BGU Enterprise Club, run by the BG Futures, Careers, Employability and Enterprise team recently ran a series of events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW); an international initiative which spans 170 countries, and inspires millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity.
The week started with the ‘be enterprising boot camp’ where students discovered what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Sessions on how to join The Lincoln Teenage Market, become self-employed, and how to build your professional profile followed along with a talk from Rachel Linstead of Firecracker, a BG Futures based business, who shared her start-up story. On the final day individuals had the opportunity to pitch for free office space to start their own business in BG Futures Business and Enterprise Centre.
Becky Goodman, Enterprise Development Manager at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) expressed her hope that the GEW activities would encourage more students to begin their entrepreneurial adventures:
“It was great to see learners from a variety of our courses engage with the enterprise offer we are developing here at BGU.
“We currently have two Masters Students in residence with us in BG Futures developing their business idea into an effective plan, and we are looking forward to welcoming another undergraduate into our enterprise centre in the New Year who secured a free place with us through the GEW initiative.
“I am looking forward to helping more of our students take steps towards self-employment as we continue to develop the enterprise offer at BGU”
All BGU students have access to free enterprise and business start guidance, access to free hot desking and a virtual office in BG Futures Business and Enterprise Centre, in addition to networking and volunteering opportunities with a wide variety of local organisations.
There is also an opportunity to secure enterprise grants to aid self-employment and business start via the BGU enterprise club.
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