The University of Bolton (UK) is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by launching a new enterprise and entrepreneurship programme, Switched On.
The aim is to help students and graduates who want to set up a business but don’t have the expertise. It will provide them with advice and essential guidance on starting their own company.
The advice will come from Enterprise Champions – specialist staff from within the University – and external industry experts and mentors who can advise students on developing a good idea into a sound business model.
This year GEW will see 10 million participants taking part in 40,000 events across 104 different countries. As part of GEW and Switched On, the University is holding a number of workshops, surgeries and seminars with successful business people. These include a master-class with former Warburton’s Technical Director, David Tomlinson, and workshops with Imran Hakim and Peter Harrison – two entrepreneurs who successfully secured funding on the hit BBC show, Dragons’ Den.
Jane Stuart is the University’s Creative Liaison Officer and principle organiser of Switched On. She said: ‘GEW is the ideal opportunity to get students involved with Switched On. In the current economic and employment climate it is more important than ever students and graduates are taught the fundamentals of setting up and developing a business.’
While GEW is a week of events, Switched On will be helping and advising students throughout the academic year. Jane added: ‘Switched On is an excellent chance for students to get sound advice from industry professionals. As well as the events during GEW we will be holding a free, three-day boot camp early next year. This will be a comprehensive camp purely dedicated to getting student and graduate businesses off the ground.’
Students who attend the boot camp will also be eligible to take part in In the Spotlight, a Dragons’ Den-style student competition that could see them walk away with industry relevant prizes and the services of a successful business mentor.
The Enterprise Champions project is funded via ERDF in conjunction with the North West Universities Association and the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education.