Lab Types

There are lots of different Lab types to choose from, depending on what you are looking to work on. Expand any of the sections below to find out more

If you’ve had your IntroLab session with our team and are ready to get started, click  here to book on to a Lab or request your own.

To arrange your IntroLab session, please complete our Registration Form.

IntroLab

Introduction. Recommendations.

IntroLabs give students and staff an opportunity to talk to a member of the Enterprise Team about the idea they want to explore, learn more about what the Enterprise Team offers, how they can make the most of it and get some ideas of ways to take it forward. 

For example: Maria had been thinking about becoming a freelance graphic designer for a while but wasn’t sure what she would need to set up a new business. After reaching out to the Enterprise Centre she was invited to an IntroLab session where she had the opportunity to talk about her ideas with a member of the team and learn more about the support available to her. She got advice on setting up a venture, learned about mentoring opportunities as well as follow-up sessions that would help her shape her freelancer practice and be more confident in running a business. After the session she booked a “Zoom In” session to learn more about the legal requirements around freelancing, as well as a road-mapping session to explore alternative scenarios for the business and identify areas she need to learn more about as the venture develops.

Road-mapping

Reflect. Build Scenarios. Create a plan.

These sessions are bookable for those who have registered with the Enterprise Team, completed an IntroLab and are currently working on the action plan developed with the team. The purpose of the road-mapping session is to go a step further and dicuss the needs of your project in more detail and create a roadmap with clear milestones to help you move forward with confidence.

Example: Irene is launching a new business and registered with the Enterprise Team over the summer term. With their support following the IntroLab session, she started working on an action plan focusing on checking initial assumption she had made about the size of the market and the most appropriate marketing channels to use. Coming back at the start of the year she booked a road-mapping session to discuss her progress in more detail and plan ahead. The team helped her flesh-out different scenarios for the venture and work backwards highlighting specific knowledge gaps that would help her progress in the direction she desires.

Zoom In

Specific Advice.

Zoom In sessions are booked for students and staff members with developed ideas who need specific business advice such as legal or accounting advice to take their venture to the next level. Other types of expert advice are available through mentoring with experienced entrepreneurs from various industries.  

For example: Daniela is a medical student who is forming a new business offering service to pharmaceutical companies. She finds it difficult to write the terms and conditions on her website in a way that complies with the regulations in the field and protects her and her business. She books a business advice session to speak to a solicitor and get advice on different alternatives available to her.

Active Listening

Informal. Share ideas. Listen to others.

These open-ended sessions are perfect for those who want to discuss early-stage ideas broadly or those who want to spend time talking about their project without any specific agenda. 

For example: Amanda is thinking about setting up a social enterprise and has a sense of who would benefit and how parts of it would work, but is not sure how to proceed. She just wants to spend some time unpacking alternatives and getting feedback on her idea from peers and the Enterprise Team. She books an Active Listening session and spends a couple of hours sharing her vision and getting advice on best practice around identifying stakeholders, reaching out to potential partners and structuring a business.

Design Lab

Design. Innovate. Prototype. 

Design sessions provide students with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with human-centred design (HCD) as an approach to innovation and gain practical support in implementing it to accelerate their projects. 

For example: Matt was working on an idea for a social enterprise for a while before he came across user centred design as a way to approach  problem solving and innovation. He booked a design session in which a facilitator helped him understand the process of human-centered design and identify the tools that are most relevant to his project. After the workshop he scheduled a second bespoke design session, inviting potential users to a half day HCD challenge to unlock their creative confidence and inform the design of his offering.

Pitch Perfect

Prepare a pitch. Practise delivery. Receive Feedback.

Pitch it sessions are facilitated sessions to support those who are either preparing to pitch their business at an event or competition, or think that developing a pitch will help them shape, understand and present their business better. Participants are provided with resources and advice before the session, work on their presentation and then pitch in front of a panel of peers and Enterprise Team members.

Example: Gordon is preparing for a start-up weekend competition, and is determined to make a great impression and find a team of talented people to join his project. To improve his pitch he books a Pitch Perfect session. He receives a template and best practice advice from the Enterprise Team, then presents in front of a panel and gets feedback on the content, structure, graphic design and delivery of his presentation, gaining more confidence and tweaking parts of the pitch that did not work as well as he hoped.

Team Time

Team Project. Resources. Prototype.

In team-time sessions groups can draw on the support and resources of the enterprise team to accelerate their projects. They can book facilitation support to run an ideation session, get prototyping materials to test ideas or time with a member of the team to get advice and feedback on their project.  

For example: Jenny was leading a group of students working on a social enterprise competition among colleges. She booked a team-time session to kickstart the group project through a facilitated session on stakeholder mapping to help the team consider the social challenge at hand broadly. The enterprise team provided the team with templates and a facilitator to help them unpack the different actors related to the challenge and highlight areas where the team could have real impact.

Share It

Share your story. Learn from others.

Being enterprising involves gaining a lot of new skills and applying them in the real world. Share It sessions are a space to share and be inspired by stories of peers who have learned something new that accelerated their project. 

Example: Jack is a third year LUMS student, who has developed a business using affiliate marketing in the last couple of years. In the process he has learned a lot about running affiliate marketing campaigns and wants to share what he knows with other aspiring entrepreneurs. He books a Share It session which attracts the attention of other students interested in the topic from the Enterprise Centre’s network. He comes in and presents the tools he is using, sharing success stories and cautionary talks, helping peers to kick-start their projects and identifying potential collaborators in future ventures.

Please note, some Labs can be arranged at short notice; others will take a little longer while we:

  • Dig a little deeper into your requirements
  • Match the best available member of the team to the task
  • Call on a specialist or sector expert to help you
  • Get enough people together to make it work
  • Prepare session materials

We’ll contact you to agree a date.

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