GUEST BLOG: Fraser Williams on his first month of Ignite100

“Screw your idea” and other lessons from month #1 in Ignite 100ignite-1002

Fraser Williams and Tom Young, both current LU students, are taking part in Europe’s top pre-seed accelerator programme, Ignite 100, in Newcastle.

Fraser says:

Today marks the end of our first month in Ignite100, Europe’s top pre-seed accelerator program. We were unbelievably fortunate to be picked for the September 2015 cohort, whittled down from around 400 startups (don’t quote me).

What are you building? We’re (currently – it will change) building, which is Reddit for essay sources. We’re trying to save students time by giving them resources that other people have used for that particular essay, as a starting place for research. We care about giving people access to the most relevant knowledge as fast as possible.

We’ve learnt a shed load of stuff. We achieved this learning through reading about it then failing at it. I want to share five of our lessons:

  • Screw your idea
  • Why build it without validating there a problem?
  • Everyone is lying :’(
  • Spot trends, not birds. 
  • Test…

Read more here.

Tom and Fraser: Back from San Francisco

Silicon Valley is the place to be for tech start ups


In April 2015,  LU students Tom Young and Fraser Williams, went on a trip of a lifetime to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Meetings with venture capitalists, visits to Google and Stanford University, and even breakfast outside Twitter, the pair made the most of their fantastic opportunity in the Californian city and are willing to share their experience and advice on pitching, networking and entrepreneurship.

Tom and Fraser’s trip was sponsored by several groups who they wish to thank:

“Our trip was funded through four sources, which we’d like to extend our highest gratitude to. Santander Universities, Lancaster University Enterprise Centre, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development – thank you!”

To read about what the pair got up to in San Francisco and what they learnt on the way, access Fraser’s blog here.

LUMS students on trade mission to Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurial students off to San Francisco to meet potential venture capitalists in Silicon Valley


Thomas Young and Fraser Williams, students in the LU Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, will be jetting off to San Francisco on Tuesday (21st April) to meet with venture capitalists and tech start-ups in Silicon Valley.

Thomas, a 1st year BA Hons Management and Entrepreneurship student, and Fraser, currently in 2nd year of BA Hons Entrepreneurship (with Management) studies, will be networking with pioneers in the technology industry and have the opportunity to pitch their business plans to potential investors. On Friday, the pair will also be attending an MBA class at the famous Stanford University Business School to end their four day trip.

This is a fantastic opportunity and we wish them every success and look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return- stay tuned for further information about their trip and potential master classes and workshops!

Follow Thomas and Fraser on Twitter for updates throughout their US journey:




Thomas and Fraser’s trip is sponsored by Lancaster University, Lancashire County Council and Santander Universities.