Students have been working with Black Country businesses
on an innovative pilot scheme to boost entrepreneurial
Unipreneur Challenge has seen teams of University of
Wolverhampton students tackling challenging projects to help
businesses and boost their own skills.
Businesses on board with the scheme include a law firm, housing
association and charity and students have been looking at various
areas including marketing and fundraising.
The scheme, launched with the University’s School of Law, Social Sciences and
Communications, is aimed at promoting and developing
entrepreneurial skills for young people and nurturing relationships
with businesses in the regions.
The students took entrepreneurial ‘scans’ to assess their
strengths, along with workshops to develop best practices before
focusing their skills within the businesses for several weeks.
Clare Thomas, Fundraising and Marketing Manager for Beacon
Centre for the Blind which is among the businesses involved in the
Challenge, asked the students to work on a fundraising task. She
said: “I was very impressed by their enthusiasm and grasp of the
challenges which Beacon Centre faces and I am sure that they can
bring a fresh perspective to these challenges.”
Derek Simmonds, of Talbots law firm in Stourbridge, said he had
found the students very hard-working and enthusiastic. “I have a
long-held belief that there is far more to be done in forging links
between employers and education. There are many benefits to be
gained for businesses and for students,” he said.
Student participant Katrina Calvin said: “I already had the
focus and the determination and the drive to succeed. The
Unipreneur Challenge has helped me to develop a more business
mind-set. I am more driven to start my own business now.”
Unipreneur is the brainchild of Gary Lennon, founder of Wist
Ltd. He hopes to expand the scheme in the future and is delighted
with the positive feedback from the pilot.
Official presentations will take place this week and an overall
winner announced, with an awards evening at the Beacon Centre for
the Blind later this month.
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Date Issued: Tuesday, 17 April 2012
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