Running a business incubator and accelerator space

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 entrepreneurs. 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.

Speakers include

Dr George Lodorfos
Dean, Leeds Business School

Simon Baldwin
Head of Enterprise and Operations, Leeds Business School

Workshop Chair: Dr David Devins
Professor of Enterprise, Leeds Business School

Professor David Douglas
Professor of Business and Management, Leeds Business School

Paul Henshaw
Founder and Director, Infinity Works

Dr Lyn Batchelor
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Edinburgh Napier University

Paul Hayes
Policy Manager, Wakefield Council

Dr Andreana Drencheva
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield

Nick Fannin
Head of Bright Red Triangle, Edinburgh Napier University

10:15Registration
10:30Dean's Welcome
Dr George Lodorfus
, Dean, Leeds Business
School
10:45Smart Engagement: Place, Economy & SMEs
Simon Baldwin
, Head of Enterprise and Operations, Leeds Business
School
11:30Inspiring and supporting social entrepreneurs: Beyond incubators
Dr Andreana Drencheva
, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of
Sheffield
12:15Lunch and networking
13:15Panel discussion- What role do university incubators and accelerators
play in the local small business eco-system

Professor David Douglas (Panel Chair), Professor of Business and
Management, Leeds Business School
Paul Henshaw, Founder and Director, Infinity Works
Faresh Maisuria, Founder, Blueberry Marketing Solutions
Paul Hayes, Policy Manager, Wakefield Council
Fran Parkinson, Enterprise and Innovation Hub Operations Manager,
Leeds Business School
Nicola Greenan, Director, East Street Arts
14:15Refreshments and networking
14:30Embedding entrepreneurship education and supporting start-ups inside
and outside the classroom
Nick Fannin, 
Head of Bright Red Triangle, Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Lyn Batchelor, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Edinburgh
Napier University
15:30Q and A, Reflections and Summary
Facilitated by Dr David Devins, Professor of Enterprise, Leeds Business
School
15:45Close

Denim Room 

Cloth Hall Court

Quebec Street

Leeds

LS1 2JZ

Directors and Head of Enterprise, Business Development departments, managers and university support staff working in the field of enterprise and entrepreneurship will benefit from attending this event. This programme will also appeal to some entrepreneurs.

One delegate: £180.

Two delegates: £315.

If you have any queries, please contact Meenal Datar:

Email: meenal.datar@charteredabs.org

Tel: 020 7634 9586