Global Entrepreneurship Week UK 2009
University of Exeter Business School student, Harry Cott (BA Management with Leadership) and Amanuel Burhan, a Mathematics student, will be launching the first ever Exeter Entrepreneurs Society during Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people, taking place between 16th – 22nd November. Sir Bob Geldof, a serial entrepreneur himself, has agreed to be patron for an initial two year period.
The society has been established to encourage, promote and support innovative student enterprise from across the University and would-be entrepreneurs will be able to access seed capital funding from the Smart Solutions support package managed by the Innovation Centre and backed by HEFCE, the RDA and Exeter City Council.
Talking about his involvement with the society Sir Bob Geldof commented ‘The world’s a tough place for graduates right now and anything that helps them get started can only be a good thing. I wish the society every success.’
To raise awareness amongst students and contribute to student fundraising for local charities, the society is kicking off with an innovative competition - outRAGeous TRADERS. Participants will be provided with a memory stick which they will ‘trade’ for items of a greater value throughout the week. The winner will be the person with the highest value item at the end. All items will then be auctioned on-line and 80% of the proceeds donated to charity. The progress of Exeter’s outRAGeous TRADERS can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ExEntrepreneurs.
This is only one of the events that the University will be running over the course of the week. There are workshops, courses and networking opportunities and the chance to participate in a business game - all designed to help enterprising students gain the skills they will need to run their own business.
Date: 16 November 2009