Full Programme of Events

Oct 20

Art of Successful Networking

Saturday 13 November 2010
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

A two hour workshop on why students should be interested in networking and some hints and tips on good networking skills. The session will involve lots of practical and engaging exercises. This will be a good grounding for students who are planning on attending the various networking events that have been arranged throughout the week.

Sign up at http://artofnetworking.eventbrite.com/

Have you got what it takes to make it in the Film and TV industry?

Saturday 13 November 2010
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Join a panel of film makers, writers, crew and producers working at all levels in the film industry to hear what it takes to be successful in the independent film industry. This event will launch Global Entrepreneurship Week at Lancaster University and will be followed by networking with live music and refreshments with a chance to get one to one advice on your own career plans and ideas.

Sign up at http://filmtvpanel.eventbrite.com/

Commercialising university research – the Renovo story

Monday 15 November 2010
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Have you ever thought that your research might have BOTH commercial and academic value? Or questioned if the two are compatible? Then come and listen to someone who decided to find out.

Dr Sharon O’Kane Biography
Sharon is the co-founder and until February 2010 was the Chief Scientific Officer and a Main Board Director at Renovo Group plc. Renovo is a specialty biopharmaceutical company based in Manchester and a leader in the di…scovery and development of drugs to reduce scarring (www.renovo.com). The company was founded by Sharon and Professor Mark Ferguson in October 2000 raising £8m from venture capital investors, a second round of financing ($23m) followed in 2003, and the company floated on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in 2006 raising a further £67.5m. In 2007, Renovo signed a licensing deal with Shire for their lead drug Juvista, worth up to $825m plus royalties. It currently employs over 100 people and has a market capitalisation of £57M (4/10/10).

Before co-founding Renovo, Sharon had a 15-year career based in academia, with many industrial collaborators, publications, invited speaking engagements, large peer-reviewed grants, and numerous international research awards and was latterly at the University of Manchester as a Senior Research Fellow. Sharon is an inventor on all of the company’s broad IP portfolio, and continues to publish in high profile journals. She has a PhD and BSc (First Class) Honours degree from the University of Ulster.

Sharon delivers various masterclasses on spin-out company formation, entrepreneurship, and the role of women in business and in science. She is a judge of the BBSRC Young Entrepreneur competition final, reviews PhD studentship awards for the MRC and applications for the L’Oreal Women in Science Awards. She is a member of the MRC’s Immunology and Infection Steering Group.

Sharon is currently on the Board of a start-up drug development company, TPP, and is the Entrepreneur in Residence to UMIP, the University of Manchester intellectual property company.

Sign up at http://renovo.eventbrite.com/

Strategic Networking For Entrepreneurs

Monday 15 November 2010
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Align your network to venture success.

Organised by: Ben Wirtz of Handy Elephant

Academia has proven over and over again that an entrepreneur’s network is strongly affects the performance of his start-up, but that social capital is not a resource by itself.

With the hype around social networks, blogs and interaction, you can now establish and keep track of more contacts than ever before – but also more than you can remain an overview of and efficiently maintain a relationship with. While you plan your business strategy and activities, working on relationships often becomes an unplanned operational task.

In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn and discuss techniques on how to make the most out of your relationship and “plan” social capital – with the same techniques which you use for planning your business. By taking a step back and planning your networking activities, you will be able to leverage the potential in your network much quicker and use the right relationships at the right time to support your growing business.

Note: This workshop is not a general introduction to networking and how to make friends – it’s a no-nonsense workshop on how to plan your network to improve the performance of your business.

Sign up at http://strategicnetworking.eventbrite.com/

Keynote speaker – FGH Security *As seen on Dragons’ Den*

Monday 15 November 2010
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Peter Jones said that they gave the best pitch he had ever seen.

Want to meet them?

From the BBC website:
A confident pitch from two imposing men in grey suits has the Dragons sitting up and paying attention. Peter and Wesley describe an impressive success story from their security company, which began as bouncers for a students’ union and has gone on to win large public and private sector contracts with the goal of becoming a domestic and commercial security brand.

Read more here:

Sign up at http://fgh.eventbrite.com/

FASS Panel Discussion – ‘Should FASS be open for business?’
Tuesday 16 November 2010

1.00 – 2.00 PM

Room: LICA building – A05
Organised by: Chris May (supported by LUYES)

There is a general movement towards an engagement with the business community across the University sector. Until recently this was largely focussed on Management Schools, but recently other disciplines have been encouraged to look towards engagement with the private sector. In the Arts and Social Sciences, this has not always been popular nor regarded as an important part of these disciplines’ interests or research agendas. This panel seeks to explore these issues by asking panellists of opposing views on FASS’ engagement with the business community to debate the question of how open FASS should be to business as part of strategic intent and what role, if any, enterprise might play in FASS’ future.

FASS Consultancy Event – FASS Enterprise Centre

Tuesday 16 November 2010
2.00 – 3.00 PM

Room: LICA building – A04
Organised by: Chris May (supported by LUYES)

To consolidate and expand its business engagement activities the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is planning an Enterprise Centre to host and accommodate is enterprise activities, from courses for undergraduates and postgraduates to graduate business incubation and collaborative research and consultancy work with the local/regional business community. As much of this work will directly involve FASS student, alumni and staff this session allows the project leader Professor Christopher May to present a draft of the planned Centre and seek advice, views and comments from its key constituencies. This is a drop in session – the proposal will be available through the GEW Facebook site, and in hard copy on the day.

RA Enterprise Toolkit Launch Event

Tuesday 16 November 2010
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Organised by: Louise Innes (supported by LUYES)

An event focussed at Postgraduate Researchers to raise awareness of the three entrepreneurship modules which are available on LUVLE. The VLE modules are a great introduction into Entrepreneurship and the issues we need to consider as researchers in developing our ideas. The modules can be undertaken in the users own time and include a short self test to see if the user has grasped the basics.


Sign up at http://ratoolkit.eventbrite.com/

Keynote speaker – Ian Aspin

Tuesday 16 November 2010
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Who is Ian Aspin? Ian has primarily worked in TV and radio (BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4) but would probably describe himself as a journalist. He is now putting the finishing touches to his book “How to be a Superhuman Using the Amazing Powers of Social Networks to Make a Living, Make a Life and Make a Difference”.

Ian has interviewed entrepreneurs from across the world to try and find out what makes them tick and how they have used their time, money, power or influence to make a difference to the people around them. Ian is a truly inspiring individual, don’t just take my word for it, he has over 81,000 followers on Twitter. Come and listen to what Ian has to say about entrepreneurs, the economy, and the future, and how it will affect every single one of us!


Sign up at http://aspin.eventbrite.com/

Business Ideas Generation Workshop

Wednesday 17 November 2010
12:00PM – 2:00 PM

Those who attend will learn:

  • What creative thinking is
  • Where ideas come from
  • Extremely powerful business ideas generation techniques
  • How to ensure those ideas are viable.

Sign up at http://ideasgen.eventbrite.com/

Pitching practice competition (XING)

Wednesday 17 November 2010
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Do you want to chance to represent Lancaster University at an all expenses paid international pitching competition?

Using the business planning game XING you will compete in teams to prepare and present the best pitch. We are looking for a team of six students to represent Lancaster in the international FLUX competition on the 4-6th April 2011.

Sign up at http://pitchingpractice.eventbrite.com/

Social enterprise, it’s all around us

Thursday 18 November 2010
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Key Note Speaker, Dave Dawes
Dave is an inspiring and serial entrepreneur. He will be telling his story of how he became involved in the social enterprise world. If you are unsure about what social enterprise is and how you could be a part of this inspiring worldwide movement. If youa re then interested in taking your career and ideas further come along to the UnLtd session straight after!
Time: 4pm

UnLtd Session
Professionals from the national charity UnLtd will be coming in to speak about funding available for students and staff who are interested in try out a community or environmental project that they are interested in. This could be a wild idea that you have always wanted to have a go at or it could be something that you are extremely passionate about and just need that extra push to get started.
Time: 5pm

Key Note Speaker, TBC – TBC
Time: 6.30pm

Sign up at http://socialent.eventbrite.com/

iPad / iPhone app development day

Friday 19 November 2010
10:30 PM – 16:00 PM

An introduction to iPhone and iPad apps, how to make money from them and then an afternoon introduction on how to make them! Hear from some industry leading experts, our very own Dr Reuben Edwards and Dr Paul Coulton plus some guest from private sector. If you have an idea for an app then you need to attend this session!

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Closing Event – one student and his dreams of a Ferrari

Friday 19 November 2010
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

A closing event to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 including an announcement of the winning ideas from the beermat challenge and prize giving.

The closing event will begin with an keynote talk by Anthony Chesworth, MD of EKM Systems, the UK’s number one internet solutions company, powering 1 in every 5 online shops in the UK.

Anthony and EKM Systems have won several awards including ‘Business of the Year’, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘Best use of eBusiness’. Antony graduated from Lancaster University in 2002 and will provide a few thoughts on his time at Lancaster, why he decided to start his own business, the challenges he has faced and the lessons he has learned.

Sign up at http://gewclose.eventbrite.com/

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