Accelerating gender equality from the North
Northern Power Women is a campaign aiming to transform the culture of organisations to increase opportunities for women and showcase role models and best practice for organisations that are helping to drive economic growth.
As part of their campaign, monthly podcasts are recorded discussing the big issues which affect our careers and lives. You’ll hear form an individual at the top of their game on the challenges they faced and the mistakes they made. You might even have the opportunity to discuss and seek some advice on some of your own career related issues.
When? Monday 30th October, 12-1pm
Where? Lancaster Management School
Interested? Register your attendance on Eventbrite.
Even if you can’t make the live recordings, you can download and subscribe to the podcasts on the Northern Power Women website.
We need your nominations!
We are currently busy planning for the relaunch of our annual Lancaster University Enterprise Awards. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the diversity of ways in which students, researchers and alumni have applied their entrepreneurial mindsets, acted as creative-problem solvers and made a genuine impact on the world around them.
The awards seek not only to celebrate the successes but also recognise the journeys and distances travelled to reach those successes -every winner should have a story to tell, which hopefully will help to inspire others to engage in similar pursuits to realise their own dreams and ambitions.
The award ceremony itself is set to take place in December and will involve a formal dinner attended by various VIPs, stakeholders and of course a number of students. The dinner will be followed by entertainment, and an opportunity to network and socialise.
But now we need your help!
We need your assistance in identifying nominees within the following categories:
- Student Leader – Individuals/teams with a leadership role on behalf of a segment of the student body e.g. Society Execs, College JCRs, Departmental Reps, LUSU Offices and Student Ambassadors who have demonstrated the application of entrepreneurial behaviours to the realisation of an event, project, activity or other intervention.
- KE Champion – Individuals/teams who have displayed entrepreneurial behaviours in the undertaking of a Knowledge Exchange Intervention with an external organisation. For example through a Student Consultancy Project, Placement or Internship, KTP or PG Rise project.
- Impactful Researcher – Early Career Researchers who have translated, or taken active steps to translate their research into sustainable research impact, for example via a licensing agreement, spin-out or other business model.
- Sustainable Venture – Individuals/teams who have successfully launched a venture that has a clearly identified ‘triple bottom line’ business model, and has demonstrated or begun to demonstrate its viability. Must be formally registered, and trading for a maximum of three years.
- Organisational Innovator – Individual alumni (up to last three years) who have gone into employment in any role, industry or sector except self-employment, or as a founder member of a start-up
There will also be a ‘bright sparks’ category which will involve the submission of short video pitches for ideas – more details on this category to follow!
Further details on each of the categories and what we are looking for can be found within the nomination form. If you think there is either a team or individual (or maybe you are them!) that fits into one of the categories, please download and complete this nomination form and send it back to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the 31st of October.
Live Stream of WildHearts Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Summit
To ‘celebrate the power of entrepreneurship as a force for social and economic change,’ the WildHearts Group host Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Summits, bringing together some of the world’s leading Corporate, Social and Founding Entrepreneurs.
The next summit is being held in London on the 5th of October. The Summit includes sessions on Women in Leadership, Business for Good (both local and global) and Impact-full education. The day includes many inspiring speakers including Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Head of UN’s #HeForShe campaign.
The great news is that you can watch the Summit live from the comfort of your own room on the WildHearts Group Facebook page. It will also be available for catch up following the event.
Looking to start or grow a food or drink business?
Join retail buyers, entrepreneurs and experts from the food and drink industry for this one day exchange event in London.
The event will help to put you in touch with large brand buyers, learn form experienced entrepreneurs who’ve been there and done it and access expert advice in topics such as sales, marketing and PR for the food industry.
Already confirmed speakers include Sainsbury’s, Green & Blacks and Selfridges.
When? Friday 29th September
Where? Presentation Suite, KPMG, London
To find out more and purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.
Win a place on a Leadership Programme in Silicon Valley
Startup Summit is an exciting event ‘bringing the global eco-system to Scotland’s historic capital.’
The event is a one day exploration of all things startup – looking at the changing landscape of business, surviving in the startup world and growing into a thriving business. Founders and Executives of some of the world’s most successful companies will attend the event, speaking and sharing advice for your startup.
Each year, a number of emerging technology entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to earn a place on a five day leadership programme in Silicon Valley. To be in with a chance to pitch you can apply now, here.
For more information about the event on the 1st of November in Edinburgh visit the Startup Summit website. There are also opportunities to volunteer at the event.
Full programme announced
Enterprise Nation’s Festival of Female Entrepreneurs is back for its sixth year!
This unique event aims to bring together some the UK’s most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders and brightest start-ups, to provide you with detailed and practical insights to help grow your business.
Sessions on the day include advice on taking your brand global, sourcing celebrity brand ambassadors and the importance of loyalty to business success. Speakers include:
- Edwina Dunn, co-founder of many loyalty card programmes including the Tesco Clubcard.
- Rob Law, founder and inventor of the ride-on children’s suitcase brand Trunki.
- Mel Bound, founder of This Mum Runs and Enterprise Nations’s 2016 Female Start-up of the Year.
+ Many others, take a look at the event page to see the full programme, find out more about the event and purchase your ticket.
When? Friday 20th October, 2017
Where? Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
‘Celebration of the North’s strength in eCommerce’
Delivered by Prolific North, the eCommerce Show North is the largest gathering of eCommerce companies, vendors and suppliers held outside London, reflecting the huge commercial marketplace that is the North.
Tech North have announced that they will be heading to the show and hosting a collection of stands to form the ‘Tech North boulevard.’ For your chance to exhibit as part of ‘the boulevard’ all you have to do is fill in a simple online form on Tech North’s website.
To apply, your business must be no more than five years old and have fewer than 25 full-time employees.
The deadline for applications is the 14th of July, for more details visit the Tech North website.
The eCommerce show North will be held from the 11th-12th of October at EventCity in Manchester, for more details on the event, visit their website.
Following tomorrow’s IdeasLab (21st June 2017) we will be tuning in to Strategyzer’s webinar, Mastering Value Propositons, celebrating the launch of their new online course.
The webinar, which starts at 4pm (BST), aims to teach participants:
- how the Value Proposition Canvas can help you to create the value your customer wants.
- key insights, advice and tips on using the Value Proposition Canvas in your strategy and business discussions or experiments.
- how the Value Proposition Canvas pairs with the Business Model Canvas and its methodology.
If you’d like to know more about the Value Proposition Canvas, and are free between 4pm – 5pm tomorrow, drop us a line to let us know you’re coming, and meet us in Pod 4, Learning Zone.
‘Get your idea out there, find investment and accelerate growth’
Venturefest brings together SMEs with investors, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics to connect and do business. It is an ideal opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, learn how to bring innovative new concepts to market and get your idea out there. The event will include a number of panel discussions, keynote speakers and much more.
When? 14th September, 9am-2:30pm
Where? Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
One of the event highlights is the Innovation Showcase Competition, with £40,000 worth of prizes and a chance to pitch to an audience of potential investors! Small and medium-sized enterprises across the North West are invited to submit their entries online within one of the two categories – Startup or Growth by the 30th June.
To find out more about Venturefest and register your attendance visit their website here.
Are you an international student interested in starting a business in the UK after graduation?
Did you know that there is a special visa which enables non-EEA nationals to start their own business in the UK after graduation?
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa allows you to stay in the UK for 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.
The window for undergraduate applications is now open so if you would like to know more about the scheme, including details relating to the process and requirements – this session is not one to miss! The session will also provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for the International Registry Team.
When? Monday 19th June, 11am-12pm
Where? Learning Zone Pod 4
Please sign-up to attend the information session on TARGETconnect.
You can read more about the scheme here and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in contact.