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What’s on? Global Entrepreneurship Week with Enterprise!

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest annual campaign to promote entrepreneurship, and we’re celebrating the occasion by hosting a number of events, including a start-up fair, an Insights evening with Sharon Foulston and a 24-hour social enterprise challenge! 

Thursday 19th November – The Enterprise Start-up Fair & Insights with Sharon Foulston

  • 1pm – 5.30pm – Start-Up Fair and Social Media Workshop

This year our Enterprise Start-Up Fair will welcome a number of organisations to introduce their services and provide you with information to help develop an entrepreneurial mind-set or support you in starting your own business, such as; Enterprise Nation, Shell LiveWIRE, Santander, Kingston Entrepreneurs Society, IQ in IT, and many more! The event will give you the chance to:

  • Attend the workshop on how to use social media successfully;
  • Network with like-minded people and share ideas;
  • Meet organisations that provide support for start-up businesses;
  • 5.30pm – 8pm – Insights – ‘Mind your own Business’ with Sharon Foulston

As the grand finale to our Start-Up Fair, we’ve invited social entrepreneur, business angel, and chairman of Aladdin Ventures Worldwide Ltd, Sharon Foulston, to share her advice on creating and growing a successful business. Join us for an inspiring talk, Q&A session and networking reception. Click here to get your FREE ticket to both events!

 Friday 20th Nov – Saturday 21st Nov – Social Storm 2015

Social Storm 2015 is an experiential learning activity where participants apply knowledge and theory to a real life social problem. Teams from 15 international universities work together to come up with a solution to a real life problem during the 24 hour hackathon and then submit a video pitch to a team of judges. The hackathon takes place on 20th November – 21st November 2015!

To register your interest in this competition, please email entrepreneurship@kingston.ac.uk quoting Social Storm in the subject line.

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March 24, 2015

Last week saw the much-anticipated climax of this year’s Enterprise! Programme, as we invited students, staff and distinguished alumni to recognise, reward and share in KU’s entrepreneurial achievements. We were determined to go out with a bang, so we arranged for an exciting student trade fair to take place prior to the ceremony, and we invited KU grad, Rishi Chowdhury, to bring along his latest project, the IncuBus.

Alexey Komissarov

Guest speaker Alexey Komissarov

Professor Julius Weinberg, Vice Chancellor of KU, kicked off the ceremony with an introduction to the ‘embedded’ nature of Kingston’s entrepreneurial talent, which gave way to an inspiring talk from Alexey Komissarov, successful KU alum. Having graduated from KU in 1994, Alexey offered a word of wisdom from his years of experience in business, arguing that running a business is like running a marathon, ‘it’s hard, and training for it is even harder, but it’s the sense of solidarity that gets you through. Above all, people are motivated by other people.’ Alexey’s advice certainly rang true as David Knull presented the Graduate Young Enterprise Awards to four teams of students that participated in the trade fair; Brace Yourself (Best Sales Pitch), Touch (Best Overall), and two of our Bright Ideas winners, BeeBra (Best Product) and Fli (Best Display Stand). Congrats to all of you for demonstrating great collaboration in business!

Celebrate Enterprise Student Trade Fair

Fli – Best Display Stall

Following the Graduate Young Enterprise Awards, Charles Irving, founder of Pond Ventures, a global investment company, took to the stage with some worthwhile tips on how to gain investment for small businesses (a topic that most of our students were eager to hear) urging: ‘the big idea is secondary, the business plan is secondary, what’s important is the person behind the idea, because investors look for exceptional people.’ As expected, Charles was thrilled to present our Student and Graduate Awards to some of our most forward thinking and engaged students. Winners are as follows:

Student Enterprise Champion 2015Dennis Aguma and the Kingston Entrepreneurship Society

Dennis Aguma and the KES Team were awarded Student Enterprise Champion for their continuous efforts to support the Enterprise! Programme whilst expanding in their own activities with students. Dennis commented: ‘We’ve loved being so involved in Kingston University’s entrepreneurship efforts, especially with the constant support of the Enterprise! team who’ve held our hands throughout the process.’ Well done!

ShortlistedAldus von du Burg & Michael Kerin

We’d also like to offer special congratulations to our shortlisted students, Aldus, leader of the KU e-Racing Project, and Mike, who was the first FASS student to win an award at Bright Ideas and the only FASS student to be nominated at Celebrate Enterprise!

Most Entrepreneurial Student 2015Laura Jones

Following her team’s success at this year’s Bright Ideas Competition, Laura was humbled to have been crowned Most Entrepreneurial Student, sharing: ‘This award gives me confidence that I’m doing the right thing, and along with all the other support I’ve received from the Enterprise! team, I hope it’ll help me on my way to achieving my future plans of launching my own lingerie brand.’

ShortlistedRiccardo Pezzuolo & Trevor Kerth

Here’s a special mention to Riccardo and Trevor, both of whom were shortlisted for the award and gave Laura some impressive competition – it was a close call!

Social Enterprise Award 2015Ryan Duffy

We were pleased to award Ryan Duffy our Social Enterprise Award for his continued and ambitious efforts to blend ideas across faculties through the Ion Horse Project. Ryan expressed: ‘It’s been really rewarding not only to pursue my own ideas, but to help other to achieve theirs.’ Congrats, Ryan, and keep up the great work!

ShortlistedSamora Reid

We’d also like to congratulate Samora for achieving a place on the shortlist, mainly due to his involvement in MediRevu, and app that aims to help patients take a more active role in their health maintenance by scheduling and tracking their health plan and sharing information with family, friends, & health practitioners.

Entrepreneur of the Year 2015Rishi Chowdhury

We were thrilled to invite Rishi Chowdhury, founder of the IncuBus, to join us at Celebrate Enterprise where he was crowned Entrepreneur of the Year. Rishi explained: ‘It’s been great to be invited back to where it all began for me at Kingston University, and I’m so pleased to have been given this award.’

ShortlistedHend Krichen & Sarah Hellen

We’d like to give special mention to Hend and Sarah, two successful alumni who are currently pursuing their entrepreneurial ideas within art and design.

Above all, we’d like to offer a huge congratulations to all those who were nominated, shortlisted, and winners at Celebrate Enterprise! It’s been a fantastic year and we’ve been thrilled to have so many innovative minds involved in the programme – let’s hope the new academic year will be just as redwarding! 

Bright Ideas Final – Highlights of 2015

After months of preparation and weeks of judging, we finally saw the culmination of this year’s Bright Ideas competition at last week’s celebration event! 

We received a record number of competition entries this year, accumulating to 360 entries from 478 students! Prior to the final ceremony, entries were assessed by our voluntary judges, and a short-list was finalised at Trigger Weekend, where students were able to present their ideas to a panel of illustrious alumni. At the beginning of the day, students took part in an animated pitching workshop, where they were able to polish their pitches in case they were called to present in front of the audience. Nerves? There were a few!

Following the pitching workshop, entrants joined the guests and judges in the De Lissa hall for our awards ceremony – aside from a slight lack of balloons and a few hiccups with our slides, the event went swimmingly! Guest speaker, Jonathan Newman, founder of Chi, kicked off the evening with an inspiring talk about making your ideas a reality – in addition to some useful ‘top ten’ lists (which will be featured in future posts) Jonathan stressed the importance of visualisation in achieving success. Ask the universe for success and it will deliver! Jonathan Newman

 

Following Jonathan’s pep-talk we were excited to witness the prize giving – featuring handshakes, photography and two giant cheques! The lucky winners of our £250 prizes were Kester Olarewaju, Katie Cudmore, Josue Vivas Hernandez, Guilherme Beirao, Joshua Brown, and Michael Kerin. And the £1000 winners were Trevor Kerth, DuA Alsaadi, and two group entries, ‘Detour’ – Samriddhi Chakraborty, Irene Canuti, Felix Dornseifer, Min-Hsuan Liang, Olga Spasskaya and Sabbir Khan and ‘BeeBra’ – Laura Jones, Marie Holmerud, India Higson, Anastasia Olshanskaya, and Emilio Hernández Martínez. Congratulations to all! Profiles of the winners will be posted on BizBoard during the week, so keep your eyes peeled for insights into the winning ideas!Peoples Choice Vote

 

But it didn’t end there! We then embarked upon a technologically dubious mission to introduce our people’s choice. Each of our guests were given a clicker upon entering the De Lissa, and were asked to use the very clever little device to vote for their favourite finalist! Thanks to his confident and animated pitch, TrevoFr Kerth was chosen as the people’s choice with his idea for a portable keyboard that folds in-half – we look forward to seeing your next line of portable drums, Trevor!

Following the ceremony we all skipped over to the business school atrium for a networking reception with plenty of food and wine for all! There was even an impromptu rendition of ‘Let It Go’ to enjoy! Overall, the judges were delighted with the quality and the range of the entries, and they all spoke highly of the importance of this kind of competition for building leadership and employability skills.

If you missed out this year, don’t fret! We’ll be opening applications for 2016’s competition in September, so get working on that Bright Idea!

Trigger Weekend and Launch of Kingston Young Entrepreneurs Club

As you’ve probably noticed, Enterprise! has been churning out non-stop events for the past four weeks. Amidst the buzz of Bright Ideas, our biggest annual competition, we’ve managed to launch two exciting entrepreneurship initiatives in the last week – the Kingston Young Entrepreneurs Club, and Trigger KU – an intensive 50-hour start-up weekend for students.

Launch of KYECRun by Kingston Chambers of Commerce in collaboration with Kingston’s Entrepreneurship Department and Society, Kingston Young Entrepreneurs Club (KYEC) is aimed at anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 who is either aspiring to, or already running their own business in the Kingston area. We we’re excited to launch the club at our most recent Enterprise! Insights session, where we welcomed the CEO of the Chamber and the Mayor of Kingston upon Thames – we’ve got friends in high places! Tim Beeson of Natterbox, a hugely successful global telephony business whose clients include Groupon and EE, closed the evening with an inspiring talk that stressed the importance of taking risks whilst we’re still young! Tim lives by the philosophy that there’s no substitute for hard work – a great lesson for us all to learn! We’d encourage all of our Enterprise! students to join the club, as it’s a great opportunity to get involved in entrepreneurship outside of KU and to meet small businesses who may be in need of employees!

Insights! with Tim Beeson

 

‘As a young entrepreneur you are uncertain about your business idea, with this workshop I was able not only to be inspired by the speaker, but also to get a feedback from one of the best people in the business. I found out that there is a lot of support to young entrepreneurs and people who are willing to help you. Thank you to the Enterprise! team for such an amazing event!’ Violetta Ilinskaya, BA International Business

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Trigger KU kicked off on the following evening! Around 40 students across the faculties joined us and Kingston Entrepreneurship Society to hear from entrepreneur Aidan Rushby, founder and CEO of Movebubble – a virtual real estate agency.  Aidan shared his belief in the importance of finding the right team and a good mentor, and not being afraid to reach out to successful entrepreneurs because they are often very willing to help – great advice for students who are currently working on their own entrepreneurial ventures!

Trigger KUOn Saturday and Sunday, with the help of some esteemed coaches, we ran workshops to help students develop their ideas and plans in preparation for the final pitching session.  Many of the students who attended went on to win a prize at our Bright Ideas competition, which proves the value of an intensive workshop like ours! Be sure to look out for our Bright Ideas stories, which will be released next week, for full details about the winners and their ideas!

As always, we’re proud to have been a part of such successful events. If you missed out, don’t worry – we’ve got plenty of great events planned, including Celebrate Enterprise, which awards students and staff throughout the university for their enterprising endeavours!  Nominations are open now, so please vote here!

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Enterprise! Insights and the Lauch of Kingston’s Young Entrepreneurs Club

We’re preparing for an exciting week here at Enterprise! Not only are we welcoming Tim Beeson of Natterbox to our latest Insights event, but we’re also hosting the launch party for Kingston’s Young Entrepreneurs Club!

We’ve decided to centre this week’s event around tech start-ups, a rising new genre of business particualrly suited to younger entrepreneurs, who are able to track the fast paced world of technology and social media.

In partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingston’s Chamber of Commerce, amongst others, Enterprise’s first combined Insights event will feature talks from various local entrepreneurs, followed by an exciting networking opportunity with refreshments.We’ll be launching our collaborative Young Entrepreneurs Club, aimed at anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 who is either aspiring to or running their own business in the Kingston area. The club will be organised by young people for young people offering advice and support, a forum to network and the chance to grow together by sharing ideas and experiences.

It’s looking to be a very popular event, so make sure to book your FREE ticket!