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.

iMap Micro Business Conference

Could you improve your business whilst minimising your impact on the planet?

Join this session, hosted by More Music to discover how your business could save money and improve business practices by reviewing it’s environmental impact.

More Music have invited a number of experts in green energy and business infrastructure including utilities, transport and carbon footprint to come and talk to you about your business and explore ways in which you could make a positive change.

These are free 90 minute sessions with refreshments  (and great homemade cake!)

When? Monday 19th June 11am-12:30pm or 2-3:30pm

Where? The Hothouse, Morecambe

Book your place through Eventbrite Now!

Opportunity for freelancers and creative entrepreneurs

Thinking about becoming a creative freelancer?

UCLan Student Enterprise & Incubation invites Lancaster University students to join an interactive session aimed to help you map out how to earn a living from your creativity. The session will look at using the Business Model Canvas in lots of useful and fun ways, helping you to identify how to create, deliver and capture the value of your enterprise.

When? Thursday the 25th May, 9:30am-12:30pm

Where? 4th Floor Media Factory, Preston

If you are interested in attending the workshop please email The Lancaster University Enterprise Team and we can book you a place.




Become a Creative Problem Solver

Crash Course in Design Thinking with Humera Fasihuddin from Stanford University’s d.school

If you are interested in developing the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to address complex challenges and compete in the economy of the future, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

At Stanford University’s, d.School, San Francisco they believe everyone has the potential to be creative and become an innovator. Through experiential student centred, team taught learning experiences, they help people from all subject disciplines to develop their creative abilities and use design to collaborate, solve challenges and create change.

No matter what you are studying at Lancaster, we invite you to immerse yourself in a one off Stanford University d.School experience with Lancaster University Enterprise Team and their guest, d.School’s Humera Fasihuddin.

Passionate about design thinking, Humera is involved in a number of innovation programmes at Stanford including ‘University Innovation Fellows’, a community of educators and students from around the world who are leading a movement and becoming agents of change using design.

In this bespoke ‘Design Thinking Crash Course’  you will experience how d.School teach design thinking by participating in and experiencing a full challenge driven design cycle.

Empathise, define, ideate, prototype, test… this will be hands on team action learning session and something totally unique.

We hope you will take away some of the basic principles of Design Thinking, start to adapt them into your personal routines, and feel inspired about new ways of understanding and tackling future business, sector and world challenges.

With your new perspectives on your potential you can experiment after this session in our weekly IdeasLabs sessions on Wednesdays in the Learning Zone.

Take a look at the sort of things the d.school do: d.school Bootcamp: The Student Experience

When? Wednesday 17th May 10am-12:30pm

Where? Management School Collaboration Suite (Lecture Theatre 10)

Book a Place: This event is open to all but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Secure your space now on Target Connect! Students who book a place are expected to attend and give at least 24 hours notice of cancellation.

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

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.

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.


Calling all tech startup founders!

Founders’ Network: The Summit Event

Tech North are hosting an exciting conference aimed at all tech startup founders in the North of England. The Summit will take place on the 2nd of March 2017 in Sheffield. It brings world-class educators and speakers to the North of England for a day full of entrepreneurial education and peer-to-peer learning.

The day will take the form of a ‘pick-and-mix’ style conference, allowing you to tailor the day to suit your needs and stage of business. There will be practical workshops, one-to-one mentoring sessions with experienced entrepreneurs and a peer-to-peer unconference.

You can find our more about the event here and book at ticket through their Eventbrite page. 


Santander Entrepreneurship Awards: Business Model Canvas Workshop

Tips for creating the most effective Business Model Canvas

The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards are your chance to win up to £25,000 funding plus mentoring and a whole range of other startup support for your business or idea!

Round one submissions for the competition this year involves the completion of a Business Model Canvas. We will be hosting a workshop to help you explore the canvas and build the best possible submission!

The workshop will take place on Monday the 20th of February, 12:30-2pm in Management School Lecture 12. You can book you space now through Target Connect.

In the meantime, if your are unfamiliar with the Business Model Canvas, a copy of the Business Model Canvas can be downloaded from the Strategyzer website. The first 80 pages of the Business Model Generation book can also be downloaded here.

Guest Speaker from LinkedIn

Making the most of LinkedIn

James Mooney, Agency Partner Lead (EMEA) for LinkedIn and Lancaster University Alumnus will be coming in to discuss how you can gain maximum value from using LinkedIn!

James works with some of the company’s most important clients – helping them to transform the way that they hire, market and sell across their own organisations.

Attending this workshop will enable you to:

  • Gain an insight into the world of LinkedIn, its culture and vision of the future.
  • Receive top tips on how to develop your online profile and utilise LinkedIn to achieve your goals.
  • Listen to James’s experience of progressing from a Lancaster University student to becoming an internet executive with global perspective.

When? 1-2pm, Tuesday the 21st of February

Where? Fylde College Lecture Theatre 1

This is one not to be missed! Secure your place on Target Connect.