Latest #EntEd news from Portsmouth Durham and UCL

Written by Kate Beresford


Portsmouth: Graduate co-founds global platform for student entrepreneurs 

University of Portsmouth graduate Kennedy Assoumou co-founded IdeasLab to give budding university entrepreneurs globally, the opportunity to connect with other students, and collaborate on ideas and startups. The idea came from time spent in Silicon Valley observing what made the ecosystem there so fertile for entrepreneurs. Their goal is to give student entrepreneurs a platform to build on their passions. The team aims to leverage the Silicon Valley ethos of fearless collaboration, global mindset, creativity and iterative prototyping to help students build world class companies that create value within their local and global communities. Find out more here.


Durham: Launch of First No Code Bootcamp

In just two days, participants of Durham University’s No Code Bootcamp had each built their own app and created a landing page without writing a single line of code. Demand for the programme exceeded expectations, with all 50 spaces taken up within 24 hours of release. There was a lot of peer-to-peer support during the event which has continued since through a Facebook group. The feedback rating for the event was positive, scoring 4.5/5. If anybody would like to know more about the content of the sessions, or be introduced to the external facilitator used, please contact Marek Tokarski.


UCL: Long-standing partnership with Santander Universities UK renewed

UCL and Santander UK, through Santander Universities, are extending their long-standing partnership for a further three years. This brings the latter’s cumulative support of UCL’s student community to in excess of £1.5 million. The first year of the new agreement will enable the creation of 60 scholarships and awards dedicated to supporting widening participation, employability and innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives at the university. Santander’s wide-ranging provision will include 16 mobility awards for students from underrepresented backgrounds and financial assistance for start-up businesses within BaseKX (UCL’s entrepreneurship hub in King’s Cross, run by UCL Innovation & Enterprise) and EdTech Labs. Read the full story here.