The 125 Fund and a free entrepreneurship consultancy offer from an alumnus volunteer, enable Zoe to achieve her aims in her chosen timescale – the future is bright.


Zoe Power, Herbal Medicine with Foundation, 2020

Zoe’s stated aim was demanding to say the least! – “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”. However with the award from the 125 Fund and consultancy mentoring she received she is well on the way and has achieved her first goal.

Naturally Untamed – 125 Fund

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.