Written by Lynn O'Byrne

Sheffield: ‘Emerge: Be Enterprising’ programme

The University of Sheffield’s new ‘Emerge: Be Enterprising’ programme held its first Awards Showcase in April, marking a milestone in its mission to capture student entrepreneurship talent across campus.  The programme cultivates a culture of enterprise by recognising innovative business ideas. Sponsored by Santander Universities, #EmergeAwards24 featured ventures tackling social challenges and sustainability. Out of 70+ applications from students, staff and alumni, 4 winners were awarded funding and further mentorship to help launch their business. This injection of resources aims to strengthen Sheffield’s innovation ecosystem, fostering the development of homegrown businesses that will contribute to the city’s economic vibrancy. 

UCL: Ten university startups take part in new UK-Swiss entrepreneurship exchange programme

The programme, run between UCL and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), has given ten startups, five from each university, the chance to learn, connect and explore new opportunities.

The startups spent a week together split between Lausanne and London. They received a bespoke introduction to university facilities, laboratories, innovation clusters and key players in their industry. Read more.

Swansea: Founders of the Future

Swansea University collaborates with Anne Boden MBE on the ‘Founders of the Future’ initiative, aiding women-led high-growth enterprises. The UK government taskforce aims to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs, emphasizing diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship. University staff have worked with Anne to promote the taskforce, recently hosting a ‘Founders of the Future’ event at the University. This event featured panel discussions from women in business (including Alumni Joelle Drummond, Founder of Drop Bear Beer) and overcoming adversity, attended by students, staff, and local school children. The project includes case studies highlighting the journeys of women involved in the taskforce and their businesses.