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Edinburgh, UWTSD, UEL, Leeds Beckett, LJMU in the news for enterprise

University of Edinburgh: Inspire Launch Grow awards

Edinburgh Research and Innovation hosted over 100 guests from the University, Scottish Government and industry at the Inspire Launch Grow Awards.

The annual showcase event celebrates and recognises entrepreneurial talent from students and academic staff. Judges selected 18 finalists for this year’s competition in which a £20,000 prize fund was distributed across four categories. Guests viewed each of this year’s finalists’ pitch films before the winners were announced. As well as the Enterprise Award and Innovation Cup, two new award categories were created to reflect the record number of social enterprise entries and innovation ideas submitted this year, these are the Social and Environmental Award and the Emerging Innovation Award. Full story here. Pictured above are joint first place winners Sam Howarth and Jack Ryder with their innovative business, Bump. The other joint first place went to Cavid Nadirov with GetGuided.


UWTSD: Race to Market uses Life Design programme

Enterprising students at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David pitched their business ideas to a panel of industry experts at the University’s Race to Market event. The event brought together students across the University for a week long Apprentice style business challenge. The week saw students hone their skills in business development, pitching and networking supported by mentors. UWTSD has developed a strong reputation for entrepreneurship developed through its International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development (IICED). Race to Market uses the principles of Life Design, a four step programme developed at UWTSD, that uses design thinking techniques to help students make the most of their time at University and prepare for their future. Read the full story here.


University of East London: Celebrating a year of entrepreneurial success

UEL celebrated a year of entrepreneurial success from its students and graduates with awards ceremonies for their Haberdashers and E-Factor competitions. Over eighty students applied with their start-up ideas with twenty being chosen to go through an intensive boot-camp from student enterprise expert, Junior Ogunyemi. Five finalists were picked to pitch in Canary Wharf to a panel of judges, with VidiCREW winning the top prize of £6,000. Read the full story here. In addition to E-Factor, five businesses run by UEL graduates were chosen to each receive a grant of £2,000 in partnership with the Haberdashers’ Livery Company. The Haberdashers’ competition has now seen over 100 businesses gain investment since 2004. Read more here.


Leeds Beckett University: Summer Start-Up Challenge 2017

On the 20-21st June Leeds Beckett University launched its first Summer Start-Up Challenge attended by 18 students who want to start up in business. The theme of the Challenge was ‘less talk, more action’ with the programme geared towards allowing attendees to assess their customers, test their assumptions and create a market ready service or product in less than 48 hours. Kirstie Frenneaux explained the event ethos ‘’We typically find that new start-ups can get overwhelmed by researching their idea. The Challenge will encourage them to be agile and to give them space to shape their ideas quickly and get feedback from customers at an earlier stage’. Find out more here.


LJMU: Award and finalist for entrepreneurship excellence

The Liverpool John Moores University Centre for Entrepreneurship received the Vice Chancellor’s award for professional excellence a the annual professional services conference on 27th June. Also, in the news at LJMU, is Professor David Gibson OBE who has been shortlisted as a finalist for the International Teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship Excellence award to be held at the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Paris on September 21st.

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