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UNIPRENEUR CHALLENGE. Tony Shannon-Little 27 June 2012. WHAT & WHY?. scheme to promote and develop entrepreneurial skills for students, develop relationships with businesses in the region, boost enterprise and create potential employment opportunities.

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unipreneur challenge

UNIPRENEUR CHALLENGE

Tony Shannon-Little

27 June 2012

what why
WHAT & WHY?
  • scheme to promote and develop entrepreneurial skills for students, develop relationships with businesses in the region, boost enterprise and create potential employment opportunities.
  • Students identify and present to the business stakeholders a practicable way of adding value
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WHO?
  • Any volunteer LSSC students in groups of 3
  • 2 sets so far (Feb/Mar + June) – 15-18 in a set
  • Delivered by external consultant Gary Lennon (SPEED consultant) and associates.
  • Interested organisations, contacted by GL. e.g.
    • Talbots Solicitors
    • Beacon Centre for the Blind
    • Accord Housing Group
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HOW?
  • E-scan (competence, attitudes, thinking styles)
  • 5x 3 hour workshops
  • Contact with organisations (supported) 4 weeks.
  • Analysis of ways to add value
  • Presentation to organisation and feedback
  • Judging Panel event
  • Award Ceremony
  • Follow-up E-scan
what is in the workshops
WHAT IS IN THE WORKSHOPS?
  • Understanding your own entrepreneurial profile
  • Understanding the work environment and stakeholders: how to conduct analysis
  • Innovating – creativity plus realism to add value
  • Working in a team, under pressure
  • Presenting your proposition and reacting to feedback
how did students benefit
HOW DID STUDENTS BENEFIT?
  • “The Unipreneur Challenge is a brilliant platform helping me to build upon my strengths and develop new skills. Most importantly it has enabled me to network with like-minded people and build professional relationships with them. I am now more determined than ever to go after my dreams, and actually own my business.”

Katrina Calvin – Participating student

  • Real challenge – results-driven
  • Time-constrained
  • Showcasing talents
  • Developmental
how did cos react
HOW DID Cos REACT?
  • “I felt that they performed well on all levels and there is nothing that I could offer by way of constructive comment. As three strangers coming together, to work in an unknown and daunting legal environment they get immense praise from me. The feedback I have had from colleagues has been similarly positive. I invited 3 others to sit in on the presentation and they too were very impressed and felt they would be a good example to our own teams.” Derek Simmonds, Partner, Quality Simmonds Talbots - Participating Business
how do cos benefit
HOW DO Cos BENEFIT?

Focused intensive attention on new opportunities, sometimes with unexpected outcomes

No-commitment trialling of potential employees

Closer links with university for future collaboration

what else happened
WHAT ELSE HAPPENED?

2 students were offered jobs

2 students won Intuit 100Up awards

All invited to implement their propositions

All 5 businesses will support further Unipreneur Challenges

All students reported increased confidence, focus and entrepreneurial skills / mindset

Several students will develop business ideas, directly as a result of participation.

what next
WHAT NEXT?

Further sets (Autumn + Winter)

Entrepreneurs networking

Possible expansion beyond LSSC

Wider community engagement

Panel + Awards 4th July!

thank you

THANK YOU!

Tony Shannon-Little

27 June 2012