Skills for Entreprise, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

Mark Hart

On 15 November 2012, as part of Global entrepreneurship week 2012 Aston University held an event on ‘Skills for Enterprise’ for budding young entrepreneurs where they could get tips and advice on how best to succeed an entrepreneur.

To start this event Aston’s Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Mark Hart (author of a recent report on youth entrepreneurship for RBS) gave a talk about the work he has been doing as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor project (GEM), emphasising on the need to ‘focus all the time’ and to differentiate yourself from the rest of the market. Three key words Mark spoke about were opportunity, creativity and value. There are evidently lower numbers of young people (18-30) starting up their own business than those who have the intention meaning that these young entrepreneurs are not putting their ideas into action. As the population explodes who will employ these people? Is entrepreneurship the way to overcome this?

BBC’s The Apprentice Finalist, Nick Holzherr then gave an inspiring speech on what he himself thinks it takes to be an entrepreneur, speaking about his famous coffee venture ‘cogo’ coffee. Nick has had set backs throughout his entrepreneurial journey but has stayed grounded and kept focused. What the audience got from Nick was that you should never give up also ‘action is vital’ ‘initiative is key’ ‘mentorship is important’, Nick was part of the BSEEN project and said his mentorship from this has really helped him along the way.

The event saw the launch of BSEEN a programme of practical support to students and graduates looking to start a new venture. The programme will provide new businesses with dedicated incubator space where budding entrepreneurs can benefit from day to day help and advice from the project team and opportunities to socialise and share ideas with other new start-ups.

Participants will also benefit from a series of workshops which will equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their businesses and will also give them the opportunity to meet existing entrepreneurs. Grant funding is also available, alongside further training, mentoring from industry experts and career guidance. Recent graduates who have graduated within the past 5 years and also current students are eligible for help from bseen providing they have a real passion for their business idea and a determination. 

For more information on BSEEN contact bseen@aston.ac.uk 

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