Play It Labs

Play games to enhance your enterprise skills!

Next week we will be hosting the first ever ‘Play It’ Lab. Play It Labs are facilitated sessions that aim to help you learn more about enterprise  and develop your entrepreneurial skills through playing games. We have a whole stash of games, covering a range of topics from IP to cashflow, to scaling up your start-up. The games are designed to convey transferable real-life concepts in a fun way for those who don’t necessarily have a lot of experience or knowledge around business.

Sessions will be fun and relaxed and an ideal opportunity to meet other like-minded, enterprising students from across the University.

In you would like to attend a session, please book on via Target Connect.

WEEK 14: The Big Idea Tuesday 6th February, 1:30pm-3:30pm (Target Connect Booking)

This game is all about coming up with crazy ideas from a set of cards and pitching them to the group as through they were venture capitalist looking to invest. The game will get you thinking on your feet and is a great chance to practise your pitching skills in a safe and fun environment.

CREATIVITY – QUICK THINKING – PITCHING – COMMUNICATION

WEEK 15: Black Swan Wednesday 14th February, 2-4pm (Target Connect Booking)

Developed by student and staff at the University, Black Swan is a board game which will help you to get your head around the basic principles of Intellectual Propery – how it is created, it’s different forms, legal complexities and factors that affect its value and people’s behaviours around it.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – STRATEGIC THINKING – NEGOTIATION

 

Introduction to Design Thinking Workshop

Workshop: 31st January 1-4pm

As more employers call for graduates with 21st century skills like creativity, innovation, collaboration  and communication, we’re testing new ways for you to actively learn these competencies with fellow students from all disciplines.

 Design thinking is relevant to all as a life skill and is transferable potentially in all contexts, disciplines and organisations.

Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs. Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; generating tons of ideas; building simple prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re designing for; and eventually putting your innovative new solution out in the world.

Human-centered design consists of four phases. In the Empathy Phase you’ll learn directly from the people you’re designing for as you immerse yourself in their lives and come to deeply understand their needs. In the Define Phase you’ll make sense of what you learned and identify opportunities for design. In the  Ideation Phase you’ll learn to generate loads of ideas and build possible solutions in the Prototype Phase. With your prototype developed you  bring your solution to life to test in the Test Phase with real users or customers for Iteration or Launch!

Anyone can learn and apply Human Centred Design to any challenge to find innovative solutions. It’s a valuable life skill and a process for collaborative problem solving.

The Enterprise Team will be hosting a short taster session allowing you to experience the process of human centred design. For more details and to register, visit the event on Target Connect. 

You can also check out the Facebook photos from the Design Challenge we ran last academic year in collaboration with and to learn from Stanford d.School’s University Innovation Fellows Programme.

If you find you like what we do you can develop your skills beyond the session  e.g. develop your commercial awareness or develop that idea that’s been lurking in the the back of your mind, register with the Enterprise Team to hear about future sessions –  and explore our website at  www.lancaster.ac.uk/enterprisecentre

 

Drivers for Change

‘A journey to creative social action’

Drivers for Change are looking for young leaders aged 18-26 who are motivated to create social change within their communities, to join a 10 day journey across the UK this Summer. The 10 day learning experience aims to inspire future leaders through exploring how the arts, social enterprise and business can come together to create social change in UK communities.  Through taking part in the programme it is hoped that participants will:

  • Build their networks, connect with like-minded people
  • Receive practical advice and support to create their own social action or enterprise plan
  • Be inspired by social leaders from across the UK
  • Access mentoring opportunities
  • Develop an understanding of a diverse range of social challenges around the UK

Applications close: 26th March 2018

To find out more about the programme and how to apply, please visit the Drivers for Change website.

New Year’s resolutions for social entrepreneurs

Five resolutions from the School for Social Entrepreneurs

Sophie Hobson, School for Social Entrepreneurs’ communications manager has written a post listing her 5 new year’s resolutions for social entrepreneurs.

The list includes:

  1. Always do the most important thing first.
  2.  Make time to work on the business, not in the business.
  3.  Find other social entrepreneurs who get how tough and lonely it can be.
  4. Rebrand the ‘failures’ or 2017 as ‘learnings.’
  5. Keep learning to be a leader.

Find out more by reading the full post on the School for Social Entrepreneurs Website.

The Social Value Summit 2018

‘Leading event on social value’

The Social Value Summit is run by Social Enterprise UK with the the support of Business in the Community. The event brings together commissioners and providers from across the public, private and social sectors, aiming to build cross-sector networks and partnerships whilst also showcasing best practices in measurement, frameworks and procurement.

The event is a great opportunity to hear from expert speakers, hear all the latest news and information, discuss current challenges & opportunities and network with leaders from across sectors.

When? 28th of February, 2018

Where? IET London: Savoy Place

To find out more about the event and book your tickets, visit the Social Enterprise UK website. Early Bird ticket sales end this Friday the 12th of January.

StartUp 2018

Event packed with inspiration and advice

Looking for inspiration and advice on how to start a business, be your own boss or just want to improve your entrepreneurial skills and meet like-minded individuals?

This one day event, hosted by Enterprise Nation involves a packed programme across 10 stages with over 100 expert speakers and inspiring entrepreneurs, exploring a range of interesting topics.

When? Saturday 13th January

Where? Queen Mary University, London

You can find more details on the event along with a full programme and how to purchase tickets on their Eventbrite page.

Business reads for the holiday

Recommended Business Reads

Fortune have compiled a list of top business reads from suggestions received from readers. The list includes classics, biographies, books on management, books on investing, on psychology and even some non-business business books. Take a look at the list of Fortune’s website, for some holiday reading inspiration!

Do you have any recommended business related reads?

Designing a Future Economy

Research from the Design Council on the role and value of design skills

The Design Council have published the executive summary for Designing a Future Economy – a report looking at the role and value of design skills to the UK economy. The research looks at the skills used in design, the link between these skills and productivity and innovation, and future demand for skills.

The results portray the high value of design to the UK economy – with design skills adding over £209 billion in GVA. The research also found that people using design skills are 47% more productive than the average UK worker.

However, the research also found evidence of an emerging skills gap. With a decline in the numbers of students choosing Design related subjects at school, the report also outlines some suggestions on what could be done to reverse the decline; ideas include incorporating design into STEM subjects and improving support for design skills within career-long learning.

The full research report will be available in January 2018, but for now, the executive summary can be accessed through the Design Council’s website: Designing a Future Economy

 

 

Learn from an experienced financial director

Meet an Entrepreneur in Residence

This week’s Entrepreneur in Residence is Sue Anderson of Pendle doors who with her husband has worked to build a successful manufacturing business. We have a number meeting slots available to meet with Sue on Wednesday, please email enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk  to book.

Sue Anderson (Financial Director of Pendle Doors)

Wednesday 6th December

Pendle Doors are a family business and one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of British made modern and contemporary high quality internal and external timber doors, doorsets, secured by design entrance systems, glazed screens and purpose made joinery to  the construction industry, including the Education, Healthcare, Residential and Leisure sectors.

Sue initially joined the business which was set up by her husband Steve on a part-time basis doing the accounts, as the business grew substantially this became a more hands-on full time role. The firm has enjoyed enormous growth and success through the hard work and dedication of Sue and the entire workforce and has built a reputation based on reliability and service.

 

Funding Update: Samuel Bafunso

Samuel Bafunso (MSc International Innovation (Entrepreneurship), 2016) received an Enterprise Funding award for his business, SB Consultancy Ltd. Here he shares his update.

SB Consultancy Limited was founded in 2016.  SB are the initials for the founder (Samuel Bafunso).

SB Consultancy Limited is a management and marketing consultancy. We provide design, digital and marketing services for  individuals and businesses of all sizes. As a company, we help craft digital experiences that combine design, technology and strategy.

The Lancaster-China Catalyst Programme was instrumental to the birth of SB Consultancy Limited. By being a part of a multidisciplinary graduate team which provided support for two different UK-Chinese company collaborative partnerships; I realised and finally articulated my personal mission, which was to help individuals and organisations, do whatever they do, but better.  Whilst in China, I was very fortunate to work with a few successful entrepreneurs and in the process, I developed a number of productive relationships. This put things in perspective for me, and I decided that when I returned to the UK, I would set up my own consultancy, which offers a range of services to small businesses to improve their overall business execution.

After returning from China, I participated in a few UK-China Entrepreneurship and Investment competitions. The feedback which I received from these competitions gave me the much needed confidence to continue with my entrepreneurial journey.

I have worked closely with the Enterprise Team from the onset, and they have helped shape my company into what it is today. The support which I have received from the team has been invaluable; from spending quality time in working through my business model canvas, providing financial support for my business to introducing me to other successful entrepreneurs within the industry.

With regards to the financial support; I received £500 from the Enterprise Fund, sponsored by Santander Universities, which was very instrumental to the growth of my company.  The bulk of the  fund was primarily used to cover transportation costs to meet my first 3 potential clients in London, Leeds and Lancaster. I also used some of the funding to print some business cards for my company which have been useful at various networking opportunities. Being awarded the enterprise fund made life easier for me at the start and I’m very grateful for that support which I received.

I have now worked on over 12 different projects with a range of clients and the business is growing rapidly. I am very excited with the progress so far and also looking forward to the future. I am very keen to connect and work with other entrepreneurs.

I am very passionate about growing businesses so please feel free to have a look on our website or contact us on any of our social media pages to see how we can help you.


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