Latest #EntEd news from five EEUK members

Written by Lynn O'Byrne

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.

Latest #EntEd news from six EEUK members

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

Latest #EntEd news from six EEUK members

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!

Latest #EntEd news from six EEUK members

Written by Lynn O'Byrne

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.

#EntEd news from SHU, LSBU and UCL

Written by Kate Beresford

 

Sheffield Hallam: Innovative entrepreneurs celebrated

The annual Hallam Enterprise Awards is the flagship start-up competition event at Sheffield Hallam University, supported with start-up funding from Santander Bank. Since 2020 the awards have been hosted online but at the end of 2021 the Enterprise Team honoured both the 2020 and 2021 finalists at an in-person networking event (see above).  Damien Mullany, deputy relationship manager at Santander Universities UK said: “We are delighted to support student and graduate start-ups at Sheffield Hallam. The start-up support offered to students and graduates at Sheffield Hallam, which includes the HEA, is vital to encourage them to make their business dreams a reality.”

 

LSBU alumnus appears on Dragons’ Den!

Aaron Branch, a Music and Sonic Media graduate from London South Bank University (LSBU) recently appeared on Dragons’ Den with fellow tech entrepreneur, Zak Lloyd, to pitch their business. Delivrme is an app that allows you to get anything and everything – from medicines to iPads – delivered straight to your door. Whilst they didn’t get any investment, they did receive positive feedback and have since raised over £700,000 and counting via crowdfunding. This isn’t Aaron’s only entrepreneurial venture; in 2017/18, LSBU’s Student Enterprise team supported him to grow Social Agendas, a digital marketing agency. Read more here.

 

UCL: Quantum machine learning startup joins US biotech firm

UCL startup Rahko has been acquired by biotechnology company Odyssey Therapeutics to help develop new drugs for patients with cancer and inflammatory diseases. Rahko’s technology will help Odyssey Therapeutics establish the next generation of oncology drugs and immunomodulators (drugs that can support the immune system in its response to the medicine). It’ll also enable them to find drugs for patients with inflammatory diseases and cancer more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Read more here.

 

Latest #EntEd news from four EEUK members

Written by Kate Beresford

 

Sheffield Hallam: THE Outstanding Entrepreneurial University 2021

This award is the culmination of five years of hard work from fantastic colleagues across Sheffield Hallam to embed entrepreneurial and employability principles within the curriculum, our partnerships, and research programmes. The judges praised the university for its “comprehensive approach” to embedding entrepreneurship. The Enterprise Team’s contribution was a significant factor in the university winning the award. Over the past 5 years the team (pictured above) has developed one of the largest sandwich year placement schemes in the UK. In addition, the team has made important progress towards embedding enterprise and entrepreneurial skills development into the curriculum through the Enterprise Residency programme.

 

Westminster: Pioneer Programme

Westminster Enterprise Network (WeNetwork) have partnered with VoXo to deliver their 2021 Entrepreneurship Pioneer Programme; an online programme to inspire and empower current students from underrepresented backgrounds and identities to explore entrepreneurship. The programme offers 30 selected students expert led workshops, mentoring and opportunities to connect with investors, inspirational founders, and industry leaders. The programme is underlined by WeNetwork’s mission to make entrepreneurship and industry more inclusive and representative of the diversity of the University of Westminster student community, by contributing to the building of a diverse, experienced, confident, and highly skilled talent pipeline. Find out more

 

York: Showcase of entrepreneurial achievements

Students at the University of York gathered in person for the first time since lockdown to showcase entrepreneurial achievements made during the University’s ‘Summer Accelerator’. Of the fifteen businesses piloted, six students made presentations on their progress to a panel of alumni and local entrepreneurs. The ideas on show varied widely, from sanitation solutions for off grid communities to avionic systems designed to sanitise large spaces. The panel offered helpful feedback about next steps to all the presenters. With this feedback, combined with the contacts made during the networking session, the students demonstrated a good foundation with which to strike out into the world of start-ups, or simply enhance their employability more generally.

 

Cardiff Met: Christmas market returns

After a brief hiatus last year, the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Met were delighted to bring back their annual Christmas market. With a record number of stalls, students and graduates were able to test trade, market their start ups and gain valuable customer feedback throughout the day. The market was a one stop shop for local, handmade and unique Christmas gifts and a collaboration with Riverside Food Markets made for a festive community feel on campus. Alongside the in person event, a virtual gift guide was also launched which has received over 570 views via social media and email.

 

 

 

Latest #EntEd news from EEUK members

Written by Kate Beresford

 

Durham: Student wins the inaugural Global Student Prize

Jeremiah Thoronka, a student at Durham University, has won the Chegg.org Global Student Prize for his efforts in trying to combat energy poverty in his native Sierra Leone. Actor Hugh Jackman announced Jeremiah the winner of the award and $100,000. Jeremiah is the Founder of Optim Energy that transforms vibrations from vehicles and pedestrian footfall on roads into an electric current. The start-up has provided free electricity to 150 households comprising around 1,500 citizens, as well as 15 schools where more than 9,000 students attend. Read more here.

 

Aston: Student entrepreneurs raise £2,500 for charity

Team entrepreneurs from Team Academy Aston, comprised of Aston University’s BSc and MSc Business Enterprise Development programmes, ran, walked, cycled, and traded their way to raise more than £2,500 for charity in just five days. Beneficiaries included Birmingham RSVP; Birmingham Children’s Hospital; Cancer Research UK; WWF; Newlife; and the Make A Wish Foundation. William Graves, Regional Fundraiser from Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “We are so grateful that Team Academy Aston chose to support our charity as part of this project. The funds raised will help us to do more for our sick kids and families, making a real difference to all who use our hospital services.”

 

Swansea: Healthcare Technology Centre collaboration

Swansea University’s Healthcare Technology Centre has announced a research collaboration with UK sensor and medical diagnostic company Zimmer and Peacock Ltd. The project will deliver on the knowledge transfer regarding immobilisation of aptamers for screen-printed sensor development. This work will increase the choice of off-the-shelf sensors for initial research and development offered by Zimmer and Peacock to the scientific communities, while aiming to create new jobs in Swansea. Read the full story here.

 

LSBU: ‘Working for yourself’

Through a new pilot programme, ‘Freelance Fortnight’, LSBU students and graduates are exploring enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, through the lens of self-employment. Following research conducted earlier this year, the programme aims to boost skills, knowledge and confidence relevant to working for yourself, by focusing on core areas of need as identified by students and graduates themselves. Delivered in hybrid, the team facilitated 6 workshops, connecting with over 35 students/graduates online and in-person. Surveys capturing participants’ aspirations, learnings and key actions for the future, will enable the team to review and develop this activity in 2022. More information here.

 

UCL: alumnus receives prestigious humanitarian award in memory of Princess Diana

Zubair Junjunia (pictured below with Prince William), a UCL alumnus and online entrepreneur, has been recognised with a Diana Legacy award for his groundbreaking work tackling inequalities in education with his UCL startup ZNotes. Read the full story here.

Image Credit: The Diana Award

Latest #EntEd news from Nottingham, Oxford & UCL

Written by Kate Beresford

 

Nottingham: Ingenuity programme open to all

The Ingenuity Programme brings students, staff and alumni from over 30 UK universities together with local communities and is designed to help participants turn their ideas for change into a business that creates impact. The focus is on ideas that create sustainable impact in improving health, tackling climate change, or building stronger communities following the Covid-19 pandemic. The free programme is delivered through an online summit, taking place in December 2021, followed by an online development programme and national business plan competition running from February – May 2022. Participants will hear from those with lived or professional experience of the biggest social and environmental challenges facing the UK today, as well as charity leaders, think tanks, and industry experts. Teams or individuals with the most viable ideas will also be partnered with a mentor to develop their business plan and pitch, with the prize winners announced at the Impact Evening on 19 May 2022. The programme is open to everyone, no matter their background or experience, and you can find out more at ingenuityimpact.org

 

Oxford: Legends of Leadership global event

Join the Oxford Foundry on 24th November for the first event in Dan Carter’s ‘Legends of Leadership’ series. All Blacks sporting legend and OXFO Leader in Practice, Dan Carter, will be in conversation with Reid Hoffman CBE, co-founder of LinkedIn. Livestreamed globally for anyone and everyone – this is an incredible opportunity to gain unique and unparalleled access to leadership advice and insights from two world-renowned leaders in sport and entrepreneurship. Join OXFO to gain essential lifelong learning and direction, and feel inspired, empowered, and ready to lead and succeed in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. Sign up for the event here

 

UCL-backed company helps millions of students choose the best university for them

Unibuddy is transforming the way students choose their place of study, and how universities recruit them, with its interactive digital platform. Co-founded by UCL alumnus Kimeshan Naidoo and Diego Fanara, the company has raised $32 million in investment and is working in partnership with 500 universities in 35 countries. The company employs 130 staff. Prospective students can chat and interact with existing students through the Unibuddy platform. Nine out of 10 students who use the platform felt more confident about their university choice, according to user feedback. Read more here.

Latest #EntEd news from Oxford Brookes, Plymouth, King’s, Durham

Written by Kate Beresford

 

Oxford Brookes: Thrive Festival 2021

Oxford Brookes University’s Thrive Festival aims to bring careers and business goals to life. The event is open to all to join in person or online for the Thrive Festival from 8 to 21 November, Oxfordshire’s dedicated event for “Making Ideas Happen.”. There will be an incredible line-up of inspiring guest speakers and innovative brands. Over two weeks, there will be over 40 exciting events, including interactive workshops, networking, funding opportunities, competitions, giveaways and much more. Free tickets and exciting announcements here.

 

Plymouth: Start-up weekend with marine focus

In collaboration with local business leaders and experts from the thriving South West marine industry, Plymouth University is inviting creative people from across Plymouth, and beyond, to join them for a Startup Weekend with a focus on Marine! This event will support new and innovative marine-themed ideas to emerge and come to life in the South West. Click here for more information.

 

King’s: Women Entrepreneurs Symposium

With support from Santander Universities, King’s College London’s Entrepreneurship Institute set out to address the gender disparity in Entrepreneurship based on findings in the Alison Rose Review.

Through a programme of skills, workshops and community they have worked to provide access and a network of support to women entrepreneurs throughout the King’s community and are sharing their findings and best practice at an online event, free to attend, on October 27th. Details here.

 

Durham: Launch of the Inaugural Durham Venture School

In September, Durham University welcomed 26 graduates onto its new Durham Venture School Programme. Powered by Durham’s alumni community, this the first programme of its kind in the higher education sector. Durham Venture School brings together talented individuals, selected on their skills, experience and mindset, to launch high-potential startups. For the first three months, participants receive a stipend, enabling them to focus full-time on exploring problems and developing solutions. Teams that successfully pitch for their place on the second half of the programme receive £10,000 investment, mentorship from Durham’s alumni community and participate in inspirational visits to global hubs of innovation. For more information contact Marek Tokarski