside of the box. This can be evidenced by work directly within a module itself or indirectly through related cultural, social, economic or practical activities which are clearly linked closely to a module you have studied.

Four Enterprising Mind of the Year finalists each delivered a Pecha Kucha presentation, at our Pecha Kucha evening 15th March, discussing and celebrating the entrepreneurial activities, they undertook, during their time at St Andrews.

Adesola Thomas: Flounder, an original comedic play exploring eco-anxiety and celebrating the joy of communities and shared creativity

Krishna Patel: Theatre of Diversion, her own production company that furthers career development for students in the performing arts

Corrin Neilson, Elisabeth Xia, Owen Needham-Church and Daniel MacDonald: Ignite St Andrews, an affordable and ethically-conscious bonfire package business 

Sid Ramachandran: Material In-kind Donation Acknowledgement System (MIDAS), an app which aids food banks in accepting donations during the pandemic

The award this year was won by Sid Ramachandran (1st year undergraduate Economics and Philosophy student) with his app MIDAS. Sids' entrepreneurial mindset won over the judges alongside the present impact and future impact of his app. For more information on MIDAS can be found here.

Sid Ramanchandran receiving his EMOY award from Gosia Mitka

Sid Ramanchandran being awarded Enterprising Mind of the Year 2021-2022 from Dr Gosia Mitka, Associate Dean Education (Arts and Divinity)


Applications for Enterprising Mind of the Year 2022-2023 will open January 2022.

Please email enterprising@st-andrews.ac.uk if you have any further questions and for more information on how to be our next Enterprising Mind of the Year please browse through the tabs further down the page