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Masters alumnus Andrew is “young gun” to watch out for

Andrew Jervis, the co-founder and CEO of ClickMechanic has recently been awarded a Young Guns award from startups, a UK based website.

Andrew graduated from the School’s MEnt Master of Enterprise course in 2012 and since then, has gone on to develop the UK’s market leading platform that connects car owners who need repairs to the country’s best mechanics.

Following a conversation with his mechanic brother about the difficulty of finding trustworthy mechanics, Andrew decided to find out more about these problems better by studying enterprise and entrepreneurship at the School.

On attending Alliance MBS, Andrew feels his education was pivotal in his start-ups success: “Without attending AMBS I certainly would have not had the tools and foundation to be able to build ClickMechanic into what it is today.

“My Masters showed me models and approaches to address problems and find opportunities, as well as giving me the confidence to really pursue my vision for ClickMechanic.”

Jonathan Styles, Senior Lecturer in Enterprise is not surprised at Andrew’s success having taught him whilst at the School: “Andy is a great advocate of the MEnt and of Manchester Enterprise Centre. Andy was also instrumental in the creation of Entrepreneurs at Manchester one of the UK's largest University Societies. From Manchester Andy applied to Entrepreneur First, a government led Accelerator programme which is where he met his business partner. From then on they have gone from strength to strength and gaining investment.”

When Andrew met his co-founder Felix Kenton, the pair started out with little more than a £100 advertising voucher. ClickMechanic then grew rapidly due to its lean methodology and transparent service. Funding has since been proffered by a range of prominent investors including Forward Partners, Entrepreneur First and the former CEO of JustEat.