Sustainable entrepreneurship as a laboratory for social change?

Sustainability Seminar

As part of the Sustainability Responsibility Plus Network’s seminar series, Agata Dembek (Department of Organisation, Work & Technology | LUMS | Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces | Kozminski University)  will be presenting her research project 12-1:30pm on Thursday the 2nd of November in Charles Carter C37/40. Agata’s research aims to describe and understand sustainability-orientated practices and patterns within organisations, without imposing triple-bottom line scheme of analysis.

If you are interested in attending the seminar please email Dermot O’Reilly to confirm attendance. You can read more about the Network online here.

£10,000 Funding to help the environment

Do you have a digital solution to an environmental problem?

Are you aged between 17 and 25? Do you have an idea that could help the environment through digital technology, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste or increasing recycling?

If so, this is your chance to apply for up to £10,000 of funding from Environment Now to help make that idea into a reality!

This exciting opportunity from O2’s Think Big will not only provide successful applicants with the money, but also support from the Environment Now team, their own professional mentor and other sustainability partners and industry professionals.

Current applications are open until the 8th of September, however this will be followed by another round of applications, open until October the 27th.

To find out more, watch the video below and visit the Think Big website, where you can also read about previously funded projects.

Building Sustainable Businesses

Insights into building a sustainable business with Tony Henshaw (CSO Aditya Birla Group)

In this interactive session, Tony Henshaw, a Senior Executive at Aditya Birla Group, will share:

  • His insights on building sustainable businesses.
  • The risks and opportunities companies face.
  • A new view of what sustainability means for business leaders.
  • A three-step business model.

The Aditya Birla Group is an Indian company leading the way on sustainable business models. A global conglomerate with revenues of $42 billion and 120,000 employees in 34 countries, it produces (amongst other items) aluminum, copper, cement, fertiliser and textiles.

Since Tony joined in 2013 he has helped to formalise and integrate the principles and standards required to develop and enhance the company’s sustainable business. To learn more and have the opportunity to question and challenge the Aditya Birla Gorup in this area, why not come along to this session – Tony is very keen to hear people’s views on the topic.

When? Friday 23rd June, 11am-12pm

Where? Management School Lecture Theatre 3

Places are limited, to secure your space email: for more information click here. 


College Sustainability Challenge

Win £750 to make Lancaster University campus more sustainable!

Take part in this year’s nine college sustainability challenge!

The competition will involve students developing and presenting innovative ideas in response to challenges set by the University. The idea which is considered to be best researched, most innovative and most actionable by the esteemed panel of judges will win a £750 prize, with runners up receiving £250.

This is your chance to:

  • Help Lancaster University become more environmentally sustainable.
  • Work across disciplines with others in your college.
  • Win funding to make your idea happen.
  • Gain experience that will give you new skills and help impress future employers.

Teams will receive the support of a coach and will be introduced to experts relevant to their idea from across campus. The competition will culminate in week 9 when ideas will be pitched to a panel of experts.

If you would be interested in being a member of your college’s team or would like more information please contact Joe Bourne in LUSU. Applications are encouraged from all faculties and levels of experience.

We survived the (Social) Storm!

‘You’ll learn things you never expected to learn. Fantastic experience.’

‘Great chance to demonstrate to employers that you can innovate’

‘Give it a go if you have the opportunity’

Social Storm International 11th-12th November 2016

It all started on the weekend of the 11th of November, when nine students took part in Social Storm International – a global 24 hour social innovation hackathon. Students were placed into international teams alongside students from Lancaster’s partner universities in India and Ghana.

Overcoming the barriers associated with remote communication, each team came up with an innovative solution to one of the global problems of food security or sustainable housing, producing a final video pitch. This is the first time that Lancaster has taken part in such an event and we were very impressed with the result and would like to thank the students for their energy and hard work.

However, the hackathons didn’t end there…

Social Storm Lancaster 18th-19th November 2016

The following weekend saw us bring Social Storm to Lancaster, carrying the same problems forward, 20 Lancaster students took on the same challenge in more localised teams.

All three of the final pitches were fantastic and engaging; to have produced what they did within in just 24 hours, having only just met each other was an impressive feat. Thank you to the student teams for putting so much energy and grit into Social Storm, and to the mentors, judges and volunteers who gave their time to support the event.

Special congratulations to the winning team, Social Stormtroopers – bring on the edible insects!

We captured some of the students’ feelings straight after the event:

Photos from the weekend can be found on the U Social Venture Facebook page. Below are just a few of our favourites:

The Enterprise Team look forward to helping everyone to progress their solutions towards social impact in the weekly IdeasLabs in the Learning Zone.


Green Alley Award 2016

Apply now and  help build a sustainable future for Europe

The Green Alley Award is Europe’s only award for entrepreneurs and start-ups working in the circular economy. Green Alley and crowd funding platform Seedmatch are looking for green entrepreneurs with ideas for a sustainable economy and new ways of looking at waste as a resource. Online application is quick and easy, accepting both classic pitch decks and creative videos. The guidelines explain which contents start-ups can use to convince the jury and secure a place in the final.

There is a prize package including cash and services worth up to 30,000 euros and start-ups will also benefit from a wealth network contacts and advice from experts in the field.

Application deadline: 27th July 2016

Click here to find out more and apply.

If you are considering applying please contact the Enterprise Team and let us know.

Edible Campus Cook-Off

Calling all budding chefs!

Do you fancy yourself as a student version of Jamie Oliver? Then sign yourself and a team of your choosing up for the LUSU Edible Campus Cook-Off!

This exciting event hosted by LUSU Edible Campus Enterprise gives you the chance to compete and show off your cooking skills in Alex Square on the 9th of June. You will be given a list of ingredients to get started and a £100 budget to buy any special ingredients and everything you will need to make the best dish possible!

On the day of the competition, your dish will be judged by the University executive chef, as well as a representative form the Union’s Enterprise and Innovation team on the following criteria: most sustainable, most quirky, most appropriate for a food business and highest quality overall.

There’ll be a prize for the overall winning team, as well as a range of prizes for teams that excel within specific criteria. The prize range includes cash prizes, as well as luxury Fairtrade food hampers and Fairtrade alcohol.

For further details on the rules of the competition as well as a list of ingredients available from the Eco Hub, see the event page. To register a team click here.


EVENT: How can companies be a force for good?

How can companies be a force for good? Wednesday 18th November, 6pm-7.30pm

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Dr Rodney Irwin of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) will be speaking at the public lecture event at Lancaster University on Wednesday 18th November 2015.

Is it possible for businesses to make a profit and still do the right thing? How do we ensure growth today without damaging tomorrow? If you’re interested in sustainability, business and ethics don’t miss this free event.

Register for the event here. Please note registration closes on 19th October 2015.

For more information about this event, please contact Nikki Ronan.