There is a new package of support available for QMUL students interested in enterprise or in picking up the skills and experience you will need to succeed in the dog-eat-dog business world
QMUL Careers & Enterprise have set up a brand new funding and support package that is aiming to help students interested in setting up a business, doing freelance work, new social enterprise projects or developing an app or website.
They also have Try It awards worth up to £500 to help QMUL students test business ideas, and Grow It awards worth up to £5000 to support students who have an existing business idea they want to grow. The deadlines for entering into these award schemes is the 19th December.
QMUL is also launching its first ever incubator programme, ‘’inQUBEate’’ in November. It’s an 8 week programme taking new entrepreneurs through the basic skills they’ll need to succeed in any sector, including legal, marketing, financial and public speaking training. The programme will be led by a group of expert industry mentors who will set students weekly goals to help launch their enterprises.
InQUBEate’s founder, Clemont Bigot, says ‘‘University is such a perfect time to start your own venture, even if it is only to stand out from the crowd when applying for a graduate job.’’ ‘‘Setting a company up is difficult at any time in your life, but, as a student, some would argue it’s even worse, as we lack the necessary skills to make them succeed – InQUBEate is here to solve exactly that! Even if you don’t have an idea, get involved, as you can always work with existing teams to gain valuable experience and contacts.”
For a slightly more selfless entrepreneurial experience, there is another new opportunity to work on a new J.P. Morgan sponsored mentoring project, helping young people to set up their own social enterprises. There are currently positions for 20 QMUL students to be fully trained to take part in the programme that will help 16-18 year olds at Tower Hamlets College to start their very own social enterprises to improve their local area.
To find out more about any of the opportunities mentioned you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise