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Bright Futures with SquidLondon

Last week we were thrilled to launch our first ever Bright Futures for Freelancers! We invited creative students from across the university to take part in a day full of workshops and talks designed to develop their skills for self-employment.

After a networking session with Dwain Ried, Will Holmes from Equity joined us to share his insights on freelancing from within a union. Later, Jack from Phundee shared his journey towards creating a successful crowd funding platform. BF

During the afternoon, SquidLondon took over the workshop, working with our groups of students to create, develop and plan their ideas. The aim was to give the students an idea of the entrepreneurship process, so that they could then have more confidence in pursing their ideas in the future. Working throughout the afternoon, our students came up with four inspiring business ideas, which were:

  • Clean Bean –  collaborating with Local coffee shops, reusing Coffee Grounds for skin care
  • The Flattables – flat pack lunch box range, can be easily stored and packed away after lunch
  • P-Free Plastics – a new trademark stamp for chemical free packaging
  • ForgetMeNot (FMN) – a find my belongings device (app and electronic sensor)

BF2 All of our students’ ideas were innovative and resourceful, and we thought we’d better put them to the test! We hosted an intense pitch-off, during which an elected member of each group was asked to present to the room. Questions (of which there were many) were fired, a la Dragon’s Den, and when the votes were counted, ForgetMeNot were crowned the overall winners – congrats! BF4

Huge thanks to Viviane from SquidLondon who gave some great advice, as well as Jack from Phundee and Will from Equity. If you want to take part in the next Bright Futures event, you can sign up here!

Entrepreneurship Competitions – December 2014

If our Bright Ideas competition has given you the boost you needed to get stuck into entrepreneurship with some winning concepts, why not check out some of the competitions and programmes outside of KU? There are heaps of opportunities cropping up at the moment, and we’ve complied a few of them here.  We’d love to see our KU students representing Enterprise! across the UK! 

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StudentshIP Enterprise Awards 2014 – Deadline 12th December

The Intellectual Property Office is launching a new competition to give students the opportunity to fund their ideas, offering individual prizes from £10,000 to £100,000.

Enterprising university students will bid for £750,000, in a new competition designed to encourage the practical use of intellectual property (IP) in their business ideas.

Launched on 15 October 2014, the StudentshIP Enterprise Awards will provide funding, ranging from £10,000 up to £100,000, for university projects that bring enterprising students, businesses, and their local community together to work on innovative projects. In-house projects or collaborations with other universities or businesses that create, manage or exploit intellectual property will all be considered.

Award winners will increase their understanding of the value and use of intellectual property, so the next generation of graduates are better equipped to enter the world of modern business and make the most of their unique ideas. The competition will run until 12 December 2014, with fnalists announced in January and the winners in March 2015. To learn more, click here.

USW Making Business Happen Awards – Deadline 12th December

The University of South Wales is encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs from across the UK to show how they’re ‘making business happen’ and be in with a chance of winning a support package worth up to £12,500 to invest in their business or business idea.

The Making Business Happen Awards are organised by the University of South Wales as part of its tradition of encouraging and supporting entrepreneurial talent. Awards are open to start-up businesses as well as more established SME operations. A separate Aspiring Entrepreneurs Award will also recognise students from schools and colleges across the UK who can demonstrate their commitment to researching and developing an effective or innovative business idea.

Shortlists for the four award categories will be drawn up early next year, with the winners announced at a celebration event on April 16th 2015, to be held in Cardiff. To find out more, view the official launch video and to enter, visit www.uswbusinessawards.co.uk. Entries close on December 12 2014.

Deliotte Micro-Tyco Student Challenge – Deadline 31st December

The challenge is designed to identify entrepreneurial success and stimulate self-reliance and enterprise. Micro-Tyco inspires the spirit of enterprise in its purest form and rewards participants with the knowledge that in business, if they can succeed at Micro-Tyco, they can succeed at anything.

Applicants are asked to enter as part of a team of up to five people. Once the teams have been selected, they will then get to work turning a micro-loan of £1 into as much money as possible! Previous graduate teams have generated up to £75,000!

The money created from Micro-Tyco will then be invested by WildHearts in micro-loans to help the world’s poorest people work their own way out of poverty with dignity and self-respect. As a result participants will go from becoming dynamic wealth creators to global ethical investors.

To find out more download the Micro-Tyco Guidelines. Deadline for applications is 31st December.