With young people demonstrating a growing interest in entrepreneurship, Aldermore explores the services offered by six of the nation’s university enterprise societies to support their aspirations.
Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club
Founded in 2003, Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC) aims to inspire students to create innovative science-led businesses. The society is best known for its annual Technology Ventures Conference, one of the largest student-run conferences in the world which provides students with an opportunity to network with business leaders from across the globe.
Alongside playing home to a start-up incubator Warwick University’s Entrepreneurs society hosts a yearly ‘Apprentice’ week challenging students to a series of teamwork-based challenges and a pitching contest with £1000 up for grabs for the best business idea.
As part of the London School of Economic’s extensive careers services, LSE Generate provides students with everything they will need to chase their entrepreneurial dreams, from start-up boot camps, to legal advice clinics and coding workshops.
The Enterprise Team at Huddersfield University
Recognised by the Lord Young Review for Enterprise Education, Huddersfield University strives to instil an entrepreneurial focus into all its research and teaching, as one of its six key aims for 2015-18. The University offers one to one or group support sessions for student business owners and has already signed up over 130 students to use its two-year old Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre.
University College London’s Advances service focuses on four core pillars to support students no matter what stage they have reached with their business goals: learn, start, grow and connect. The program also coordinates a series of ‘Citrus Saturday’ sessions to encourage school-age pupils to consider a career as their own boss by challenging teams to run a lemonade stand for a day.
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