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Middlesex: Barnet Micro-Business Growth Programme
Middlesex University partnered with Barnet Council to provide a unique programme of short training courses, specifically designed to support the growth and development of local micro-businesses. Ten short courses were designed and delivered to provide businesses with the tools, knowledge and confidence to grow, and over 50 unique businesses benefited from the co-designed programme convened at Middlesex University. Following their attendance, 20 businesses are being allocated an MDX student/graduate intern, who will shortly start working on helping them implement growth strategies. Dr Chris Moon, fellow of Enterprise Educators UK, delivered workshops on Entrepreneurship and Sustainability as part of the programme.


Napier:Innovative online learning in entrepreneurship Education,
This publication explores how educational scaffolding can facilitate the delivery of online experiential activities to improve the entrepreneurial learning experience and the performance of music management students by using information and communications technology tools within the virtual learning environment. A case study methodology was adopted to present two scenarios of innovative online learning delivered in a postgraduate programme in music management. The findings show that, by strengthening industry links, tutors can build a portfolio of online practical activities that represent the ‘real-life’ industry, helping to forge long-term, collaborative partnerships to facilitate learners’ acquisition of more meaningful knowledge and opportunities. Read more.


Robert Gordon University: Innovation Award gives student the edge
Imagination is key to using innovation to help solve problems. Using imagination and the innovative meta skills acquired through the RGU Innovation award, Azibaolanari Okungbowa a RGU postgraduate Procurement and Supply Chain Management student, determined how Big Data Analytics can be deployed to help solve the problems of climate change, especially within supply chain. Big Data Analytics is vital to reducing scope 3 emissions, thus the topic “The Contribution Of Big Data Analytics In Reducing Scope 3 Emissions” emerged. This research was used in a CIPS global symposium competition in the UK, with Azibaolanari emerging top 6 amongst other finalists.


BCU: The STEAMhouse Pre-Incubator
Within the Pre-Incubator is a suite of a programmes designed to build knowledge, confidence, and networks, and equip participants with the attributes every entrepreneur needs with one programme. This is referring to our STEAMhouse Hatchery Programme, which is a ten-week boot camp where eligible participants create and cultivate a business plan with the help of expert mentors from all aspects of business, workshops, access to great facilities and taught sessions. The finalists receive a cash prize, a space in our Pre-Incubator and a furnished business plan that they can use to launch their venture.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWHNHOmdw2


Glasgow: Adam Smith Business School leads on £1.2m project to develop data-driven entrepreneurship
The Business School is leading a new €1.2m project to develop data-driven entrepreneurship across a consortium of EU universities.The work aims to develop partner Universities entrepreneurship capacity, increase the volume of student and staff start-ups, and upskill roles that support innovation and commercialisation. The work will cover everything from agri-tech and the space sector, through to precision medicine and fintech. Partners include Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Corvinus University in Budapest and industry partners such as Stac.ac, Fintech Scotland, ARM Advanced RISC Machines, Barclays Eagle Labs and Censis


Bristol: SETsquared Bristol’s Enterprising Women 3.0
Applications are now open for SETsquared Bristol’s Enterprising Women 3.0 – a supportive and inclusive business support programme, fully funded by NatWest, to help women take their business or idea to the next stage. You’ll benefit from SETsquared Bristol’s world-class business support and a valuable network to connect with. All costs for the programme are covered, apart from your own expenses. The opportunity is open to tech and non-tech businesses/ideas. Apply by 8 December


UCL entrepreneurs win global Techstars investment

Two UCL startups have been selected for prestigious Techstars Accelerator programmes, which provide investment opportunities for early-stage entrepreneurs.Startups BoxxDocks and Charter have secured coveted spots on the London and Space programmes respectively. Read more here.

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Sussex: Startup Cycle’ 

Students at the University of Sussex took part in a sustainability-themed ‘Startup Cycle’ tour of Brighton’s business community.  The group, including participants from the university’s accelerator programme, travelled the city by bike and foot to hear from startup founders and see inside work spaces. Their stops included a guided tour of co-working space PLATF9RM with founder talks, and a trip to ethical supermarket HISBE Food. This year Sussex extends its provision for social entrepreneurs, partnering with University of California Berkeley to offer social impact contest Big Ideas, supported by a new early stage programme, Ideas Lab.


Keele: EEUK Associate Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Georgian Technical University are celebrating their 100th birthday and the academic council have awarded Dr Colin Rigby an honorary doctorate for the introduction of enterprise to their education and also a visiting Professor role.  Colin commented in his acceptance speech “This is one of the greatest honours of my professional career so far, I am very much looking forward to taking up my role as a visiting professor. This is the beginning of our journey and I look forward to the continuation of our amazing team here at GTU particularly after successfully gaining EEUK membership through Creative Flame”.  

 

 

 

 


Manchester: Development of a Data Warehouse for the Assessment of Entrepreneurship Education and Venture Creation
Colleagues from The University of Manchester presented their work at the British Academy of Management Conference on “Development of a Data Warehouse for the Assessment of Entrepreneurship Education and Venture Creation” Papadopoulou, K.A., Phillips, R.A., Salder, J., Salehi, F. Measuring the success of entrepreneurship education (EE) is complex. Metrics used are varied, students may be from any school and had varying interaction with EE making any meaningful tracking difficult. A data warehouse is proposed to collate information from a variety of sources in an organised manner to allow educators to identify effectiveness and how EE may be measured. Read the full article here.


Bristol: Breakthrough Bursary

Calling all UK tech entrepreneurs from a minority ethnic background – take your business to the next level! Apply for SETsquared Bristol’s Breakthrough Bursary to access heavily discounted business support. SETsquared’s incubation programme can help early-stage startups with market readiness or help existing businesses to scale and raise investmentIf you want help to grow your business and make an impact in the world, apply by 7 November.


KCL: New Ventures and Innovators join King’s Accelerators

The Entrepreneurship Institute has welcomed 20 of the brightest and highest potential ventures from across King’s College London onto its King’s20 Accelerator. Cohort VII will participate in an intensive programme to accelerate their first stage of growth, with access to leading expert mentorship, investment opportunities, coaching and the chance to develop the 7 skills of an Entrepreneurial Mindset to aid their success. Eight innovators will also start their 12-month journey on the Innovator at King’s Accelerator. The second cohort of eight innovators are companies that have been developed from King’s research, founded by researchers and PhD students.

King’s20: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/meet-the-ventures-kings20-2022-23

Innovators: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/meet-the-innovators-at-kings-cohort-2


The Weave Brings Social Innovation to its Region.
Most businesses are stuck solving today’s problems and addressing the current needs of society. Rarely do they have the energy or time to engage with a future yet to be imagined and wholly unknown. That is why we designed and delivering the North Essex Social Impact Hackathon from the 18th to the 20th of November. The event brings the region’s universities and small businesses together to collaborate and develop social innovation. The best ideas have the opportunity to access a £20k fund where dreams can become a reality. More details herehttps://wearetheweave.co.uk/socialimpacthackathon

 

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Bristol: Enterprise Sessions

A series of films by the University of Bristol in which company founders, researchers and academics talk candidly about their personal experiences working in the enterprise space has attracted widespread praise for its diverse subject matter and honest approach.

The Enterprise Sessions see Professor Michele Barbour, the University’s Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor: Enterprise & Innovation interview guests about the challenges and opportunities of forming spin-out and start-up companies, on raising funding, collaborating on industry partnerships, and the joys of seeing the impact of their research realized.

Michele’s guests include company founders Tom Carter (Ultraleap), Neciah Dorh (FluoretiQ) and Konstantina Psoma(Kaedim), alongside academics working in industry partnerships or as consultants.


Manchester: Winners announced for the 2022 Harari Graphene Enterprise Award

Physics alumnus and founder of global flash-memory giant, SanDisk, Dr. Eli Harari has generously supported the annual competition.

This year’s first prize winning venture is developing a green, bioinspired alternative to ceramic tiles. Second prize was awarded to a company using graphene as the strain sensing element in wide-area strain sensing applications from aerospace to fitness tracking.

The winners of the new sustainability award were a team aiming to develop a neuroprosthetic device that allows amputees to feel the ground as they walk with their prosthetic leg.

Find out more about the winners


Nottingham: YES22

YES is an innovative global competition developed to raise awareness among Master and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, research fellows and technicians how ideas can be commercialised.For the past 27 years, teams, united by a dedication to their subject, curiosity, enthusiasm and a desire to learn, attempt to deploy novel science and engineering to address societal challenges such as the ageing population, sustainable food production and global warming. In this way, they develop a business plan for a start-up company based on a hypothetical but plausible idea. Our deadline for applications for #YES22 is fast approaching – Sunday 25 September.Click here for more information.

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York: New hub to empower Yorkshire’s entrepreneurs and improve communities

The University of York believes in the power of enterprise and entrepreneurship as a driver for social change. To support this mission, we have launched Enterprise Works – an innovative hub bringing together regional business support, local communities and entrepreneurs to support start-ups and businesses to grow, and enterprising talent to become entrepreneurs.“We are laying the foundations for new entrepreneurial futures – futures which are open to anyone, from any community, with access to the right advice, services and support”

Professor Kiran Trehan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Partnerships and Engagement www.york.ac.uk/enterprise-works

Arts: DBACE 2022

LCF BA(Hons) Fashion Design and Development graduate Chamiah Dewey has won £15,000 funding from the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs. Chamiah Dewey Fashion is the UK’s first clothing brand for people with dwarfism, offering stylish, timeless pieces, made in eco-conscious fabrics, produced in the UK. Starting with a measurement audit sent out to women with Dwarfism, Chamiah also developed the World’s first tailor’s dummy in the form of a woman with Achondroplasia. Chamiah will use the funding to develop two collections for people with Dwarfism allowing them to take their brand to show at London Fashion Week.


Solent: Innovation Hub

Solent Business School, Solent University Southampton, is pleased to announce that it has gained funding to open an Innovation Hub to support the Enterprise eco-system within the School and University.    We are reaching out to our fellow HEIs for advice and guidance around developing this type of space and even potentially being able to visit your already developed spaces?   Please contact with claire.hughes@solent.ac.uk if you might be able to support this, we will be very happy to host you in return at the opening of our Innovation Hub centre.

Lancaster: Regenerative curriculum co-created with students and local community

Good Place Innovators from Lancaster University Management School, an EEUK funded project, presented their model of regenerative curriculum at the Lancaster University Education Conference attended by over 100 staff and students from Lancaster global family. The focus of the project has been on encouraging educators to incorporate place into their curriculum and the conference paper confirmed the positive impact on students learning as well as regenerative approach to curriculum development enhancing the academic engagement. The conference page provides more details about the project approach: Conference | Good Place Innovators (lancs.ac.uk)

Durham Venture School. US Trip

DVS is a six-month accelerator programme open to any Durham graduate. The first cohort concluded in May culminating in a trip to Silicon Valley to connect with Durham alumni, both entrepreneurs and investors. Highlights included meeting Silicon Valley’s latest tech unicorn, a visit to Start X at Stanford University and a masterclass on fundraising at the HQ of Andreesen Horowitz.  This amazing experience was both aspirational and inspirational; and expanded the groups horizons as to their potential and what they think is possible. You can find out more DVS. chris.gilman@durham.ac.uk.

 

Bristol: Start-up wins University funding

A student start-up developing an on-the-go cleaning case for reusable menstrual cups has won a slice of £75,000 in funding from the University of Bristol after following an Innovation degree.   With a growing acceptance of enterprise and entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol, teams from across the University now deliver education and support in joined up way that has led to increased funding and improved delivery. Beyond the headlines there have been many financial and support packages delivered through RunwayBasecamp and SetSquared this last academic year and the teams are coming together to deliver bigger and better by 2023!

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Cardiff Met: Annual CF5 Business Bootcamp marks Cardiff Met’s latest achievements in graduate outcomes and start up success’

From 20th – 24th June, Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship ran its annual CF5 Business Bootcamp empowering students and graduates by equipping them with the tools and confidence to begin their start up journey. The flagship event supports entrepreneurially minded students and graduates to explore self-employment via a weeklong intensive programme of interactive workshops, activities, networking, and pitching. The invaluable support and development provided during the week culminated in a demo day, allowing participants to practice their pitch decks and exhibit their products to receive feedback before applying for up to £3000 provided by Santander Universities – https://bit.ly/3bQ6hNl

 

NTU: Phil Clarke FEEUK, to leave Nottingham Trent University at the end of July, 17 Years after jumping for joy at getting a job in enterprise education. 

The seed was planted during a casual conversation over dinner, a friend suggesting that Phil’s knowledge and experience of running businesses for 17 years could be well used in education. Two weeks later Phil spotted an ad for a role at NTU (at The Hive). He “jumped for joy” when he got the job, his enthusiasm for enterprise education has never diminished and the rest, as they say, is history!

If you’d like to leave Phil a message and/or contribute to the online collection https://www.thankbox.com/app/thankbox/1mIshtkb

 

Derby: Top 100 Businesses in Derbyshire

Researchers from Derby Business School have compiled the annual list of Top 200 businesses in Derbyshire. The list is based on turnover — a simple but powerful indicator of business growth and relative positioning. This Top 200 will feed into the East Midlands Top 500 Companies league table, due to be published in July. Some clear trends and growth sectors have emerged in the 2022 listing for Derbyshire, including decarbonisation and clean growth tech, digital, and services more broadly.

Find out more about the Top 200 listing >

Arts: Enterprise Challenge 2022

LCF are pleased to announce this year’s winners of its annual Enterprise Challenge. The first-place winners of the 2022 Enterprise Challenge Award are duo Alice Simpson, MA Fashion Design Technology (Menswear), and Emily Taylor, MA Fashion Futures, for their pitch on SAGES, a company creating natural dyes derived from food waste products. They will receive funding from the Challenge sponsors Shaftesbury PLC, PR and digital coaching support from Sister London, marketing promotion from Eyes on Talents, mentoring from The Wall Group and one year of membership from Soho Works including two interviews and a dedicated launch event.

Solent: The Business Pitch

The Business Pitch, a competition for entrepreneurial students and alumni from Solent University, Southampton, reached its climax crowning Mitch Wisniewski the winner, who received a £10,000 investment to accelerate his company Other Skies.    There was also a Golden Ticket presented by Carey Moore, NatWest’s Regional Director, Corporate & Commercial Banking, Solent, to Benjamin Warrington, WellBeing First.  On announcing the winner lead judge, Theo Paphitis, said, “This is a fantastic prize. Projects like this provide start-up businesses with an incredible step up, giving them access to mentors and support during a crucial stage of their business, which I’m sure will be of great benefit.”

Kingston: Enterprise informed by the lived experiences of Black students and employers 

A year-long enterprise catalyst was delivered by Nigel Page, Amanda Baker, Martha Mador and Zion Sengulay-Thomas with Jacqui Piner (GSK) and EMBRACE to support and encourage Black diversity in the pharmaceutical industry. Conscious of disadvantages facing Black students in HE and beyond, the programme provided an immersive experience empowering Black students with creativity skills and confidence. The programme included networking opportunities with a variety of industrial professionals benefitting students by engaging with role models that looked like them, hearing about their career journeys and identifying key future skills.

Gloucestershire: The Ingenuity Programme

The Ingenuity Programme exists to tackle the UK’s major social and environmental challenges through the creation of impactful new start-ups. Start and Grow Enterprise played an important part in coordinating activity for the West of England. On 17th June 2022, Ingenuity announced its four 2022 finalists, two of which are Start and Grow Enterprise business clients! One of these finalists is Kesha Kellam, founder of Gloucestershire domestic abuse peer support group, Honour Thy Woman. The second finalist is Dave Pearson, founder of Mindminder. The finalists were given nearly £90,000 of funding to help them in the early stages of their entrepreneurial journeys.

NTU: Enactus innovative Knife Crime Project

Enactus NTU has developed an innovative Knife Crime project using VR and real stories of people affected by knife-crime, to provide a powerful learning experience in understanding the effects of knife crime. The project connected with many internal and external community organisations with  more engagements planned with  the NHS and other anti-knife crime agencies.  The  project was sole winner of the SAP Partner Competition £1000 to invest in the project and accelerate its impact . The video can be seen here https://vimeo.com/685295566/1d7f7f51e4

Exposure through EEUK will increase project credibility and prove beneficial as we raise future funding.

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St Andrews: The Entrepreneurship Centre

The Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of St Andrews opened its doors for the first time in September 2021. In the space of just a few months, the centre has had fantastic success by integrating itself into the university eco-system by providing practical entrepreneurship training to help turn ideas and research into a commercial reality. Across 4 structured programmes covering for-profit enterprise, social entrepreneurship, web development and cloud computing, the training allows participants to develop their ideas further. Alongside the programmes, the centre hosts a busy events calendar including Lunch & Learn workshops, regular pitching sessions and a fantastic Speaker Series. The centre also provides support to university spinouts who have collectively raised £1.2m in non-dilutive funding. Lastly, the centre plays a key role in supporting consultancy projects for the university.

Durham University’s “Game Changer” Included in United Nations SDG Publication

Durham University’s Game Changer programme has been chosen by the United Nations to feature in their “SDG Good Practices: A compilation of success stories and lessons learned in SDG Implementation” publication. Chosen from over 700 submissions down to 21, the case study tells how over 500 students have participated in the programme since 2019. Game Changer uses design thinking tools to enable students to generate solutions to problems highlighted by the SDGs. Click here to read the publication. If you would like a copy of Durham University’s Game Changer toolkit to run the programme with your own students, email rachel.bickerdike@durham.ac.uk.

RGU: engages Regional Startup Accelerator finalists to compete for £80,000 in prize funding

Robert Gordon University successfully hosted their fourth annual Regional Startup Accelerator Programme showcase event, where £80,000 in prize funding were given out to the entrepreneurial teams. At the event, nine finalists got to pitch their business ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. This year 36 teams have taken part in the program and have come up with a broad variety of ideas, ranging from clean energy to safety technology and more. Find out which teams won, by watching the event online and learn who got awarded cash prizes in categories such as ‘Climate Impact Award’ or ‘Regional Impact Award’.

Imperial College: Launch of new podcast

The Imperial Enterprise Lab has recently launched a brand new podcast Black & Found, focusing on amplifying the entrepreneurial journeys of Black/Black mixed heritage founders. The concept of the podcast was inspired by statistics highlighting the lack of investment, promotion and exposure of Black led ventures. The first series welcomes guests with an association to Imperial College London including alumni and one of their Imperial Venture Mentoring Service mentors. Please tune in, be inspired and share!

University of Nottingham: YES22 rethinking the future

YES22 is open for applications! Calling STEM PhDs, postdocs, technicians, early career academics and knowledge exchange professionals, to take part this autumn in Biotechnology YES, Engineering YES or Environment YES to gain commercial awareness and business skills from leading entrepreneurs and practitioners. YES is a global competition for those wishing to deploy novel science and engineering to address environmental and societal challenges. This year’s prize fund is £10k+. Discover more here; join one of our 30-minute online information sessions or help raise awareness.

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KCL: King’s Business School partner the British Business Excellence Awards

“Celebrating the very best of British business, the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards are proud to announce that entries are now open. The prestigious awards showcase the most notable businesses in the country, celebrating creativity, innovation and resilience within a variety of industries. The awards host a total of 16 award categories, with five brand new categories for 2022; The Lloyds Bank Sustainable Business of the Year, Diversity Champion of the Year, ESG Champion of the Year, Business Transformation of the Year and Leader of the Year. Enter here before June 13th.

Lancaster: Good Place Podcast 

Good Place Innovators in Lancaster University have launched a podcast as a part of their EEUK research project related to transforming communities with an extra sensitive eye for place, local context and true community needs through inter-connectivity of enterprise and design. This series of podcasts welcomes a diverse collection of place makers, place lovers and place believers aiming to inspire educators to connect to their place and transform their curriculum and students into responsible citizens with curious mind and a greater sense of belonging. Tune in and tell us what you think! Podcasts | Good Place Innovators (lancs.ac.uk)

Manchester: Network Intelligence (nIQ) Coaching launches 

Dr. Daria Tataj, Founder and CEO Tataj Innovation, and Honorary Professor at the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC) is launching the pilot Train-the-Trainer programme for Network Intelligence coaching. Network Intelligence is the capacity to turn people in your networks into collaborators who help you and your team increase performance, innovate, and grow with a purpose in mind. Learn how to optimise and power your network. This programme is for anyone, who wishes to master the Network Intelligence methodology to accelerate digital transformation, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking and catalyse the organisational change process. Find our more here

UWE Bristol: students Empowering refugee entrepreneurs 

UWE Bristol recently hosted a Social Impact Hackathon – a start-up brainstorming event where UWE students from the Team Entrepreneurship, Law, and Business and Management undergraduate programmes collaborated with refugee and migrant entrepreneurs associated with the West of England Growth Hub and Ashley Community & Housing to ideate solutions to the challenges faced within their ventures. The event helped the participants develop competencies such as team working, problem-solving, leadership, innovation, networking and building rapport and empathy. The teams pitched their solutions to a panel of business experts, receiving valuable feedback to guide them on the next steps of their ventures. 

York: The Myles Challenges App 

A fledgling business founded by University of York alumni has raised £250,000 to develop their fitness app. The Myles Challenges app offers virtual fitness challenges to help organisations with wellbeing, teambuilding, and fundraising. Over 17,000 people have signed up for the platform so far. The business is one of several supported by the University in recent years. In 2020, the University launched a new investment fund, Venture One, which offers funding to help businesses build their product or service to then demonstrate to investors.

Manchester: entrepreneurs share £75,000 prize money at Venture Further Awards 2022

Fifteen teams of Manchester-based entrepreneurs have been awarded cash prizes as part of the annual Venture Further start-up competition hosted by the Masood Entrepreneurship Centre (MEC). The winners were announced during a ceremony hosted by registrar, secretary and COO of The University of Manchester, Patrick Hackett, celebrating  the entrepreneurial talent and creativity of students and recent graduates across The University of Manchester. Lynn Sheppard, Director of MEC, commented: “The annual Venture Further competition is an opportunity for our students and early stage graduates to pitch their start-up ideas and win a significant cash injection to help realise their business goals.” Find out more about the winners

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Dundee: “Entrepreneurship Week 2022’

Entrepreneurship Week 2022 from the Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Dundee showcased the local entrepreneurial spirit as well as an array of opportunities to learn from, be inspired by, and connect with business speakers and their success stories. As well as a series of workshops for budding entrepreneurs, we saw the final of Scotland’s largest university business idea funding competition – Venture 2022. Our annual public lecture was conducted by Christopher McCann – founder of Current Health – click here. Chris was studying medicine at Dundee and within 7 years took Current Health to being the 2nd largest digital health exit in Europe. Centre for Entrepreneurship : University of Dundee.

Derby: New Regional Economic Observatory to positively impact businesses, people and communities.

A new initiative designed to support local businesses and communities, has recently been launched by the University of Derby. The University of Derby Regional Economic Observatory (UDREO) aims to work with local businesses to build a robust evidence base to inform economic and social policy deliberations, engage with people and communities, and produce analysis to support engagement with local and national government policy.The University will regularly collect empirical data on business intelligence, social attitudes and the labour market, so it can report on the real challenges, barriers and opportunities facing the region. Find out more.

Portsmouth: University of Portsmouth – creating a toolkit to improve the student experience on external projects

The University of Portsmouth is nearing completion of the Student Engagement in Knowledge (SEKE) toolkit aimed at enhancing knowledge exchange for students working on external projects. The toolkit will be available across UK HE, with tips, guidance and other resources for students, academic and external collaborators. We have also been conducting secondary research, interviews and surveys to gain insights about the enablers and barriers to successful learning in SEKE projects. Our work is one of 20 SEKE projects funded by the Office for Students and UK Research and Innovation.  Contact us at cscb@port.ac.uk

RGU: secures over £450,000 in funding for entrepreneurship programmes

Robert Gordon University have successfully secured funding from the North East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund to deliver a range of programmes to upskill entrepreneurs and boost business growth both in the university community and for the wider region. The Regional Startup Accelerator which saw hundreds of applications has taken on 36 teams who will get equity-free seed funding, mentorship, co-working space and training while the short courses provide upskilling opportunities for founders in key sectors such as creative industries, food, drink and tourism as well as one focusing on enterprising women. Find out more online.

Hertfordshire: National University Business Competition

The University of Hertfordshire (Led by Stephen Robinson) supported 2 teams in the semi-finals of the national University Business Competition, with one team making it through to the final. The University Business Challenge Worldwide is the world’s longest established simulation-based online competition designed to develop Undergraduate and Postgraduate employability skills.

Bristol: University launches Student Start-up Accelerator

Enterprise Educators UK Honorary Fellow and External Partnership Manager at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Neil Coles said, “for many years I’ve noted the excellent support delivered to get students ready for self-employment by our Careers Service here at Bristol and the world-renown support of SETSquared, but what happens between the two? Well that’s where I’d position the fantastic Runway initiative.  We’re about supporting first investments and getting graduate starts ready for whatever comes next.” Find our more online.

EEUK features in inaugural Octopus of Enterprise Educators podcast

Written by Rob Edwards

Listen now to the first episode of new podcast, The Octopus of Enterprise Educators, as host Diana Pasek-Atkinson of NTU Enterprise chats with EEUK President, Dr Emily Beaumont and EEUK Vice President, Dr Philip Clegg about the role and remit of EEUK and the exciting opportunity of being part of one of the organisation’s new MAGs (Membership Advisory Groups).

EEUK President, Dr Emily Beaumont

The MAGs are a new initiative from EEUK. The three groups focus on the needs of EEUK Associates (i.e. anyone working within an EEUK member organisation) that align with the three professional pathways identified by the EEUK Fellowship; Academic, Practitioner and Influencer.

Members of the groups advise the Board of issues and opportunities related to the specific pathway as well as generate ideas on how EEUK can develop its offer. The groups are also responsible for the production of targeted marketing materials, communications and online resources. Each group has six places for the relevant EEUK Associates and each has six vacancies currently. The Terms of Reference for the MAGs are available here; anyone at an EEUK member organisation who is interested in applying to join a MAG should complete the form on the EEUK website. The current deadline is Friday 29th April.

EEUK Vice President, Dr Philip Clegg

 

About The Octopus of Enterprise Educators

Sister to The Octopus Of Enterprise, The Octopus Of Enterprise Educators is a new podcast from NTU Enterprise for those who help anyone and everyone to understand enterprise, start-up, grow and innovate in business, in education and beyond. Thank you to the team for inviting EEUK to take part.

 

Listen to the podcast episode below!

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Aston: BSEEN celebrates student entrepreneurs with startup showcase.

Over 300 people gathered at the Custard Factory in Birmingham on 17 February for a celebration of student and graduate entrepreneurs in Birmingham. The BSEEN Showcase 2022 highlighted the work of 40 entrepreneurs who have benefitted from the award-winning 12-month start-up support programme which helps participants to make their ideas a reality through expert training, mentoring, funding and a supportive entrepreneurial community. BSEEN is a collaboration between Aston University, Birmingham City University, University College Birmingham and Newman University. Businesses featured at the exhibition included Chefiesta (a diverse meal prep company) and Hummingbird (platform connecting investors with start-ups in the developing world). Find out more here.

Portsmouth: University of Portsmouth ‘Pitch to the Experts’ Day.

Inspirational, confidence building, valuable, highlight of the year, making connections – these are some of the words used following our first ‘Pitch to the Experts’ day at the University of Portsmouth. We have a strong Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme; 30 entrepreneurial alumni and business owners who support our enterprising endeavours in many ways, however time is precious and therefore limited. This is where the day of pitching, Q&A, and 1:1 round table discussion came in; 8 students pitching to 8 Entrepreneurs dragons den style, seeking advice, connections and maybe some investment.

Glasgow: University of Glasgow StartUp Factory weekend 

The annual University of Glasgow StartUp Factory weekend recently made a return to our annual calendar having paused since 2019. Delivered on campus, the event supported students to develop a new business idea over the course of 48 hours before pitching to a panel of judges for a £1,000 prize. More information can be found about the event and our winners here

 

Gloucestershire: Start and Grow Enterprise

Start and Grow Enterprise is a project funded by the University of Gloucestershire and the European Regional Development Fund. We offer new businesses expert training, interactive workshops, networking events, the chance to apply for a £1,000 reimbursed grant, and the opportunity to benefit from 1-to-1 business coaching. As Start and Grow Enterprise enters its 5th year, the business support team have engaged with over 1,200 new entrepreneurs and given out 11,500 hours of business support, worth over £350,000, and given out another £75,000 in business grants. This support has resulted in an average 10% increase in turnover for early-stage businesses. Read the full blog here.

UWTDS: First Harmonious Entrepreneurship online competition

On 2nd March, IICED, UWTSD’s Professor of Practice David A. Kirby & Felicity Healey-Benson successfully launched the first Harmonious Entrepreneurship online competition in partnership with the UWTSD and the University of Malaya-Wales. The competition introduces students and staff to Harmonious Entrepreneurship (HE) and encourages the formation of HE ventures that address the sustainability challenge. In addition to well-stocked event webpages, participants are signposted to an online-short course (part-funded by EEUK), 60+ case studies, and skills-focused videos. All entrants will receive feedback and participation certificates. There are cash prizes, venture support, and potential access to Circklo’s sustainability business configurator package. Read more.

KCL: Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Chancellor visit King’s College London to hear from female entrepreneurs

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2022, Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer MP and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rachel Reeves MP yesterday (Monday 7 March) visited the Entrepreneurship Institute (EI) at King’s College London to discuss how women can be better supported to thrive as entrepreneurs and the role universities can play in making this happen. Read more.