My Enterprising Week 6- Welcome Back to School.

Having recharged the batteries over the summer, next week sees the start of a new academic year in most UK Universities.

I have had the pleasure to work with academics over the summer planning and preparing for another busy year of Young Enterprise Start Up Programme, and ill directly be supporting ten Universities over the coming nine months. This will culminate in one start up student business travelling to Athens to attend the European Enterprise Challenge 2020, and I cannot wait for this.

Its set to be an incredibly busy period but one which I am really looking forward to. One University that I am hoping to begin work with in the coming months is the brand-new University Academy 92, inspired by the Manchester United Class of 92 footballers. I had the pleasure of a tour this week and what an impressive venue, the facilities look fantastic, sadly I never got to meet the ex-captain of my football team Phil Neville, maybe later in the year!

The summer has been a busy period with me continuing to slowly but surely make pace with my master’s degree from Edinburgh Napier University, the summer saw me successfully complete the Leadership, Strategy and Innovation module so I am now living all things ‘emotional intelligence’! The next module is Business, Economics and Finance in a Global Economy so if macroeconomics is your thing please do shout up, I need the help.

Some interesting topics that I have spotted over the summer included a powerful report from the Education and Employers charity, highlighting the importance, and importantly defining what is meant by ‘meaningful encounters’ when discussing the young peoples encounters with the world of work. You can view the full report here, I found it interesting to try and gage the impact the programme I run is making on maximising the encounters which I try to provide students with. I think its always useful to continually self-evaluate your own work and impact.

You will know that I enjoy podcasts and I recently found one which I think you may like to listen to. It comes from a colleague I have worked with many times over several years from Liverpool John Moores University, Emma Robinson. It’s an enjoyable listen of the journey of LJMU’s ‘Centre for Entrepreneurship’ history, one, which in our own small way I like to think we assisted many years ago. Take a listen, it’s a fascinating 20-minute talk.

Some other interesting posts and articles that I have enjoyed over the summer include:

Finding Founder Fit- A blog post from Dave Jarman, an academic from Bristol University who has written an interesting piece about how founders of new business can often find themselves, following business pivots feeling they may no longer the best person to run the company they founded.

This I found interesting and it could be something you would like to read. It’s an expression that I have heard before, once the business (often through necessity) changes its position from its original conception the founder finds themselves questioning their future position. You can find the link here.

Dave, who I don’t know but follow on Twitter also tweeted from the recent #IEEC2019 something I really liked, I’ll leave it without comment but look below and let me know your thoughts. Let’s just say I think he has a point.

Entrepreneur Aimee Bateman produced an article I enjoyed reading ‘From Fundraising to Friendships’. If you are a would be founder, this is a great article to read. It talks about raising investment, losing friends and how founding isn’t always the best way to get rich. An honest and interesting read I would recommend to any student or potential founder looking to begin their entrepreneurial journey. You can find the link here.

Finally, best of luck to a fantastic student that I worked with during the last academic year- Shankar Jolata from Manchester Met University. Shankar was awarded Young Enterprise Start Up Student of the Year in 2019 and has now been shortlisted for IOEE Enterprising Learner of the Year hosted by the House of Lords on October 3rd. Best of luck Shankar, you deserve this!

Thanks for the support and keep up to date with my Enterprising journey throughout 2019/20.