New Ventures, Next Generation at the University of Westminster

Between October – December 2020 the Company of Entrepreneurs Outreach committee have been working with the University of Westminster to support their New Venture Creation Module.

We have supported 10 events with guest speakers, judging pitches, and providing surgeries on far reaching topics from writing business plans, marketing, strategy and managing risk. 13 Freeman have generously shared their decades of hard-won expertise and precious time: Christine Nicholson, Julian Hall, Arpita Dutt, Simon Virgo, Barnaby Wynter, Rupa Ganatra-Popat, Yusuf Ijtaba-Garcia, David Dumeresque, Colin Spiller, Shernaz Engineer, David Mellor and Jenny Garrett.

Irene Brew-Riverson, Course Leader – BA Business Management (Entrepreneurship) and Africa Regional Coordinator for Westminster Business School said “Our students find the perspectives of entrepreneurs who are actually practicing what they are learning about on the programme invaluable. 

They are grateful for the supportive stance taken by the entrepreneurs and the encouragement that enables them to explore ideas without being made to feel incapable although many of them are yet to begin their practical entrepreneurial journeys. 

They love to hear the stories of how entrepreneurs have become successful after various challenges.  The students appreciate the very candid approach adopted in helping them think through their own ideas and goals.  The entrepreneurs bring a very real dimension to the New Venture Creation module because hearing about theory and practice is a holistic approach to studying that they really value.”

It isn’t only the students who benefit, the Freeman who volunteered gain much from the experience:

Christine Nicholson from Succession Plus UK said “Meeting great people with amazing ideas is a reward in itself.  Getting the feedback that even one small thing I did help someone on their journey is a great feeling.  I feel like I’ve paid it forward”

Julian Hall from Ultra Education C.I.C said “I had some great questions from the students, one in particular was how a young, African man can maintain his identity as an entrepreneur. I realised that many young black men and women have high aspirations which entrepreneurship can provide but need more support to make those aspirations realistic and sustainable.”

And Mentor Colin Spiller learnt about a number of new business opportunities and markets.

The University of Westminster attended the Make an Impact event on the 26th January 2021, Freeman interested in finding out more about the outreach work that they get involved in attended in their droves.

Freeman, Jenny Garrett OBE who has been managing the relationship with the University of Westminster said “It has been heartening to see the willingness of the very busy entrepreneurs, to support the next generation. I look forward to this next generation advancing entrepreneurship in the City of London”

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