Hazel Squire, Head of Department Staffordshire Business School
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a collection of tens of thousands of activities, competitions and events aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start up and scale a company.
This November 16 – 22, as part of GEW 2020 Staffordshire Business School together with Staffordshire University Innovation Enterprise Zone will be hosting a range of activities aimed at both local businesses and students.
As a nation, the impact of COVID-19 means we are all seeking and finding new ways of doing things. In an effort, to build resilience and come together in leveraging the power of new ideas and innovation we will be launching our Innovation Enterprise Zone https://www.staffs.ac.uk/business-services that will give businesses access to:
- Skills development and support
- Researchers, student talent and experts
- Grants and business support programmes
- Innovation infrastructure and incubation facilitates
Announced last year, Staffordshire University was one of 20 University Enterprise Zones (UEZs), launched with a £20 million investment by Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation.
Furthermore, be inspired offers a full year of start-up support including: information, advice and guidance from an experienced team of business advisers, regular meetings with industry mentors of your choice, full business processes induction, industry-led specialist workshop sessions, networking opportunities, access to personal growth software, access to personalised legal documentation, a £3000 tax free grant and, as your idea grows, access to investment opportunities. Information detailing how to access all this help will be provided at the be inspired session on Friday 20th November.
Finally, Enterprise Education has never been more important, as it allows us to equip future generations with the skills and mindsets, they need to navigate a world of work that may not even exist yet. Through entrepreneurship activities, learners can gain key entrepreneurial skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, risk-taking and teamwork. Entrepreneurship can offer alternative pathways for young people, improving their skills, employability and life chances, while supporting wider economic and social development.
Thus, Enterprise Education is embedded in to all our courses and as part of GEW Staffordshire Business School will be providing a week of challenging enterprise activities working with guest speakers and the be inspired Graduate Start up Programme.
Here is a list of all our free and exciting activities – to book your place use the links provided in the table below:
MONDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
|10-11am||Being an ethical business: “Street Kids” |
Presented by Dr Andrew Taylor
|11-12pm||Official Launch of the Innovation Enterprise Zone|
|11-12pm||Improving the Customer Experience |
Presented by Professor David Collins
|2-3pm||Big, Fat, Hairy Goals – Getting want you really want out of life |
Presented by David Hyner
TUESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
|10-11am||Advanced Materials Incubator & Accelerator Centre|
|1-5pm||Staffs Got Talent! – innovation challenge|
WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
|10-11am||The Pitch Competition – virtual workshop |
Presented by Angela Lawrence, Associate Dean
|11-12pm||Advanced Manufacturing Prototyping & Innovation Demonstrator|
|11.30-12pm||Digital Entrepreneurship Research and Practice |
Fang ZHAO Associate Dean
THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
|11-12pm||Digital Innovation Partnerships|
|2-3pm||Meet the Entrepreneurs: Panel with Q&A |
Jane Pallister, Jonathan Westlake, Emily Whitehead
FRIDAY 20th NOVEMBER
|11-12pm||Intelligent Mobility Innovation Accelerator|
|2-2.45pm||The Small Business Leadership Programme: Meet the team & overview |
Professor Jon Fairburn
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