Are You Curious?


Are you curious about what goes on in the Work In Progress Studio? Do you wonder whether you are missing a trick or two in your personal development toolkit? Current First Year Student from France, Zacharie Chiron thinks you might be, and he shares why in his blog post below.

This week Zacharie joined our session ‘Creative Confidence – Generating Ideas’. The session was led by Work in Progress’ Gerasimos Balis, and Zachary is keen to encourage other students to allow their curiosity to get the better of them, and dive in to explore and experience what’s on offer.

Here is his story of the value he has had from stepping out of his comfort zone, into the stretch and fun of the learning zone.

I’m a Philosophy, Politics and Economics student, interested in Social Enterprise, and I’m also writing novel.

With this variety of interests in mind, I have attended multiple ‘Work in Progress’ sessions throughout the year, on topics such as social enterprise and the different types of businesses, how to go from ideas to project, and creativity.


Those sessions are also tranquil spaces where you can spend a few minutes to think, get outside your zone of comfort, and share with specialists and other people sharing similar interests as you.

These little group sessions taking place next to Alexandra Square have proved very useful, as the presentations make you learn a lot and provide insights on things which may seem obscure to outsiders.

Indeed, while many of us have different forms of creativity and loads of ideas, it is often hard to know what to do about them and how to do it. Work in Progress helps a lot with that.

Those sessions are also tranquil spaces where you can spend a few minutes to think, get outside your zone of comfort, and share with specialists and other people sharing similar interests as you.

You might for example be asked to think about solutions to improve a restaurant on campus. These concrete and practical group works allow you to put in practice what you learn, and to develop creativity skills that you can reuse in your own area of interest. And these sessions even count for the Lancaster Award!

I highly recommend you check your target connect emails and register to a few of these sessions. You never know what opportunities this might open to you!

Zacharie Chiron,

Undergraduate BA Hons Philosophy and Politics 

Explore how Work in Progress can add value to your personal development on to the next Creative Confidence – Idea Generation’ session here on Target Connect

Zacharie’s feedback on sessions:

‘Good presentations, discussions and activities’

‘Welcoming atmosphere.’

‘A genuine care for everyone’s personal experience’

Ikigai Factory Awarded Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards

 Congratulations Ikigai Factory!

Congratulations to International Innovation graduates, Kyaw, Patrizia and Sebastien of Ikigai Factory limited who were awarded Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Awards last month. The Enterprise Team nominated Ikigai Factory in recognition of their hard work and success developing and taking their product REVR to market. Launched in 2017, REVR is a virtual reality solution that allows estate agents to view, manage and share virtual property tours; improving the viewing experience for customers too busy or remote to easily visit properties.

The team have written a short account to share their experience from the presentation day, where they were presented with the awards by the Duke of York himself.

In the morning of the 9th July before the ceremony we had the chance to meet with our mentor from LUEC, it was a good opportunity to catch up and to prepare for the event. At about 1pm we moved to the Buckley Innovation Centre at Huddersfield University where the other entrepreneurs from different universities from the North of England were. After setting up our stand we had the opportunity to network during lunch with the other students/entrepreneurs, and found the potential for future collaborations. Our solution also caught the attention of University representatives and a photographer present that day.

HRH presented The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award to the ten companies there, and at 2pm the Duke arrived and went around to the stand of each company, we were able to present our product and answer his questions regarding REVR. Meeting the Duke of York and discuss with him about REVR it was a great experience! One wisdom that the Duke shared to all young entrepreneurs resonated with us. He said “No plan survives the first contact with the enemy”.

We were honoured to be presented with the award by the Duke of York in person, this could not have been possible without the LUEC team that supported and is supporting us in our start up journey.

To read more about their story and check out their product, visit their website or their page on our Enterprise Directory.

Elevate your idea with £50,000

WorldLabs Elevating Ideas Competition

WorldLabs’ aim is to help ideas develop and grow by providing the funding, tools and connections needed. To celebrate the launch of their platform they are holding a competition that will award £50k to the most innovative idea from any field! The top 10 applicants will have the opportunity to pitch at a large startup conference in October. The competition is a great opportunity to gain publicity, valuable connections and an opportunity to work on and grow your idea through the platform.

For more information, please visit the WorldLabs website.

Application deadline: 3rd September 2018

Please let the Enterprise Team know if you are interested in applying and we will see how we can support you in the application process.




Venturefest North West

‘Bringing together the region’s innovators, entrepreneurs and investors’

Venturefest North West brings together the region’s innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. It’s an ideal opportunity to connect with people from around the region, find growth opportunities and be inspired. The event is a mix of speakers, workshops, exhibitors and networking opportunities.

When? 13th September 2018

Where? Manchester Central

You can find our more and sign up to attend the event on the Venturefest North West website.

Innovation Showcase Competition

At the centre of the event is the Innovation Showcase Competition. The competition is the perfect opportunity for North West businesses to promote their latest products, services and innovations to an audience of potential customers, partners and funders. There are four categories – Product Innovation, Service Innovation, Digital Innovation, and Innovative Established Business. Shortlisted businesses will present at the event. Winners will receive business support packages worth thousands of pounds.

To find out more and enter the competition, please visit the Venturefest North West website. Entries close: 16th July.

You’re invited to the Velo Holidays Launch!

Be part of the launch of Dan Ghita’s business.

From student to business owner – Dan Ghita and the story of finding your calling through people.

Dan Ghita is a Lancaster University first degree graduate with an interesting story behind becoming a business owner. Having moved to the UK 4 years ago, he has gone from working for IBM as a salesman to crossing Europe on his bike, and most recently starting a cycling tour business. Join him to celebrate the launch of Velo Holidays and to hear how people drove him to become an entrepreneur.

Date: Monday 16th of July

Time: 3-5pm

Location: Lancaster University Campus, Charles Carter Building, Room A15 – LA1 4YR

Parking: Visitor Parking G – by the Management School

Food: Traditional Romanian Cuisine and drinks included.

Special on the day discount for all participants to any cycling tours provided by Velo Holidays! 

If you would like to attend the launch please register here.

£25 Book Token Prize Draw

Fill in our feedback survey for a chance to win a £25 book token!

With the end of the academic year upon us, The Enterprise Team are very keen to gather feedback on your experiences of our activities over the 2017-18 academic year.  To do this, we have created a simple, short survey which should take no longer that 10 minutes to complete. We would really appreciate your help with this, as feedback is vital to the development of our future offering.

Click here to access the survey

If you complete the survey and are happy to provide your name and email address, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £25 National Book Token. Terms and Conditions of the prize draw are outlined below:

Terms and Conditions for Feedback Survey Prize Draw 2018

The Prize and Draw

  1. The prize will be a £25 National Book Token, this gift card is bound by its own Terms & Conditions which you can access here. We will not give a cash equivalent. Please note that contrary to the Terms and Conditions, this card must be used 24 months from the purchase date which was in December 2017.
  2. Entries will close at midnight on the 19/08/18 and a winner will be drawn on the 20/08/18. The closing date is however subject to change. Notification through our website and social media will be provided if the date is changed.
  3. All entries will be entered into a spreadsheet and allocated a number. A random number generator will be used to select the winner.
  4. Our decision will be final. The winner will be notified by email as early as possible following the draw on the 20/08/18.
  5. If the winner does not respond within 7 days of the notification email, a new winner will be drawn and the same steps will be followed until the prize is claimed.
  6. The Enterprise Team reserve the right to stipulate further limitations in the selection of this gift card in order to facilitate a decision.


For entry into the draw you must:

  1. Have completed the survey to a substantial level which will be of help to The Enterprise Team. The standard of entries will be determined by members of the The Enterprise Team.
  2. Have completed the survey by midnight on the 19/08/18.
  3. Have attended Enterprise Team activities at Lancaster University over the 2017-18 academic year, The Enterprise Team will verify each entry against records.
  4. Participants are limited to one entry per person.
  5. Must provide your name and email address, meaning that the completion of this survey will not be anonymous.

Pitch@Palace 10.0

Applications open

Founded by the Duke of York in 2014, Pitch@Palace aims to support and connect entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses with potential supporters including CEOs, influencers, panels, mentors and business partners. There will be three regional events across the country and winners from each will be invited to a bootcamp, with the final taking place in November.

To find out more and apply, please visit the Pitch@Palace website.

If you are interested in applying, please also let us know so that we can help to support your application.

Apply for the eBay Doers Scheme

Brilliant business idea which could work on eBay?

The Guardian Labs and eBay are looking for 15 individuals or teams of two with an exciting new idea or one which is already in development to join their new eBay Doers scheme.

The chosen entrepreneurs will receive 10 weeks of mentorship from a leading industry expert and £500 PayPal credit to help build their business, a photoshoot for their product and additional support and promotion on eBay worth over £200.

To find out more and apply, please visit The Guardian’s website.

Applications close: 17th July 

Teach creativity for the future

“Creativity will increasingly be the defining human talent”

I have read a few articles recently on the importance of creativity for the future of the economy and workforce and how we need to design an education that fits future needs.

With increasing levels of mechanisation associated with advances in technology, a number of jobs are at risk of automation, even jobs such as coding will likely soon be quicker done by machines. As a result, greater emphasis is being placed on developing creativity within today’s children as this is something which machines won’t be able to do. So, whilst we should embrace and take advantage of the incredible capabilities of technology, we should also be working to strengthen our uniquely human qualities.

Two articles which discuss this topic in more depth include:


Varsity Pitch 2018

Win £10,000 for your business

Varsity Pitch 2018  hosted by NACUE and Tata is on the hunt for the best student and graduate business ideas across the UK. The competition involves three stages including a public vote, bootcamp and grand final. Up for grabs is a £10,000 equity free cash prize, a chance to practice your pitching and opportunity for networking.

The competition is open to any current students at a UK university or college or anyone who has graduated after 2013. There are a number of different categories which can be entered – to find our more and apply visit the NACUE website.