The Enterprise Team would like to invite students, staff and alumni to attend a special panel event with three of Lancaster University’s Entrepreneurs in Residence. The session will be run as a Q&A, so come prepared to quiz the panel, find out about their experiences and ask for advice on setting up your own venture! Even though the entrepreneurs run businesses predominantly in the engineering and IT sectors, their knowledge about what it takes to run and start up a successful business will be valuable to all aspiring entrepreneurs.
Sitting on the panel will be:
Michael Hill (Managing Director of Optima Control Solutions)
Optima Control Solutions is an expert industrial control systems company, supplying systems and services to companies from multiple sectors, in numerous countries, helping them to improve their processes, productivity and ultimately their profitability.
Andy Hooper (Managing Director of Westlakes Engineering)
Westlakes Engineering is a consultancy providing civil, structural , environmental and attraction safety services. The company has grown quickly since it started in 2004, by establishing a reputation for providing a high quality, professional service to a wide range of clients.
Mark Shepherd (Managing Director of Vertigo Solutions Ltd)
Mark has had a varied career in catering, engineering and even 12 years as a Police Officer – all this before setting up his own IT company. Vertigo Solutions Ltd provide a variety of IT support solutions to a range of markets from manufacturing to education and healthcare.
When? Friday 18th May, 1-3pm
Where? Learning Zone Pod 4
Secure your space on the session by booking through Target Connect.
Come along to pick up some tips and learn from those who have been there and done it!
Graduate entrepreneur, Nadeem Khan to share LinkedIn top tips
Recent Masters graduate, Nadeem Khan, Founder of Optimizhr will be joining us to share his top tips for using LinkedIn to make a positive impression to clients.
When? Tuesday 8th May, 3-4pm
Where? Learning Zone Pod 3
Book a space through Target Connect.
Take a moment to think about the impression that you want to create of yourself on the rest of the world. Then for a second the impression that you already have created?
Today digital media has transformed the way we work, eat, move, walk, talk and live. Our lives as I write these words create a digital footprint of me, who I am, my likes, dislikes essentially enabling me to create a personality profile. So anyone in the world who doesn’t know much about me can simply Google my name and find out more or less that what I have already made available on the worldwide web. Whether we like it or not these posts can stick around for a long-long time so how can we control what we post or should we be controlling them?
As you enter the professional world, you are likely to be screened according to your digital footprint and that’s when things can go haywire for you. There are therefore two personalities with your name, one the obvious you and the second the digital one that you create for your audience so be sure that you create a good one. Nevertheless, if you manage to create a good one, you also must make sure that the real you is synced to it as in the real word its only ‘authenticity’ that counts and can lead you to create trust and ultimately win!
This session will cover tips and tricks to optimise your social media profiles to position yourself positively in front of clients I.e. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Commercial Awareness for Knowledge Exchange Sessions
Gerasimos Balis, the Enterprise Team’s Design Facilitator recently collaborated with Bijan Aryana to deliver some commercial awareness workshops as part of Bijan’s Design and Business module for MA Design Management students. The sessions were successful and appeared to add great value to the student’s projects. Below is a bit more information on what was covered in the sessions and some of the feedback received.
Commercial Awareness for Designers
The first 3 hour session involved:
- An introduction to Business models and tools to evaluate them
- Reflection on the impact of design expertise on business
The second 3 hour session involved:
- Design process models and roles designers play in a ventrue
- Examples of best practice from design agencies
- Workshop on articulating their own design process
Great feedback was received for both sessions from student’s who took part:
‘I like the activities which were really engaging, fun and new to me’
‘I like the interactive exercises and tools provided’
‘I like the groupwork elements because it helps our ideas flow and we get some really interesting inputs and ideas’
‘Good content, helped a lot towards our project and ensured we followed a plan to effectively accomplish the activities’
‘Loved the activities, really helpful’
‘The activity further strengthened the understanding of the design process and its adaptability’
These sessions are all part of the Enterprise Team’s wider aims to contribute to enhancing student’s commercial awareness by equipping them with some useful tools within the curriculum. This is a scheme we have named CAKE (Commercial Awareness for Knowledge Exchange). To find out more, please visit the dedicated CAKE webpage.
Do you want to become more employable by demonstrating you have experience applying 21st century skills?
Are you an entrepreneur – or an entrepreneur in the making- who wants to develop a business idea?
Join our Design Thinking Sprints this March and gain experience of applying Design Thinking to a real project.
What is Design Thinking?
Design thinking is an approach to innovation that is sought after by employers and invaluable for entrepreneurs. It transforms the way you approach the world when imagining and creating new solutions for the future, based on empathy, collaboration and experimentation. These 21st century skills will help you futureproof your career or be a more innovative and systematic entrepreneur. In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals of Design Thinking and gain hands-on experience of applying Design Thinking on real world problems. This session contributes towards the Enterprise Centre Commercial awareness certification as well as the Lancaster Award.
Session 1. Design Thinking Sprint – The Design Thinking process / Shaping a useful challenge
Time: Wednesday the 7th of March at 14:00 – 17:00
Location: County South Lecture Theatre (LT A70)
In the first session we will go through a quick design cycle to get you familiarised with Design Thinking and shape a challenge to focus on in rest of the sessions. Don’t worry if you don’t have an idea or if you are uncertain about joining future sessions. This session can be attended as a stand-alone as well.
Book a place on this session through Target Connect.
Session 2. Design thinking Sprint – From Inspiration to Ideation
Time: Wednesday the 14th of March at 14:00 – 17:00
Location: Bowland North SR 07
Session 3. Prototyping
Time: Wednesday the 21st of March at 14:00 – 17:00
Location: Bowland North SR 07
To find out a bit more about what Design Thinking is all about, read our account from our last introductory workshop here. Please also feel free to email the Enterprise Team for further details.
Support in your application to win up to £25,000 for your startup!
Hopefully you’ve already heard about The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2018 – your chance to compete against other students and recent graduates to win a wealth of support for your startup or established idea!
For the first round of the competition, applicants will be required to submit a two minute video pitch and completed simplified Business Model Canvas (using the template provided by Santander).
The Enterprise Team have two workshops scheduled to support you with your applications:
- Business Model Canvas/Value Proposition Workshop
Thursday 1st March, 2-5pm, Learning Zone Pod 4
This workshop will focus on helping you to bring your customer profiles together with your value proposition to successfully complete Santander’s template Business Model Canvas. Book through Target Connect.
Thursday 8th March, 2-5pm, Physics B009
This workshop will focus on how to best pitch your idea, the art of storytelling and also how to create an engaging video. Book through Target Connect.
The deadline for submissions to the first round is noon on Friday the 13th April. To find out more about the awards including details such as eligibility, please visit our dedicated competition webpage or email the Enterprise Team.
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!