Yorkshire Universities back Global Campaign for Entrepreneurship

Yorkshire universities have joined forces in support of next week’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship.

Now in its sixth year, Global Entrepreneurship Week runs from 18-24 November and is being backed by Yorkshire’s Graduate Entrepreneurship Project, an ERDF funded partnership of ten of the county’s higher education institutions, which encourages and supports entrepreneurship amongst the region’s student and graduate population.

The global campaign spans 130 countries and is being marked in Yorkshire by a region-wide programme of events to inspire and support the region’s next generation of business leaders.

On Thursday, straight-talking BBC Apprentice runner-up Ruth Badger will address an audience at the University of Hull.

At the same time, a series of insightful events in York, Huddersfield and Hull will inspire and inform fledgling entrepreneurs.

In Sheffield, budding entrepreneurs will take part in Sheffield Start Up Weekend, embarking on a round-the-clock marathon of business model creation and design, culminating in pitches to some of the city’s entrepreneurial leaders.

Colin Harrison, manager of Yorkshire’s Graduate Entrepreneurship Project said:

“We’re delighted to be playing our part in Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“The partnership between Yorkshire’s higher education institutions provides unprecedented start-up support for the region’s student and graduates, making Yorkshire one of the best places in the country for students and graduates to begin their journey into business.”

Katie Norman, 27, from Hull, who has been shortlisted in the top 100 entrepreneurs at this year’s Great British Entrepreneur Awards, set up her science party venture Lab Rascals with support from the Enterprise Team at the University of Hull.

She said:

“Global Entrepreneurship Week provides superb opportunities for other entrepreneurs to access similar help in turning their fledgling business ideas into reality.”

Andrew Devenport, CEO of Youth Business International which hosts Global Entrepreneurship Week in the UK, called for more people to get involved in the Week.

Andrew said:

“Setting up a business is a great employment opportunity for many people who have the talent, but lack the means or the confidence to progress their ideas.

“I would encourage anyone with a business or business idea to participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week and find out what support is available to help them take a step forward.

“By helping people to help themselves, we are equipping the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a valuable contribution to both the economy and society.”

For more information about Yorkshire’s Graduate Entrepreneurship Project, visit www.graduateentrepreneurship.co.uk. For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week visit www.gew.org.uk.

Sophie Tregellis, founder of pet health food venture, Top Collar (low res)
Sophie Tregellis, founder of pet health food venture, Top Collar

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