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Entrepreneurship among graduates


Move to inspire entrepreneurship among graduates backed by University of Kent enterprise director

The University of Kent’s enterprise director today backed the launch of the new initiative, StartUp Britain, which will see millions of pounds worth of support given to encourage new entrepreneurs.
The new campaign will see graduates encouraged to launch their own businesses as well as the creation of enterprise societies in every University.
Prime Minister David Cameron also announced the launch of a scheme called Entrepreneur First, which will encourage innovative graduates to start up their own businesses with help from leading employers, including management consulting firm McKinsey & Co, which will run the scheme.
Carole Barron, the University’s Director of Innovation and Enterprise, said: ‘These schemes will help pave the way for some of our brightest and best graduates to become the next wave of entrepreneurs.
‘Universities like Kent are already creating the right climate to encourage entrepreneurial spirit – 91% of higher education institutions provide extra-curricular support for student and graduate entrepreneurship, and 80% offer awards and modules leading to academic qualifications in enterprise and entrepreneurship.

‘Today’s announcement will provide a further impetus for graduates to release their potential and learn entrepreneurial skills under the guidance of established employers. Here at the University of Kent we are doing everything possible to ensure that there are as few bureaucratic hurdles as possible to ensure our graduates are given the best opportunities to become successful entrepreneurs,’ she said.