One of the UK’s largest student and graduate business pitching competitions, is HERE!
How can I find out more?
Come along to our information drop-in on Friday 23rd February in Pod 4 in the Learning Zone. We’ll be there throughout the day, ready to answer your questions and help you get off to a flying start. If you’re interested in hearing from someone who has been involved before, Charles Rogers, semi-finalist from last year’s competition will be joining us at 10:30am to share his experience. It would be great if you could email us to let us know if you are planning to attend.
Can I read anything in the meantime?
Yes! Please visit our competition information page here. You’ll be able to get an overview of the competition and download the information pack.
What other support will be available?
We will announce dedicated workshops on completing your competition Business Model Canvas, and producing a 2 minute video pitch, and offering 1-2-1 support with your individual application before Easter. Watch this space!
Are you an international student looking to start a business in the UK after graduation?
In order to start a business in the UK following graduation you will need to hold a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to 12 months to establish and develop a business. This can then be extended for up to 12 months, provided satisfactory progress is being made.
Lancaster University is able to endorse a limited number of new T1 Visa applications each year from students interested in this career path. Each applicant is required to submit a strong business plan, outlining how the proposed business idea will operate in the UK. The Enterprise Team are able to support you in the production of this business plan.
It you would like to know more about the scheme, including details on the process, requirements and top tips for making a successful application – The Enterprise Team and International Registry team will be hosting an information session next week, please come along to find out more and ask any questions.
When? Tuesday 20th February 1:30-2:30pm
Where? Learning Zone Pod 4
Let us know you will be attending by booking through Target Connect.
You can read more about the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme here.
Screening of DESIGN DISRUPTORS Documentary
As part of UCLan School of Art, Design & Fashion 7th Conference Week, in association with Creative Lancashire & Forepoint, there will be an exclusive screening of the InVision-produced documentary DESIGN DISRUPTORS.
DESIGN DISRUPTORS reveals a never-before-seen perspective on the design approaches of 15+ industry-shaking companies, and how they’re using the power of design to disrupt billion dollar industries. You can view the trailer here. The screening will be followed by an industry Q&A.
When? Thursday 15th February, 6-9:30pm
Where? The Continental, South Meadows Lane, Preston
Tickets to the screening are free but seating is limited – register your attendance on EventBrite now.
Final year Lancaster Medical School student, Maria Dobrzynska, writes why she is passionate about innovation in health care and why the future is exciting for health.
Billions of investments in the healthcare industry, including the Health Innovation Campus at Lancaster, are driving advances and transforming healthcare globally. Digital health, artificial intelligence, genomics, personalized medicine and 3D printing are just a few concepts, which are being applied to improve health and healthcare.
As a medical student and a future doctor, I am really excited about what the future holds for patients and healthcare practitioners. For example, it is estimated that five to ten years from now surgical robots will be an average sight in operating theatres and that artificial intelligence will be actively used in radiology departments to aid diagnosis. Experts also predict that, not long from now, pharmacies in hospitals will 3D print personalized medications for patients. Patients’ attitude to digital health technologies is also changing. More and more patients are using apps to prevent and diagnose skin cancer or use AI-powered health companions in their phones to get healthcare advice instead of visiting their doctors. Just recently, we have seen the success story of a patient being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition based on her Fitbit data, which might not have been picked up in time if not for the wearable device.
It seems like the practice of medicine will change dramatically over my lifetime and as a student I see it as my obligation to learn how to best use the novel technologies in medicine for patient’s advantage. Fortunately, more and more healthcare and education institutions are putting innovation at the heart of their actions like Lancaster University with the investment into the Health Innovation Campus. Indeed, it is the multidisciplinary work between clinicians, innovators, academics and businesses, which brings the best and most exciting results; such as a wearable using AI to identify, alert of and track seizures, which was FDA approved only this week.
I am certain that novel technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing and cheap genome sequencing will dramatically change the medicine we know today. In order to drive advances in those technologies entrepreneurs, academics and clinicians need to come and work together. That is why I find events such as the annual WIRED Health conference to be a fantastic educational and networking opportunity for me as a future doctor, but also for anyone looking for the tools and inspiration to tackle the most important challenges of healthcare.
If –like me – you would like to tap into the fascinating trends revolutionizing healthcare check out the WIRED Health 2018 conference and get 20% off all rates with the code LEC20: http://wired.uk/health-lec20 .
Expert voice tips and business start-up advice
This week’s entrepreneur in residence is Kelly Anne Sharp, founder of Voice Work. Kelly Anne will be coming in on Thursday (8th Feb) to answer your questions!
Kelly Anne is a voice and speech coach, empowering people to improve the quality of their speaking voices for presenting on stage/in a boardroom, use their voice more effectively and deliver confidence to the individual and results for organisations. She works with a range of clients from businesses to individuals, educators and singing students. She has for example, worked with directors to help them become more effective leaders.
Not only will Kelly Anne have lots of expert tips to share in relation to using your voice more effectively to make a positive impression, having started her own business, she will also have start-up tips for any budding entrepreneurs.
When? Thursday 8th February, 1-2:30pm
Where? Learning Zone Pod 4
If you would be interested in attending the session, please sign-up via Target Connect
Looking for funding to help your startup?
Campus Capital is working in partnership with a number of UK universities to deliver on-campus venture capital funds, part-run by students!
The Lancaster team will be hosting their first event this Monday the 29th of January, 6:30-8pm in The Hub, Lancaster University Management School. This event will provide the opportunity for entrepreneurial students and alumni of the University to find out more about potential funding for their startups. With Campus Capital being able to provide investment of up to £350k to startups – this is not an event to be missed! Anyone who attends the will get the chance to meet the Students VCs and receive advice for securing funding.
Please visit the event page for further information and you can find our more about Campus Capital Lancaster here.
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
‘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.
‘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.
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.