Embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship across the whole student university population

University incubators are proven to be a great way to transfer knowledge between Higher Education Institutions and small firms. They are effective at connecting  student entrepreneurs with experienced businesses, who may provide mentoring or advice for students wanting to start or grow their business. Incubators are also helping aspiring entrepreneurs by facilitating connections, providing knowledge transfer and helping to shape innovative ideas into reality.

The workshop will explore how synergies can be created between research, teaching and public engagement to support businesses, including charities and social enterprises, and to inspire students to engage with them.

We will look at incubator models at some of the SBC schools, the selection processes they have developed to create a pipeline of student. The session will discuss the challenges in linking the incubator facility to academic programmes and especially to entrepreneurship students. It will also suggest possible solutions to overcome such challenges.

Speakers will discuss the importance of collaboration between university stakeholders, local authorities and businesses to create graduate employment in the local region, and the role of the incubator space in achieving this. Leeds Business School and Wakefield Council will be sharing a case study of their collaboration on one such project.

The event will provide delegates with a platform to share examples, discuss case studies and network with peers.

Participants will gain an insight into:

  • Different incubator models for supporting student entrepreneurs and small firms
  • Collaboration between university stakeholders, local authorities and small firms to generate graduate employment.
  • Engaging with charities and social enterprises to support their growth.
  • The role  of business schools in building connections with local businesses.

09:20    Registrations and refreshments

09:50    Welcome and introductions

Dr Matthew Higgins, Associate Professor in Marketing and Consumption, University of Leicester

Julie Holland, Lecturer, Loughborough University

10:00   The evolution of enterprise and entrepreneurial education

Ana Avaliani, Head of Enterprise, Royal Academy of Engineering

Dr Inge Hill, Senior Lecturer Business Strategy, Coventry University, SFHEA, Fellow Enterprise Educators UK

Professor Andy Penaluna, Director, International Institute for Creative Entrepreneurial Development, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Dr Sukanlaya Sawang, Associate Professor in Small Business, Innovation and Well Being, University of Leicester School of Business

11:20    Break

11.40    Enterprise Education in action: nuances across disciplines

Professor Karen Burland, Head of the School of Music, University of Leeds

Dr Andrew Goodman, Senior Lecturer in Design, Bangor University

Dr Charles King, Entrepreneur in Residence, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Oxford Brookes University

13:00    Lunch

13:50    Making enterprise education sustainable and reliable

Jerry Allen, Director of Entrepreneurship, UCL Innovation and Enterprise

Professor Gurpreet Jagpal, Director of the Aldridge Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Business and Law, UWE

15:10    Refreshments and networking

15:30    Workshop wrap-up: Embedding enterprise and entrepreneurship across the University

Dr Matthew Higgins

16:00    Close


This workshop will take place at

Digital Kiln, Mellor Building
Staffordshire University
Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Leek Road

If you have any questions about this workshop please email Oliver at oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org