Latest #EntEd news from our EEUK members

Written by Lynn O'Byrne

Lboro: Connect, Create, Commercialise and Champion
Loughborough University’s enterprise team recently successfully launched our new communities – – open to our students, graduates, staff and external members. Our new communities aim to contribute to Loughborough’s deepening focus and commitment to innovation; allowing members to receive more tailored opportunities based on where they are in their entrepreneurial journey.

The launch event itself facilitated excellent networking opportunities, featuring speeches from our Vice-Chancellor Nick Jennings and two of our Pro Vice-Chancellors: Rachel Thompson and Dan Parsons. As well as showcasing multiple innovative start-up’s from our students/graduates.

Find out more about our communities here.

Westminster: Secured a £5.8m grant from the Office for Students (OfS)
The University of Westminster has successfully secured a £5.8m grant from the Office for Students (OfS) to build innovative training spaces at 29 Marylebone Road, London. The nine-storey building is set to become the UK’s most inclusive Centre for Employability and Enterprise, with accessibility, inclusivity and sustainability at its heart. It is due to open in Summer 2024, if planning permission is granted, and will bridge the gap between education and the business world. These facilities will boost employability outcomes for students and will provide access to university-level learning for employers and the local community. Find out more here.

Baishev: Creative Spark UK Study visit
The Creative Hubs UK Study Visit was hosted by the British Council and Advantage Creative from 20 to 26 November 2022. As part of this visit, 20 professionals from 7 countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia visited the leading creative hubs and university business incubators in Leicester, Birmingham, Loughborough, Coventry, and Derby. The goal is the exchange of experience, and new knowledge for the development of creative industries following the example of the UK. This tour was also attended by Azamat Baimaganbetov, the Head of Technological Entrepreneurship Programs at Baishev University.

Manchester: ARC Pitch Funding brings us closer to achieving One World Together
Dr. Nicola (Niki) Banks from the School of Environment, Education and Development secured £45,000 for her One World Together social enterprise in the ARC 2022 Pitch Final. The ARC Accelerator programme is focused on turning social science research ideas into businesses or social ventures. Niki presented One World Together: a community for Global Citizens where you can enhance the impact of your charitable giving while engaging directly with the local communities and organisations that your funds support in the UK and low-income countries around the world. Find out more

UCL: Become a business mentor for UCL startups
Share your expert knowledge with the next generation of UCL entrepreneurs through the UCL Hatchery Mentor Network. We’re seeking industry and academic experts, as well as former and current entrepreneurs, to guide our startup founders on their journeys by providing personalised mentorship. Find out more here.

UWTSD: PGCert in Enterprise Skills
UWTSD are accepting students to their PGCert in Enterprise Skills. Using the Entrecomp framework, the course walks students through the entrepreneurial competencies directing them to use the knowledge to create a new enterprise. The course uses contemporary case studies ranging from Banksy, Jay Z and Innocent Smoothies to create value in a harmonious way. UWTSD is the first course on the planet to teach using an Open AI powered chat bot. Students can use the insane abilities of the chat bot to know about the world augmented with a dataset crowdsourced from the cohort to give answers to frequently asked questions. Find out more here.