Newcastle University Startup wins Entrepreneurs Award

Newcastle graduate Ngozi Ossai wins Great British Entrepreneur Award.

Kate Lovell
2nd November 2020
Newcastle graduate Ngozi Ossai has won the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year prize for her start-up company, GOZI haircare.

The award was granted by Great British Entrepreneur Awards at the end of September at an online ceremony. Ossai, who graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2016, will go through to the National Final in London on 23 November. She said, “I feel really excited and happy about the award, more recognition for GOZI Haircare, spotlighting what we are doing.”

Ossai launched her company with the help of the University’s ‘START UP Founderships’ grant in 2018. This is a six month initiative supporting recent graduates wishing to work full time on a small business they’ve already begun. GOZI haircare describes its vision as providing "non- toxic, natural and vegan-friendly products […] for the tightly curled hair-types". A lack of suitable hair products for Ossai’s own hair led her to research the best natural ingredients, using social media to chart her experience. Noticing that this was a problem for many inspired her to create a business addressing the issue.

Going forward, Ossai said her business goal remains the same: “grow bigger and better. We are working on expanding our current range, reach, collaborations and partnerships with a focus on growth and keeping our customers happy.”

For more information on GOZI haircare, visit here.

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