Awards to help start and grow your social enterprise
UnLtd offer support for enterprises with a social or environmental aim at the core of what they do. They have two types of awards available at present, for which expression’s of interest close on the 27th March 2018. Although this deadline is soon, award cycles run three times throughout the year, so good to keep in mind for future too!
Do It Awards
For those who want to create social change and would like to start working on an idea. Award includes 1-to-1 support, expert advice and access to resources including some funding.
Grow It Awards
For those who have identified a social issue and are committed to tackling it and have experience relevant to grow a venture. Award includes support to grow your venture and up to £15,000 funding.
For more information on UnLtd awards, visit their website.
‘Help your venture to Thrive’
Thrive is a new social accelerator run by UnLtd, aiming to help ambitious social ventures to scale. The programme will include six months of intensive support along with an opportunity to secure up to £50,000 for your venture.
20 social ventures will be supported each year and for their first cohort they are looking specifically for ventures which are working to improve access to employment for those distant from the labour market.
If you would like to find out more about the accelerator or are interested in applying, Cathryn Chrimes from UnLtd will be coming in on Thursday the 15th of March to talk to potential applicants. This information session will take place from 12-2pm in Learning Zone Pod 4. You can also read more about the accelerator online.
Get plugged into Lancaster’s Digital network
Digital Lancaster are hosting a free networking event on Thursday 29th of March at The Borough on Dalton Square, to talk all-things digital and help bring like-minded people together. Digital Lancaster are part of Digital Lancashire, a not-for-profit community interest company aiming to accelerate the growth of the digital economy within Lancashire. This is a great opportunity for any budding digital entrepreneurs in the city!
You can register your attendance through Eventbrite.
Where they are now…
Stephen Moore graduated from an MA in Human Resources and Consulting in 2013. Since then, Stephen has started Transform2Succeed; working as a professional coach, Stephen helps client’s to realise and achieve their true potential.
Stephen is now an accredited mBIT (Multiple Brain Integrating Techniques) Master Coach, running regular courses. mBIT is an neuro-science based approach to coaching which acknowledges the existence of three brains – the head, the heart and the gut.
You can read more about Stephen’s Startup Story here.
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.
The Impact of Social Enterprises
The Trading for Good report, commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales looks to provide a greater understanding into the impact which small and medium social enterprises are having on communities, in order to encourage more to be done to support them. The results reflect the diversity in their leadership and also the good they are doing for some of the poorest communities.
To read the report and some of the stand-out findings visit the Social Enterprise UK’s blog.
Are you an international student looking to start a business in the UK after graduation?
In order to start a business in the UK following graduation you will need to hold a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.
The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to 12 months to establish and develop a business. This can then be extended for up to 12 months, provided satisfactory progress is being made.
Lancaster University is able to endorse a limited number of new T1 Visa applications each year from students interested in this career path. Each applicant is required to submit a strong business plan, outlining how the proposed business idea will operate in the UK. The Enterprise Team are able to support you in the production of this business plan.
It you would like to know more about the scheme, including details on the process, requirements and top tips for making a successful application – The Enterprise Team and International Registry team will be hosting an information session next week, please come along to find out more and ask any questions.
When? Tuesday 20th February 1:30-2:30pm
Where? Learning Zone Pod 4
Let us know you will be attending by booking through Target Connect.
You can read more about the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme here.
Final year Lancaster Medical School student, Maria Dobrzynska, writes why she is passionate about innovation in health care and why the future is exciting for health.
Billions of investments in the healthcare industry, including the Health Innovation Campus at Lancaster, are driving advances and transforming healthcare globally. Digital health, artificial intelligence, genomics, personalized medicine and 3D printing are just a few concepts, which are being applied to improve health and healthcare.
As a medical student and a future doctor, I am really excited about what the future holds for patients and healthcare practitioners. For example, it is estimated that five to ten years from now surgical robots will be an average sight in operating theatres and that artificial intelligence will be actively used in radiology departments to aid diagnosis. Experts also predict that, not long from now, pharmacies in hospitals will 3D print personalized medications for patients. Patients’ attitude to digital health technologies is also changing. More and more patients are using apps to prevent and diagnose skin cancer or use AI-powered health companions in their phones to get healthcare advice instead of visiting their doctors. Just recently, we have seen the success story of a patient being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition based on her Fitbit data, which might not have been picked up in time if not for the wearable device.
It seems like the practice of medicine will change dramatically over my lifetime and as a student I see it as my obligation to learn how to best use the novel technologies in medicine for patient’s advantage. Fortunately, more and more healthcare and education institutions are putting innovation at the heart of their actions like Lancaster University with the investment into the Health Innovation Campus. Indeed, it is the multidisciplinary work between clinicians, innovators, academics and businesses, which brings the best and most exciting results; such as a wearable using AI to identify, alert of and track seizures, which was FDA approved only this week.
I am certain that novel technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing and cheap genome sequencing will dramatically change the medicine we know today. In order to drive advances in those technologies entrepreneurs, academics and clinicians need to come and work together. That is why I find events such as the annual WIRED Health conference to be a fantastic educational and networking opportunity for me as a future doctor, but also for anyone looking for the tools and inspiration to tackle the most important challenges of healthcare.
If –like me – you would like to tap into the fascinating trends revolutionizing healthcare check out the WIRED Health 2018 conference and get 20% off all rates with the code LEC20: http://wired.uk/health-lec20 .