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University adopts Dragon’s tactics

Birmingham City University have responded to the recent surge in graduate entrepreneurial activity, by hosting a workshop to train students and tutors on how to capitalise on a profitable idea.

The Entrepreneurs and Education Challenge Workshop, set up by business guru and former Dragons Den star Doug Richards, will be held at Birmingham City University on Tuesday 19 November. 

The number of graduates registering as freelancers or micro-business owners has more than doubled in the last year, according to the popular freelancer website PeoplePerHour. According to the site the relatively low cost of starting a business from scratch coupled with the advancements in mobile and online technology have made it much easier to start and run businesses from anywhere.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder and CEO of PeoplePerHour said; “The internet has given the small business owner of today access to a global marketplace of opportunities and expertise. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking, and we expect to see more graduates, encouraged by seeing more and more of their peers starting business ventures, choosing to work for themselves, rather than fighting each other for existing vacancies.”

The free two-hour Entrepreneurs and Education Challenge Workshop will aim to provide students with the motivation and skills to start a business, tips on how to turn research into profitable ideas, securing funding and advice on how to find a job. 

Guest speaker Paul Sturrock will be sharing his 25 years’ experience in managing, investing in, and advising high technology growth companies and start-ups from across the world. Paul founded Slingshot Venture Development in 2001 to help companies develop their entrepreneurial capacity. His clients have included NESTA Investments, Imperial Innovations, Boots, MIT Media Lab, the SETsquared Partnership and 3C Research.

The Entrepreneurs Education Programme is delivered by School for Startups, an organisation founded by Doug Richards, which creates education programmes, events and online support for budding entrepreneurs. In 2012, Doug was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education to conduct an independent review into the future of apprenticeships for the Government. More recently, Doug’s School for Startups has been named as a leading delivery partner for the Government’s Start Up loan scheme and has committed to help reach lending targets of £110m by April 2015.

The Entrepreneurs and Education Challenge Workshop, set up by business guru and former Dragons Den star Doug Richards, will be held at Birmingham City University on Tuesday 19 November. 

 

  • Date published: 31st October 2013
  • Written by: David Ruiz

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