Campus in the City 2015 – Enterprise Week

Market research and other great enterprise opportunities

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Campus in the City runs again in 2015 from 14th February to 25th April.

Within that, week commencing 30th March has been allocated as Enterprise Week, which presents an opportunities for enterprising students and staff to get involved.  For example, it’s a chance to conduct Market Research with potential customers for an idea you are developing or for a product or service you already offer.

There are lots of other ways you could use the space so if you are interested in finding out more this opportunity, please get in touch as soon as possible via enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk

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New app uses location tech to match Lancaster students with the best deals on campus

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A new smart phone app created by two Lancaster University students enables discounts and offers to be sent directly to students walking close to businesses on campus.

The software sends deals, vouchers and discounts specifically targeted at students who are within a short walk – 75 metres – of 25 Lancaster University campus shops, bars or cafés, by making use of the gps technology within smart phones.

The Notifu app is the creation of Tom Young, 20, an entrepreneurship and management student, and Filip Sobiecki, 19, a second year business studies student. They have received more than £40,000 from start-up investors Oxford Technology Management to develop the app.

Notifu is currently available to download on iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notifu/id930123020?ls=1&mt=8, with an Andriod version in development, and more information is available by visiting www.notifu.co.uk

To read the full story, please click here.

Dare you enter the Dragons’ Den?

Do you need cash for your business idea?

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BBC Dragons’ Den gives entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their proposals to a panel of the UK’s most successful business people.  They have pledged to invest their own money in the best ideas.

If you are an entrepreneur, with a fantastic business idea or product that is investment ready, then we want to hear from you.

For an application form:

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Support for your application

Successful local entrepreneurs who have won investment from the Dragons’ in the past are FGH Security and Kirsty Henshaw .

If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact the Enterprise Team via enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk to discuss how we might support you, e.g. by critiquing your business idea or plan, or creating pitching practice opportunities.

Win an iPad Mini – complete our enterprise survey!

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It all starts with an idea…tell us yours and win an iPad Mini!*

What do I have to do?

It’s very simple. Click on the link below and complete the survey. Depending on what you’ve got to tell us, it could only take a few minutes. Equally, you might have lots to share, so it could take a bit longer!

TO ENTER CLICK HERE

Bear in mind, the deadline for submitting completed surveys is noon on Friday 27th February. Yes, that is soon so why not click through straight away!

What can I win?

There is one first prize of a 32GB iPad Mini 2. (If you win, you can choose between Space Grey or Silver). There are five runners up prizes of book bundles containing some of our favourite titles for enterprise thinkers, including Value Proposition Design, Business Model Generation and the Lean Start Up.

*If I enter, will I win a prize?

If only life were that simple. If you submit a completed survey, you’ll be entered into the prize draw – you do have to be in it to win it!  We’ll notify you by email as soon as possible after the deadline to notify you if you’ve won.

What’s the catch?

This isn’t some scam to harvest your personal data and steal your identity. The Great Lancaster University Enterprise Survey is very simply our way of making sure we’re still in touch with all the people we’ve worked with over the last few years. It’s a chance to check we’ve still got your correct information in our database and also to find out about what you’ve been up to since we last saw you. It might be that new support opportunities have emerged since then and if we know what you’re up to we can make sure you’re in the loop.

3-1-5 Health Club Business To Business Breakfast Meeting

Speed Networking at 3-1-5 on Friday morning – get an early morning workout first!

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This Friday! 30th January 3-1-5 is hosting Business 2 Business breakfast meeting in partnership with Audi Blackburn from 7.45am until 10am. What do you need to do to run the business you really want to run? And, what would it feel like? Would you like to discuss this further with like-minded business colleagues? Then come along to our Speed Networking morning at 3-1-5 Health Club and if you are really keen, why not have a workout beforehand with our world class trainers from 6.45am? Just RSVP to Louise@x-force.co.uk before 28th Jan 2015.

Click here for more information.

The Next Billion Dollar Wave In Tech – Virgin.com

Reintroducing the Extreme Tech Challenge – an amazing opportunity for start-ups to network and pitch on Necker Island to secure funding and infrastructure for their businesses.

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Kevin Roberts Masterclass – this Friday!!

We wanted to invite you all to a masterclass this Friday with Kevin Roberts. The event forms part of our masterclass series and will include an audience of businesses, MBA and Masters Students and University staff and associates.

Kevin Roberts, CNZM, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi

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Friday 16th January 2014, 16:45 – 20:00

Masterclass and registration will be held in the George Fox Lecture Theatre 1, Lancaster University. Networking to be held in the Management School following the masterclass.

Kevin Roberts is the New York-based CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi – one of the world’s leading creative organizations with over 6500 people and 130 offices in 70 countries – and part of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communications group. Saatchi & Saatchi works with 6 of the top 10 and over half of the top 50 global advertisers.

Born and educated in Lancaster, Kevin started his career in the late 1960s with iconic London fashion house Mary Quant. He became a senior marketing executive for Gillette and Procter & Gamble in Europe and the Middle East. At 32, he became CEO of Pepsi-Cola Middle East; and later Pepsi’s CEO in Canada. He took up his position as CEO Worldwide with Saatchi & Saatchi in 1997.

Registration:

We ask that you register a place/ places at the event so we can cater for the correct numbers. Please feel free to bring along a guest with you.

We anticipate that this masterclass will be very popular and we want to ensure we have enough seats!

To confirm attendance, please email or call Eve Tinker on 01524 510703 or e.tinker@lancaster.ac.uk.

Jo Fairley, Entrepreneur and Creator of Green & Black’s

Come and listen to LUMS’ guest speaker TOMORROW..

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Date: 14 January 2015, 5.45 PM
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, LUMS
Speaker: Jo Fairley, Entrepreneur
Organised by: The Lancaster MBA

Green & Black’s was started with just £20,000 of Jo’s savings, and has grown into a brand worth approaching £100 million worldwide in less than 20 years, showing Jo has an exceptional understanding of brand creation and development.

Despite its widespread global availability, Green & Black’s has retained its luxury cachet: it is the only food brand featured in the UK’s CoolBrands Top 20.

Since co-founding Green & Black’s chocolate in 1991, she has built the brand into the world’s leading organic chocolate, continuing to champion its worldwide success in co-operation with its new owners, Cadburys.

From its inception, Green & Black’s has also been an ethical brand and was the first brand to be awarded the UK Fairtrade Mark with Maya Gold  in 1994. Jo draws upon such ethical issues and shows how working for a company with a strong CSR programme can boost team spirit and dedication.

Timings

5.45pm  Registration, Hub breakout space

6.15pm  Talk commences, Lecture theatre 1

7.15pm  Networking and drinks, Hub breakout space

Please contact s.m.tasker@lancaster.ac.uk for any further information regarding this event

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards 2015

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

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What Can I Win?

The Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of student and graduate entrepreneurs. Not only will the awards help secure cash investment to aid students with their ideas and businesses, but they will also provide the winners with valuable press coverage via the recognition received through this initiative. Winners will also then qualify for entry into the Santander Universities Enterprise Community programme.

The competition is open to students or recent graduates (within last two years), and entries can be from individuals or groups.

Undergrad prizes

  • 1st prize: £5,000
  • 2nd prize: £3,000
  • 3rd prize: £1,000

Postgrad prizes

  • 1st prize: £20,000
  • 2nd prize: £10,000
  • 3rd prize: £5,000

To enter you will need to submit a business plan by midday Monday 9th March.  The plans will then be shortlisted and evaluated by a panel and an entry for each category put forward to represent Lancaster University in the national competition .

Click here for more information: Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards Information Pack

All submissions should be emailed to enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk