Day 12: Today we are going to focus on the the Centre for Entrepreneurship's various programmes and events on offer and tell you how you can get involved.
The Centre is one of our services for students. The team has a mission to firstly, improve the self-reliance and employability of the University's students, staff and recent graduates by developing their enterprise skills and secondly support those who want to begin the journey of starting their own business. Local business experts work with the centre to provide training, mentoring, inspirational talks and competitions with associated prize funding.
At all times you should follow the current Government COVID19 guidance This is changing on a daily basis so make sure you stay up to date.
The Enterprise Challenge is an extra-curricular enterprising skills programme open to all schools that will expose you to fundamental business knowledge delivered by experienced industry speakers.
The workshops will allow you to develop sought-after skills that can be utilised for whatever stage your career is at. The Enterprise Challenge workshops run for 8 weeks on Thursday evenings (depending on your preference) during Semester 2, 5-7pm virtually.
There are virtual taster events for the Enterprise Challenge running on Thursday 21 January 2021, 5-7pm. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on this. (Facebook and LinkedIn - search Centre for Entrepreneurship and for Twitter and Instagram - search @uodenterprise)
The Enterprise Challenge is always an in-demand extra-curricular activity so for the 2020/21 - Semester 2 programme please make sure you apply before the closing date of Tuesday 21 January 2021, 12noon and you will be informed by 5pm the same day if you have a place on the programme.
More ideas for you to try
The next few sections will look at some activities provided by the Knowledge Transfer Network that you can try if you have a business idea you want to explore or simply to just learn different enterprising skills that will be beneficial throughout your career.
Use Innovation canvas to understand if you have addressed all of the key questions around your project
Personas will help you define the specific market segments (and specific users) you are targeting your innovation towards, informing design and marketing. Using a template will help you to know your market.
Funding your business
When starting a company, it’s important to establish a financial reporting structure. This is not as complicated as you might think. Watch this short video from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to learn more.
Each semester the Centre offers advanced insights into the career journey of successful entrepreneurs, and also knowledge of a cutting-edge area which they have become experts in.
Masterclasses complement the Enterprise Challenge programme by providing insights you can apply to your idea drawn from the latest trends for the modern entrepreneur.
The talks are open to students, staff and general public. You can watch two of these previous Masterclasses below:
Mary Ballantyne – trained as a Nurse and then moving on to work with large and successful organisations around the world relating to surgery, life sciences and medicine as well as working on her own ideas:
Kirsty Thomson - Kirsty is the founder and CEO of The Circle Dundee. Kirsty has worked with charities, social enterprises and organisations throughout her career:
Venture 2021 – New Business Idea Pitching Competition
Our University-wide new business idea competition opens for entries at the end of November each year leading to the live pitching final which takes place at the end of February during Entrepreneurship Week. Last year there was £28,500 on offer over 5 categories.
Read this really informative blog about how the competition works based on last years competition:
Make sure you have signed up for the Centre’s email newsletter and follow the Centre on social media so that you are notified when this has gone live in November.
Entrepreneurship Week 2021
During the last week of February each year the University holds a week long series of events, workshops and lectures in order to celebrate entrepreneurship and its importance for the university and the city of Dundee.
Elevator’s Business Accelerator Programme
In a unique partnership with Elevator, we are proud to be one of the few academic institutions in the UK with a bespoke business accelerator hosted on campus.
Once you have embraced the essential enterprise skills, and developed your idea to a stage where it is ready to be sky-rocketed, you can then apply for one of the intakes of Elevator's accelerator programme. Our students typically choose the summer cohort which last for 12 weeks within the Centre for Entrepreneurship. The accelerator is designed to fast-track your business to investment and success by providing you with: free desk space alongside fellow entrepreneurs, a bespoke curriculum and access to all of the expert advice and contacts you will need to take your business to the next level – all for free.