What’s new for 17-18?

If you’ve engaged in Enterprise & Innovation support through us previously, you are probably wondering what’s happened to the Wednesday IdeasLab and Thursday StartupLab sessions.

We found that so many people were bringing new ideas, having just a couple of fixed-time drop-in sessions per week wasn’t giving everyone enough time and space to get the attention they needed

So, this year we’re opening up more slots and letting you call the shots on when they should happen.  We’re still calling them Labs, but there are now lots of different Lab types to choose from.

How does it work?

The idea is simple – we’ll help you put together a personalised development programme and you work through it at your own pace. Whenever you’re ready to work on something new, you book a Lab session and we’ll supply the space, the know-how, the resources, and, where appropriate, bring in like-minded collaborators.

To make this work though, there are a couple of other things that have changed.

  • Firstly, before you start ‘dropping in’, we’ll ask you to register or re-register by completing a short Registration Form so we can get you into the system.
  • Secondly, we’ll book you in for a 1-2-1 chat (called an IntroLab) so we can find out more about you, what you are trying to achieve and what you are looking for right now.
  • Thirdly, we’ll get you underway so you can start putting together your bespoke development programme from our new menu of different Lab types. Regardless of what you are working on or where you are up to, there’ll be something for you.

To get started right away, please complete the Registration Form.

To find out more about Labs, please visit this page.

Business Support Surgery

Business Support Surgery on campus

Find out about the landscape of support for start-ups and existing businesses across the University and the wider region.

Lancaster University Enterprise Team and Winning Pitch invite anyone with a business idea or existing business to come along and find out about the range of support options available through the University and Boost, Lancashire’s Growth Hub.

Pre-booking is not required, just come along and meet Simon and Sue in InfoLab21, by the groundfloor reception  between 1pm and 4pm on Monday 6th June.

If you have any questions in advance, please email enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk.

Crowdfunding and other creative business models

Event: Minor Hall, 3:45pm-4:30pm, Tuesday 6th Oct

Crowdfunding and other creative business models

Meet the pioneers of fan-based funding within the UK music industry and find out how you might harness the power of your followers in growing your creative enterprise.

Hope & Social is ‘the band anyone can join’.  

They proved this by leading thousands of people in the creation of the official song for the Tour De Yorkshire last year.  But this was only one of a number of ambitious and creative moves they’ve made since they broke the mold in 2004 by launching the first fan-funded record label with £100,000 investment from their fans.  Now everything they do is fan-driven, from including fan performances in their recordings, through taking them out on daytrips to the seaside, to adopting a pay-what-you-want approach to their downloads and live performances.

Oh, and did we mention that they are Lancaster alumni too!

Regardless whether you are thinking of business models for music and other creative industries, or for something completely different, there is a huge amount to be learned from their experiences of trying new things in the name of art and fun.

The band is booked to play the Nuffield Theatre as part of Lancaster Arts Music Week (ticket info here), but are inviting anyone who would like to speak to them about their creative business models (or anything at all really!) to join them in the Minor Hall before the gig for a drink and a chat (3:45pm-4:30pm).

Reserve your place on Target Connect.

For more information, please contact enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk

https://lancaster.targetconnect.net/leap/event.html?id=6215&service=Careers+Service

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Innovation Showcase Competition

Venturefest: Innovation Showcase Competition

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The Innovation Showcase is the centrepiece of Venturefest Manchester and is set to feature some of the region’s most innovative businesses, who will have won the right to pitch their business ideas to potential investors in the Venturefest audience.

And that business could be yours.

The overall winner will also receive a unique package of business support worth up to £30,000 and including a year’s free space at the Sci-Tech Daresbury, support around accountancy, patents and legal issues and a range of marketing and PR services. Applicants can pitch for the competition prize alone if investment is not required.

This year’s competition is open to both Start-up (businesses under 3 years old) and Growth businesses (businesses trading 3 years+).

To enter, please fill in the relevant form. Please note the closing date for applications is now MIDNIGHT 24th JUNE. If you have any queries please contact nathan.leah@a2fnw.co.uk.

Key dates

Thursday 28 May – Innovation Showcase competition opens

  • Friday 19 June – Closing date for entries
  • Thursday 25 June – Shortlist for those to take part to next stage revealed
  • W/c 13 July – Practice session with Business Growth advisors and Access to Finance
  • W/c 24 August – Final Practice session
  • Tuesday 01 September – Finalists selected to pitch at Venturefest to be revealed

Find out more about Venturefest Manchester 2015 and book your place today

Innovation Showcase Competition

Venturefest: Innovation Showcase Competition

venturefest

The Innovation Showcase is the centrepiece of Venturefest Manchester and is set to feature some of the region’s most innovative businesses, who will have won the right to pitch their business ideas to potential investors in the Venturefest audience.

And that business could be yours.

The overall winner will also receive a unique package of business support worth up to £30,000 and including a year’s free space at the Sci-Tech Daresbury, support around accountancy, patents and legal issues and a range of marketing and PR services. Applicants can pitch for the competition prize alone if investment is not required.

This year’s competition is open to both Start-up (businesses under 3 years old) and Growth businesses (businesses trading 3 years+).

To enter, please fill in the relevant form below. Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 19 June. If you have any queries please contact nathan.leah@a2fnw.co.uk.

Key dates

Thursday 28 May – Innovation Showcase competition opens

  • Friday 19 June – Closing date for entries
  • Thursday 25 June – Shortlist for those to take part to next stage revealed
  • W/c 13 July – Practice session with Business Growth advisors and Access to Finance
  • W/c 24 August – Final Practice session
  • Tuesday 01 September – Finalists selected to pitch at Venturefest to be revealed

Find out more about Venturefest Manchester 2015 and book your place today

Two shortlisted for Santander Entrepreneurship Award

Business planning competition to win up to £20,000

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This year’s entries for the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards have now been selected.

They are:

  • Cefn Hoile, ShrimpingIt (PG category)
  • Zac Garton & Josh Jahans, Roomshake (UG category)

While there were only a few entries in each category, the panel’s job in shortlisting was very challenging due to the quality and innovation of all of the ideas presented. Cefn and Zac’s plans will now be put forward to the national competition with submissions from all of Santander’s university partners.

If successful at the next stage they will be invited to pitch in the final where they can win a cash prize (PG up to £20k / UG up to £5k) and business development support from Santander Universities.

If you’d like to test out your ideas in a competition situation, why not try the 60 Second Pitch?

Lancaster wins StudentshIP Enterprise Award for Game Development

Lancaster University’s Enterprise Team has won £44,560 to develop an Intellectual Property Game

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The prize was awarded on Thursday 5th March by the UK Intellectual Property Office for the Team’s innovative response to a call for ideas to increase the number of IP savvy graduates leaving Higher Education.  

Simon Harrison, who co-wrote* the application explains, “We wanted to put forward a proposal that would stand out from the competition.  IP is typically delivered in quite a dry way; learning through playing games is much more engaging on many levels.  In this case, we’ll be inviting teams of students with an interest in gaming to not only to design and test it but also to produce a first run and take it to market.  In doing so they’ll be creating their own IP and learning first-hand how it works.”

The format of the game is still to be determined as the Team was keen that the students designing it were free to explore all types of games – computer and table-top, collaborative or competitive, solo or team, indoor or outdoor – in order to determine the most effective way of ensuring both fun and learning for players.

The prize was one of ten awarded to university teams by the UK IPO from a total pot of £450,000.  It will enable the recruitment of a temporary project co-ordinator, as well as the costs associated with co-designing and prototyping, manufacturing, marketing and distribution.  The final product immediately has the potential to find customers in other educational institutions, but may also find a wider market amongst game lovers.  The project will be delivered between August 2015 and March 2016.

If you’d like to stay in the loop on further developments, please register your interest via the Enterprise Team mailing list.

To read the official government press release, click here.

*Proposal written by:

  • Gavin Smith – IP Development Manager
  • Jon Powell – Enterprise Team Manager
  • Simon Harrison – Enterprise Champion Project Manager

Launching your own creative practice?

Who do you need to help you launch your own creative practice?

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6-8pm, Tuesday 31st March, Campus in the City (5 Cheapside, Lancaster)

Every creative practice needs to collaborate to make all the steps in their projects or businesses happen.  This session, aimed at emerging and early career creative freelancers and business owners, will help you to create a blueprint for your practice or business and work out who needs to be involved to help you produce your work and reach your customers, clients or audiences.  There will be the opportunity on the day to learn from established practices and to form collaborations with other freelancers.

To reserve a free place, visit Target Connect.

 

Santander Universities 60 Second Pitch

Win up to £1,500

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Compete with budding entrepreneurs across the country for the chance to win up to £1,500 as well as support and advice from Santander.

To apply, just record your 60 second pitch and upload the video to YouTube between 2nd March and 23rd April 2015.

For more information, visit the Santander Universities Enterprise Portal.

Campus in the City 2015 – Enterprise Week

Market research and other great enterprise opportunities

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Campus in the City runs again in 2015 from 14th February to 25th April.

Within that, week commencing 30th March has been allocated as Enterprise Week, which presents an opportunities for enterprising students and staff to get involved.  For example, it’s a chance to conduct Market Research with potential customers for an idea you are developing or for a product or service you already offer.

There are lots of other ways you could use the space so if you are interested in finding out more this opportunity, please get in touch as soon as possible via enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk

[image above from last year’s event]