University of Hertfordshire – Successful Alumni who Founded Startups

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Dennis Relojo-Howell – University of Hertfordshire – Psychreg




Dennis is an alumnus of the University of Hertfordshire, where he completed an MSc Research Methods in Psychology. The University was the obvious choice for Dennis because he lived close by in Letchworth Garden City. Whilst completing his master’s degree, he discovered a supportive community and engaging lecturers.

Soon, he was inspired to launch a blog: Psychreg started out as a psychology directory but soon evolved into a useful online resource in psychology, mental health, and wellness. He also hosts a YouTube channel, and manages an open access journal.

Dennis is honoured to have been recognised for his contributions; he was recognised by the UK Blog Awards, being named ‘Blogger of the Year’ in the 2020 Mental Health Blog Awards. He also hopes to propel Psychreg into the top 10 most visited psychology websites in the world. Currently, his blog is a start-up company where he is able to publish online contents relating to psychology and he also hosts events within his community alongside managing a small team of five people.

To further hone his research skills so that he can offer an evidence-based psychology content, he decided to undertake a PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Edinburgh. As a social entrepreneur and founder of Psychreg, Dennis’ aim is to leverage digital spaces to promote positive mental health.


John Kennedy – University of Hertfordshire – ELeather




ELeather is an original pioneer of creating engineered leather out of sustainable materials. ELeather materials are made from leather offcuts collected from tanneries that would otherwise be sent to landfill. The company has developed a unique, patented manufacturing process that results in materials that are more durable yet equally as luxurious as traditional leather at a fraction of the environmental cost.

It’s committed to minimising the public’s environmental impact by making efficient use of the world’s scarce, natural resources and severely limiting our carbon emissions while creating the high-quality products that consumers demand.

Originally founded in the UK in 2007, it now exports over 90% of its sales to more than 50 countries and boasts Nike and EasyJet as customers. ELeather plans to launch a new range of high-performance and sustainable products in the new year as well as recruit and expand its talent base by expanding into new international markets.


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