Aston University will host the National Student Enterprise Conference (NSEC) in 2012. The National Student Enterprise Conference aims to inspire and bring together young budding entrepreneurs and encourage them to develop business skills with the guidance of top business professionals and celebrity entrepreneurs.
The successful 2012 bid, co-ordinated by Aston Business School and Aston Entrepreneurs, made a great impression on the judging panel of the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE). Aston demonstrated its support for students and regional businesses through a number of quality programmes. These included Aston Idol, which lets students pitch their business ideas to a panel of national and regional business representatives and its involvement in innovative business start-up programme BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network). This project, funded by Birmingham City Council, has provided support for over 100 graduate entrepreneurs from the West Midlands region. This includes opportunities to access extensive mentoring, free office space and business grants to help with start-up initiatives.
Aston is also involved in The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), the largest survey-based study of entrepreneurship in the world involving over 60 countries.
Dr Patrick Tissington, Associate Dean of Business Partnerships; Kelle-Ann Lewis, Director of Marketing and Nathalie Lam, Business Partnerships Co-ordinator from Aston Business School were involved in the successful bid, alongside Samuel Wilson, President of Aston Entrepreneurs.
Dr Tissington said; “Aston University’s ethos is to ensure students graduate with strong academic skills alongside opportunities to develop real life business acumen. This knowledge combined with practical real life experience provides students with a new set of insights into entrepreneurship and business as a whole. We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event next year.”
The support from Aston University to student and graduate enterprise has achieved impressive results. Aston graduate, Nick Holzherr, recently received the “Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Enterprise” award.
President of Aston Entrepreneurs, Samuel Wilson, who is a second year student in International Business with Spanish, believes the event is going to ‘change mentalities for the better.’ The Aston EntrepreneursSociety started in 2009, helps develop business skills among students, and industry links. The Society is aiming to increase its active membership from 186 to around 500 members by the end of next year.
“Enterprise can’t simply be learnt from a textbook, but I wholeheartedly know that events such as NSEC will work miracles.” he said.
This year’s conference in Manchester brought together 200 of the most promising students across the UK as well as leading academics, investors, international corporates, global entrepreneurs and the media.
The NSEC is due to be held at Aston University from Saturday, February 18 to Sunday, February 19, 2012.