Startup Stories 19th November – Programme announced


‘Start up Stories’ –  Entertainment, wisdom and valuable career insights for all and a drink in the bar with Lancaster University Alumni – Thursday 19th November 2015

Book now on Target Connect to secure your place.

 ‘Almost a quarter of UK students are starting a business whilst at university, generating a turnover of around £44M a year.’ (Santander 2014)

Are you still exploring career options and sectors, or you have ever wondered what it takes to be or work with an entrepreneur?

Curious..? Then join us for this storytelling event with our very own alumni who will share the highs, lows and lessons learned on their own entrepreneurial journeys; transitions from blue chip careers to starting their own businesses, making a life and a living from their research, or simply fulfilling their purpose by doing something to make positive change for people.

You’ll hear it from the heart from people who are doing what they love and loving what they do:

Winner of the Women in Business Award 2015

BA Hons English Literature

Pendle College

Founder of an Oxfordshire based Award Winning Digital Design Agency

BA Hons Art, Design and Marketing

Fylde College

An Aids Charity founder whose strategies once saw him rise £12M in 12 weeks

MA Marketing

Fylde College

Creator of a widely-cited, award-winning framework for decision making,

who earned notoriety as a student as one of the ‘Lancaster 25’ in the 1975 occupation and legal case

BA Hons Philosophy 1975

County College

As a potential employee, manager or entrepreneur, you really can’t fail to learn something valuable and you might meet a future employer, a mentor or simply expand your networks.

Stories will be told to the magic of live illustration and we’ll all be heading to the pub afterwards for a social. You may meet a potential employer a mentor, or simply increase your network on LinkedIn.

Book now on Target Connect to secure your place.  Search for ‘Startup Stories (MIH)’

Still need convincing? Watch this film here made by a first year sudent.

This event is organised by The Enterprise Team thanks to funding from the Alumni  and Friends of the University.

BIG Breakfast Networking Event

The ‘Big Breakfast’ Networking Event


Wednesday, 04 February 2015 | 8.30am – 10.30am | Lancaster House Hotel, Ellel, Lancaster, LA1 4GJ

Join the masses at this exclusive ‘Big Breakfast’ Networking Event and engage with a whole host of businesses from across the district.

This informal breakfast event is a perfect opportunity to make valuable connections with other business professionals, shout out about your business and inspire others.

Aaron Crewe, Managing Director of SEO 24/7 will be speaking about why it’s “Good practice to share business connections”, as well as encouraging people to engage with each other.
All attendees have the opportunity to bring along a banner to further promote their business.
Book today and be part of something BIG – it could be the perfect opportunity to grow your business!

Click here to book

Start-Up Stories

Start-Up Stories

Thursday 20th Nov, 7pm-9pm, LUMS Careers Zone


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Start-Up Stories is a story-telling event, and the stories will be told by Alumni who have started businesses, describing their journeys, the pitfalls, the highlights, what they’ve learned and things to avoid.  To bring these stories to life, we are bringing in some Live Illustrators.  In case that’s not something you’ve heard of, here’s a great example from the RSA/Animate series.  I’m no artist, so to me this stuff is magic, but maybe I’m just easily entertained.

Anyway, it’s going to be very informal, with wine and nibbles, and a great chance to meet people with experience to share.  Who knows, you might meet a potential mentor, business partner or just generally useful connection for your own journey.

Registration for the event is via TARGETconnect but we won’t turn anyone away.  Oh, and the Enterprise Social starts immediately afterwards in Bowland Bar, so you can carry on your conversations in more informal surroundings.

Thank you for your time; I hope to see you tomorrow.

Very best regards, on behalf of the Enterprise Partners

Simon Harrison
Enterprise Champion Project Manager

Make social media work for you


Amid the mass of social networking sites and tools, how do you know where to start?

Whether you want to use social media to build relationships with customers or connect with other people in your sector, it’s worth taking an approach that ensures you pick the right tools and get the most out of them.  Simply diving into something like Twitter, for example, without being clear what you want from it is likely to result in wasted time and a feeling that social media is pointless.

But it isn’t – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the like can be very useful promotional and relationship-building tools for your business and you can find out just how useful by booking on to:

Social Media for Enterprise at Lancaster University on Tuesday 18th November 2pm – 3pm.

Join Dan Knowles, Lancaster University Unite with Business Project Manager, a Careers and Employability Coach and Business Blogger in this new workshop which provides a tour of just some of the tools available on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The session will show you how anyone can use  these tools to connect with an audience of potential customers.

Booking via Target connect.

Further reading on getting started with social media at The Marketing Donut – Resources for your Business


Get Connected schedule for week now live!

One week could change your career perspectives forever!

Get Connected: Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014


Making things happen is so much easier when you’re CONNECTED

If you want to get connected to other people who also want to make things happen, come along to any of the events during Global Entrepreneurship Week and see who you can meet.

Throughout the week you will be able to connect with people:

  • who can connect you to every bit of enterprise and innovation support on campus and beyond (watch this space)
  • from your college to find a winning business solution (more)
  • who can help you get the most from your Lancaster Award (more)
  • who can show you how to earn while you learn as a Freelancer (more)
  • who’ve learned from failure and moved forward stronger than ever (more)
  • who are looking to involve others and achieve more (more)
  • who make social media work for their project or business (more)
  • who want to work in the creative sector (more)
  • who know how to run a business on campus (more)
  • who can help you find office space on campus (more)
  • who can get your hands on technology for innovation (more)
  • to create and develop ideas for business and social enterprise (more)
  • who can provide work experience opportunities while you study (more)
  • who can share their experience through mentoring (more)
  • who will help you let your hair down (more)
  • who can refine your creative problem-solving skills (more )
  • who can help you turn your idea into a business or social enterprise (more)
  • and form a team to face the challenge of Google Start Up Weekend (more)

GEW Timetable (RGB)

Click thumbnail above to view full schedule, or click here to download PDF (2MB).

Registration via TARGETconnect (follow links above).

To find all events for the whole week, search for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 in Event Type on TARGETconnect.

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Google Start Up Weekend

Google article

Lancaster is delighted to host the first Google Start-Up Weekend as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

The event will run from 21st to 23rd November.


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