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June 15, 2021 | News

Nurturing student enterprise

Nurturing student enterprise

Bringing together the conditions, support and talent that foster the emergence of breakthrough ideas, universities are playing a more crucial role than ever in cultivating innovation and enterprise.

The University of Surrey’s Student Enterprise programme runs a range of workshops and one-to-one sessions providing mentoring support from business professionals and advice on funding, development and more, to support entrepreneurial Surrey students and recent graduates.

Enterprise and innovation are alive and well at the University of Surrey and Student Enterprise is at the heart of it, growing the next generation of talented Founders and Directors!

Run as a cohort system, the initiative helps budding entrepreneurs at every stage of their enterprise journey, from the very early stage exploration of business to idea generation and development, through to running their business in the dedicated campus incubator.

As a subdivision of the SETsquared partnership, a technology commercialisation partnership between 5 universities across the South of England, Student Enterprise also offers an “intrapreneurial” pathway to students. Known as IKEEP, this parallel journey aims to develop the innovative mindsets that are ever more crucial in all areas of business, giving students a chance to test their knowledge and encounter real issues by tackling an innovation challenge faced by a local company or charity.

Kat Mack, Student Enterprise manager explains;

Our programme is constantly evolving to provide the most relevant and beneficial activities and support to enterprising students across all faculties and levels of study.

Offering funding, mentorship and practical skills training to entrepreneurial students has never been more critical, with start-ups facing brand new challenges in the current climate.

Sessions such as podcast masterclasses and tackling racism in business keep our finger on the pulse, whilst fundamentals like pitch practices prepare students for our showcases, funding panels and Start Up Visa opportunities for international students.

The intrapreneurial pathway also offers a direct link between businesses and talent, allowing students the opportunity to see if entrepreneurship is right for them, whilst inherently developing their employability should they choose not to branch out on their own.”

Further to the skill-specific sessions, the current themes of The Female Perspective, Sustainability & the Circular Economy, Internationalisation and Collaboration, mean that developing businesses are encouraged to consider how they might contribute on a broader basis to the community and wider world.

Enterprise and innovation are alive and well at the University of Surrey and Student Enterprise is at the heart of it, growing the next generation of talented
Founders and Directors!

For news and updates follow @surreystudententerprise on Instagram.

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