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

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.