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Business Start up @ Leeds Met

Institute for Enterprise

Martyn Robertson

enterprise is top of the government s agenda
Enterprise is top of the Government’s Agenda

“The current government has made much play of the need to make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a business and we have recognised that enterprise and entrepreneurship is a vital contributor to the health of the economy.”

(Dti 2004)

government action plan
Government Action Plan
  • Build an Enterprise Culture
  • Encourage a dynamic start up market
  • Build capability for growth
  • Improve access to finance
  • Encourage disadvantaged groups
  • Improve SMEs experience of government
  • Develop better regulation and policy
regional aims
Regional Aims
  • Increase Enterprise
  • Improve Competitiveness
  • Improve work-force skill levels
  • Promote inclusion, BMEs, gender, social and community enterprise and engagement

Yorkshire Forward’s strategy is to achieve its vision to be world class, prosperous, self-reliant and sustainable with empowered partnerships and communities, a culture of enterprise and creativity, ladders of opportunity for all and a strong, positive identity.

why graduate enterprise why @ leeds met
Why Graduate Enterprise?Why @ Leeds Met ?
  • Leeds Met: Regional University
    • 52% female : 48% male
    • 58% part time : 42% full time
    • 4% already self employed
    • 30% from family owned business backgrounds

Data: 2005-2006

why graduate enterprise national drivers
Why Graduate Enterprise? National Drivers:
  • Changes in HEI sector
    • Enterprise in Higher Education 1980s
    • Dearing 1997
    • Lambert 2003
    • UK SEC ’99 –
    • Non SEC – such as YF Business Start-Up
    • National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship 2004 -
why is enterprise important in he
Why is enterprise important in HE?
  • Progression and achievement
      • Redefine and improve skills for learning
  • Enhance employability
      • Self employment, business start up, employment
  • Curriculum enhancement
      • Changing the approach to learning and teaching
  • Recruitment
  • Commercial opportunities
      • Spin-offs from research, patents and licensing
  • Changing culture and aspirations
      • National, regional, sub-regional, institutional
      • Individual mindset and attitude
business start up @ leeds met
Business Start-UP @ Leeds Met…


  • to encourage enterprising activity and to assist students & graduates who wish to start their own business;
  • to provide a beneficial / complimentary addition to the 'student experience'


informing, educating and providing support services to would-be entrepreneurs at Leeds Metropolitan University

Provides opportunities for the application of learning

cgey centre for graduate entrepreneurship in yorkshire
CGEY – Centre for Graduate Entrepreneurship in Yorkshire
  • Proof of Concept Fund
  • Mentors Network
  • Membership of a hub website offering information and online assistance
  • Business Support
  • Research
  • Seamless Conveyor Belt from idea through incubation to sustainable growth businesses
the offering for your students please promote our services where you think appropriate

The Offering for your studentsPlease promote our services where you think appropriate

Awareness raising sessions - 'Business Start-Up / Self employment as a viable career option‘

One-to-One Meeting to assess individual’s needs

Offer of ‘Knowledge Workshops’ - 6 complimentary or ‘stand alone’ offerings – addressing what you need to get you started; each supported by interactive work sheets

Dates can be found on the website - www.business-start-up.biz

on going activities supporting materials
On-going activities / supporting materials

Proof of Concept Fund

– financial assistance (of up to £1000) to establish the feasibility of student & graduate business ideas

Eligible costs could include:

  • market assessment;
  • promotional activities;
  • materials and equipment (evidence of need must be demonstrated);
  • prototype development (service or tangible);
  • mentoring, professional or other development services;
  • other costs, such as travel and subsistence (justification is required and applicants must demonstrate that these costs are directly linked to the commercial objectives of the project).

See www.business-start-up.bizfor more details

centre of excellence in teaching and learning for enterprise
Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Enterprise

HEFCE Award : 2005

Rewards excellent teaching practice

HEFCE investment in practice to further increase and deepen its impact across the widest teaching and learning community.

Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’ are intended to influence a forward-looking and dynamic engagement and delivery to staff, students and all its community.
  • “CETLs will recognise, celebrate and promote excellence”
  • “vibrant, dynamic entities with a visible presence in their institution, engaging directly and purposively with student learning”.
leeds met centres
Leeds Met Centres
  • Innovation North: CETL “ALiC” (Durham)
    • Active Learning in Computing
  • Health: CETL “ALP” (Uni of Leeds)
    • assessing student learning in practice settings
  • Leeds Met: “The Institute for Enterprise”
    • Transforming Enterprise Education
  • CETL: IDEAS (ethics ) (Univ of Leeds)
institute for enterprise s mission
Institute for Enterprise’s Mission

To make Leeds Metropolitan University the first choice for students seeking enterprise teaching and learning across the whole range of academic disciplines offered.

transforming teaching and learning
Transforming Teaching and Learning
  • Capacity:
    • Enterprise Café: resources and interaction
      • Showcase
    • Faculty Pioneers
      • Engage / staff development
    • Enterprise Fellows
      • Evaluation and Scholarly Research projects
    • Curriculum Development
      • Faculty Development (3 plus 1 a year)
enterprise in the curriculum
Enterprise in the curriculum
  • Enterprise is an inclusive concept
  • the context in which subject disciplines can be explored - a challenging environment
  • an approach, through skill development, which can be taken to the exploration and discovery of a discipline.
      • skills of “being enterprising  
      • corporate perspective (as “intrapreneurship”)
      • Creation of new ventures, social programmes and the exploration of new opportunities
transforming teaching and learning1
Transforming Teaching and Learning
  • Scholarly Activity
    • Evaluation
    • Research
  • National Agenda
    • Quality; assessment
  • Staff Development / Learning
    • Conferences
    • Master classes
curriculum developments
Curriculum Developments
  • Enterprise embedded across the Uni
  • FD in Enterprise
  • Masters in Enterprise
  • Master classes
  • Staff development
  • Student awards
  • Integrated learning
enterprise @ leeds met concepts philosophy presence
Enterprise @ Leeds Met:concepts, philosophy & presence
  • Headingley – Pre incubation, idea generation and formulation, R & D
  • Harrogate – Testing Feasibility, Product Launches, Professional Meetings,
  • Old Broadcasting House – Showcase for talent, events, exhibitions for all our communities
  • AVIT, wireless, intra-connected, relaxed
institute for enterprise
Institute for Enterprise

Visit us at: www.leedsmet.ac.uk/enterprise


Contact us: enterprise@leedsmet.ac.uk