Latest #EntEd news from our EEUK members

Written by Lynn O'Byrne

Surrey: Global Graduate Award in Entrepreneurship
A first of its kind for the University of Surrey, the Global Graduate Award in Entrepreneurship offering co-curricular credits for students’ practical entrepreneurial endeavours has launched this month. In the first 5 days of registration the course was oversubscribed by 5 times its original capacity, receiving an extraordinary uptake of 217 students for the hands-on programme. The team behind the GGA including Student Enterprise, academics from the Business School and other Faculties are scaling up the programme due to its popularity and in doing so aim to create a substantial pipeline of innovation and achieve a significant impact on student experience. More info here.

Strathclyde: Social Enterprise World Forum 2023

As part of the Social Enterprise World Forum 2023 in Amsterdam, Strathclyde Business School hosted a workshop on “Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Rural Areas” on October 10, 2023. This session in partnership with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and VU Amsterdam, featured global academic and policy experts on rural entrepreneurship ecosystems including Niels Bosma, Sreevas Sahasranamam, and Ira Chatterjee, alongside global practitioners from this space. Read more here. 

Aston: EPIC Young Entrepreneur Awards 2023

Two startup businesses run by Team Academy Aston Business Enterprise Development students won prizes in an awards scheme to celebrate young entrepreneurs.The EPIC Young Entrepreneur Awards 2023 celebrate and recognise the achievements of young people to become a startup business. ArtByZakia, a company focused on creating personalised and handmade gifts, won the Inclusion Champion Award. Its founder is Zakia Ashraf, a BSc Business Enterprise Development graduate 2020-2023. Brainy Bar, which produces energy bars that are hand-made from natural ingredients, won the Fresh Taste Award. Current BSc Business Enterprise Development student, Dominik Kulcsar, is operations manager. Read more here.

Bristol: Student Design Awards
Our Student Design Awards are marking one hundred years since their launch.
Challenges for 2023-24 are live and range from: how can we use AI to tackle the impacts of climate change and how might we improve cultures of care?

Westminster: WeNetwork Alumna Designs Dress Worn by British PM’s Wife at G20 Summit
Manimekala Fuller, alumna of the University of Westminster, recently gained widespread recognition when her designed lavender marbled dress was worn by Akshata Murty, the wife of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, at the G20 summit in Delhi. Manimekala’s remarkable journey into entrepreneurship was profoundly shaped by the Westminster Enterprise Network and the Elevate program, where she gained essential business skills. She said: “Through the Incubator, I learnt about the basics of how to ideate, launch and run a business, which helped me hugely as I didn’t have any entrepreneurship or business experience previously.” Manimekala’s success highlights how WeNetwork empowers aspiring entrepreneurs. Find out more.

Durham University Alumni Angel Network
At Durham we have just launched our Durham University Alumni Angel Network. The opportunity – many of our alums expressing an interest in investing in Durham student & graduate founder led businesses and many of our founders’ requiring sources of external funding. The solution – the alumni angel network. Following months of planning, consulting, assembling the roster of qualified members and curating deal flow we have held our first two events. Five businesses have successfully pitched to our twenty-five UK & US based members. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch –

Herts: Global Entrepreneurship Week 2023 at Herts, November 13-19
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a global celebration of entrepreneurship that occurs every year in November. This year it will be held from November 13 to November 19.At Herts, we will be holding a series of events throughout this week to join in this international celebration. With the global theme for this year’s celebration being ‘Entrepreneurs Thrive Here’, we will be highlighting the impact our students and graduates are making in the local and international economic communities. These events will focus on the experience of our entrepreneurs already thriving in an international market or exploring the exploitation of one.