Speakers announced for March edition of
Three simultaneous events. Nine alumni storytellers. Which tale is going to inspire you to make things happen? Open to all students, whether you’re an undergraduate, masters or PhD, and regardless of your college.
Startup Stories is back and next Thursday, 17th March from 6.15pm, you have the chance to hear from Lancaster alumni who have made the transition from nine-to-fivers to successful entrepreneur and master of their own career paths. Whether you’re a 90s music fan (Placebo anyone?), an aspiring fitness freelancer, have a passion for fashion or are a future Mark Zuckerberg, this is an event for you.
This is open house for all students and powered by the County, Bowland and Furness. Any student from any college can attend – just pick the college with the alumni stories that interests you most. There’s free food for advance bookings and certificates will be provided for the Lancaster Award for all Target Connect registrations who sign in on the evening. Following Start up Stories, each College is holding their own Social in their JCR – check their Facebook pages for full details.
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Here’s the line up; take a look, work out who you’d like to meet, and book your place via the links provided. You don’t need to be a college member, just sign up!
Bowland College will be hosting:
Ian Nelson, Adlib
PhD Biological Science, 1993
Do you want a career in the music industry or sound engineering? Former Lancaster student Ian Nelson has toured the world with English alternative rock band Placebo and in his current role continues to work with the most respected names in the music industry including Ed Sheeran, David Guetta and Ellie Goulding. Find out how his passions have helped him to enjoy a successful career in music, whilst studying for a PhD in Biological Science… not your typical career path!
Alex Phillips, APPS
BSc Psychology, 1991
Alex Phillips never wanted to be 9-5. He wanted the freedom to do his own thing and shape the future on his own terms. He jumped straight from graduation to setting up his own printing and promotion company here in Lancaster, APPS. From printing t-shirts 25 years ago, they continue to grow their brand and portfolio of products. We hear on the grapevine he’s a bit of a comedian too…
Jon Price, Complete Care Ltd
BA Hons Independent Studies, 1993
If you’re passionate about helping people and supporting them to live life to the full, you might be interested to hear what inspired Bowlander Jon Price to start his company, Complete Care, one of the UK’s largest online healthcare retailers. A former President of the Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, Jon also has 10 years experience of running an online marketing agency; his is a story which will be full of learning and inspiration for students wanting a career in helping others, as well as the marketing industry.
Book your place at Bowland here.
County College will be hosting:
James Howard, Go Burrito
BA Hons Philosophy, 1997
If you’re a fan of Go Burrito (and let’s face it who isn’t?!) you don’t want to miss James Howard and his burrito business partner (and former Fylde student). They’ll share their recipe for success and how they built their local brand and Lancaster’s first burrito restaurant; hear their philosophy and where the business will go in the future. Take a sneak peek at their story here.
BA Hons Management and Entrepreneurship, tbc
The startup story Tom Young will share is a tale all entrepreneurial students can learn from. If you’re a subscriber to our newsletter, you’ll have read about Tom and his trip to Silicon Valley, as well as his admission on to the accelerator scheme, Ignite100 in October last year. Tom was dabbling in the business world long before his University days and as a qualified IT engineer, web developer and multiple business owner, he’ll have real insights into what it’s like to be a student AND a successful entrepreneur. You might even get to hear about Repairly’s latest exciting news… (hint: it involves Richard Branson, Virgin Media and a private jet in San Francisco…)
Damian Gray, The Bizarre
BA Hons Theatre Studies, 2014
If you haven’t spotted the potential of the Alexandra Square weekly farmers market as a place to bring your ideas to life, come and take a lesson from County College’s Damian Gray. He launched a successful clothing business during his second year of University and now owns and runs ‘The Bizarre’ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter where he stocks 10 independent brands as well as his own t-shirts.
Book your place at County here
Furness College will be hosting:
Guy McEvoy, GuyKat Solutions Ltd
LL.M International Law & International Relations, 1997
Former Furness JCR President Guy McEvoy began his early adventures as a freelance nightclub promoter in Morecambe, a job which helped him to pay for his Masters degree. Now the CEO of GuyKat Solutions Ltd, Guy’s business services clients across 50 countries and employs recent graduates… could you be the next?
Lucy James, Quarsh
BA Hons Modern Languages, 1998
If HR and recruitment is your thing, or if you want the chance to meet someone who recruits across a number of sectors then Furness college alumna Lucy James is someone worth hearing from. Lucy will share how 15 years of experience and a deep understanding of the recruitment industry enabled her to start her own fast growing recruitment company, Quarsh.
Helen Loftus, Critical Transition
BSc Hons Physics, 2003
Despite her degree in Physics, a passion for sport, fitness and personal training led Helen Loftus to start up her own hugely successful personal training business with contracts with every major fitness operator in Leeds, as well as being the strength and conditioning coach for Leeds City Swim Team. If, like Helen, you have a keen interest in the health and fitness industry why not seek her advice on how to develop your passion into a business?
Book your place at Furness here
We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions regarding Startup Stories please get in touch. Although these are college based activities, students from other colleges are free to attend this round of storytelling events.. the more the merrier!