Enterprise Awards – Call for nominations!

 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 enterpristeam@lancaster.ac.uk no later than the 31st of October.


The Food Exchange 2017

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.

Startup Summit

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.

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2017

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

Venturefest Manchester 2017

‘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.


North Lancs Expo

North Lancashire Expo, 24th-25th September

Hosted  by the Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce, the inaugural North Lancashire Expo is set to be a two day trade exhibition featuring stands, seminars, networking opportunities and free business advice from a host of organisations. The event is set to attract 200 exhibitors and 5,000 attendees over the two days.

  • Sunday 24th September (12-5pm) – Day one will be run as a B2C day, showcasing North Lancashire, and the surrounds, businesses and educational facilities to families and non-commercial visitors and the day’s events will be aimed at them.
  • Monday 25th September (10am-4pm) Day two of the Expo will be run as a B2B day, starting with an exhibitor to exhibitor networking session followed by key seminars and workshops focused on business.

The whole weekend will be held at Lancaster Brewery.

So whether you would like to attend as a visitor or maybe even exhibitor – book your ticket now and get the dates in your diary. For more information click here. 


The National Festival of Making

The first ever National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn from the 6th-7th of May. Bringing together artists, designers, manufacturers, small scale makers and the public, the festival promises a ‘vibrant celebration of Britain’s unrivaled making heritage and its bright future.’

In the build-up to the festival, Creative Lancashire in association with partners including the Crafts Council, Make it British, Central Research Laboratory and Lancashire Business View are hosting a number of events aimed at professional creative practitioners/makers and industry. The schedule of events includes:

  • A series of Conversations in Creativity panel discussions with a range of designers and makers.
  • Business Innovation for Growth (BIG) Talks e.g. on the role of design thinking in driving innovative manufacturing.
  • Crafts Council’s Real to Reel Film Festival.

These events aim to explore this year’s key themes of:  internationalisation of innovation, politics of production and ‘the new consumer.’

Further details and a full list of events can be found on Creative Lancashire’s website. 

Black Excellence Networking Event – 4th May 2017

One Love Radio, a Lancaster University student lead enterprise built to provide a platform for minority students, will be hosting the second installation of the Black Excellence Networking Event at the Lancaster University Management School Hub on Thursday 4th May 2017, 10.30am – 7pm.

Join the organisers for a day of:

Morning :- Networking with global businesses with diversity and inclusion remits, opportunities to meet with industry players and Entrepreneurs

Afternoon :- Employability enhancement workshops, talks with high profile guest speakers

Evening :- Panel discussions with key note speakers

There will also be free food from around the African diaspora and lunchtime entertainment!

Everyone is welcome; the event is all about celebrating cultural diversity, regardless of your background.

The organisers are also looking for students who have experienced marginalisation which may include those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, international students or those from the LGBTQ community, to submit their work for a magazine entitled “Ex-pression: where whispers are heard”. This can be in the form of artwork, poetry or prose… there are no limitations on themes concerning submission, all the organisers ask is for respect and honesty.

If you would like to create content for the magazine or get directly involved in the B.E.N.E, please contact s.akel@lancaster.ac.uk or t.adeshina@lancaster.ac.uk.

Free tickets may be downloaded from Eventbrite and you can register your interest on their Facebook page.

Expo North West

Free Business Networking Event

For anyone wanting to start or grow their own business, Expo North West is an ideal opportunity to network with businesses from a range of industries from across the region and beyond. It is a chance to make useful contacts and pick up hints, tips and advice from a people with a variety of experiences and knowledge.

When? Thursday 4th May 10am-4pm

Where? Ewood Park, Blackburn

The event is free to attend, all you have to do is register online! To register and find out more about the event visit the Expo North West website.


PG Rise 2017

Why you should apply to PG Rise 2017…

PG Rise is a multi-disciplinary team-based research challenge for postgraduate researchers. The programme will involve exploring the market viability of world-leading research projects developed here at Lancaster University.

The programme will enable you to:

  • Develop your research skills
  • Enhance your employability
  • Work with world leading academics
  • Engage with real world projects
  • Build an invaluable network of contacts

…and that’s just to name a few! You’ll also be given a £500 research budget per team to complete the task!

If you still need some convincing, here are some comments made by some of last year’s participants:

‘Thank you for this programme, I learnt a lot’

Laura (PhD Student)

‘PG Rise was a good project and I made some good friends on it and saw some amazing young talent.’

Bryce (PhD Student)

‘It was so fun I didn’t want it to stop. I was enlightened on various processes and resources which form the antecedents to successfully commercializing a patented product or process. The research proved helpful because it provides an insight into development and modes of entry into possible markets. Also, I have formed and nurtured strong interpersonal relationships with my teammates, some of which have become my friends’


‘It has been an eye-opener of how I would move into the private sector within my industry. I found the skills really useful and I was happy to work with my team who were fantastic.’


For further details visit the PG Rise pages of the website, where you can also find a link to the application form.

Feel free to email the Enterprise Team if you have any further questions.

This programme is delivered as part of the U Start Project – part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.