About this event
The last webinar in our Enterprise and Entrepreneurship series will discuss two extracurricular approaches to engaging students and staff in enterprise and entrepreneurship education.
The session will explore in detail the approaches taken by both the University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde to grow and foster the enterprise and entrepreneurship culture within the institution by providing extracurricular activities to students and staff.
Presentation 1: LAUNCH.ed
The University of Edinburgh is regarded as among the most entrepreneurial in the UK. In particular it has a strong track record for student start-ups. This presentation will cover a brief history of how the student start-up support service, LAUNCH.ed, has developed and grown since its inception in 2006. We will explore the main activities it provides to Inspire, Launch and Grow businesses, including one-to-one advice, workshops, funding, mentoring and visa support. We will also look at what resources are in place to deliver this service.
LAUNCH.ed's position within the University and the wider entrepreneurial ecosystem will also be discussed, as well as our strategy for getting engagement from our student and alumni population. New developments including our proactive engagement with mentors and an award to recognise students' skills development while engaging in entrepreneurial activities at the University will also be explained.
Presentation 2: The University of Strathclyde's Enterprise Pathway
Aimed at identifying entrepreneurial talent, the Enterprise Pathway programme has three stages - Footsteps (a series of soft skills workshops), Academy (two-day business bootcamp) and Challenge (where finalist teams work with their mentor to develop and deliver a business pitch). The programme runs annually and is open to students and researchers from all faculties.
The delivery of the programme would not be possible without the support of our entrepreneurial alumni community (Enterprise Partners). At all stages of the programme, participants have the opportunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs who deliver workshop sessions, help to shape initial ideas and mentor finalist teams. The winning teams also have the unique and much sought-after opportunity to lunch with Sir Tom Hunter.
Enterprise Pathway has recently been opened up to postgraduates from other West of Scotland universities.
This session will include two presentations by: Alison Gee (LAUNCH.ed, University of Edinburgh) and Fiona Ireland (University of Strathclyde).
About the speakers
Alison Gee, Enterprise Development Manager – Students, Edinburgh Research and Innovation, LAUNCH.ed, University of Edinburgh
Alison heads up the student company formation programme at the University of Edinburgh – LAUNCH.ed – leading the team of advisers who provide business creation support and advice to students and recent alumni through one-on-one business support, workshops and funding support.
Alison joined LAUNCH.ed in 2013 and has over 25 years' experience in business formation advice, training and microfinance. This has included working with the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust and other support agencies both in England and Scotland, as well as delivering training overseas in Europe and, more recently, in South Africa.
After graduating with a business degree, Alison's early career was in the automotive industry with General Motors and Lucas, focusing on market research.
Fiona Ireland, Head of Enterprise, University of Strathclyde
Fiona is passionate about ensuring that the University's global alumni community can add value to its enterprise offering, giving them an opportunity to give back to the next generation of Strathclyde entrepreneurs. Leading a cross-departmental team of alumni relations professionals and enterprise staff, Fiona has driven the internationalisation of the Strathclyde 100 programme, supporting entrepreneurs in Switzerland, the UAE and Singapore; devised and launched the Strathclyde Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs; and led the implementation of the University's most established alumni volunteering programme, Enterprise Partners.
Fiona received a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Strathclyde, where she studied International Business and Modern Languages.
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