University to hold second enterprise day

University of Bath

Business leaders, academic experts and student entrepreneurs will join the University of Bath’s second annual Enterprise Day.

The event is taking place on March 29 and those taking part will share their business and research expertise and showcase their start-up successes.

Enterprise Day is part of the University’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurship programme, which supports staff, students, graduates and local entrepreneurs with their enterprise ambitions, bridging campus and companies.

The university has a track record in creating spin-out companies and sharing its research expertise with the business world. This month, University of Bath entrepreneurs were shortlisted for nine National StartUp Awards.

Professor Jonathan Knight, Vice-President Enterprise, said: “I am delighted that we are able to once again celebrate our Enterprise Day, building on the success of last year’s inaugural event.

“Fostering an innovative and enterprising campus culture is of prime importance to the University as we seek to recognise and support all our staff and students who pursue an entrepreneurial path,”

The event will be opened by Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ian White, who will outline the University’s vision and ambitions for its enterprise offering.

Attendees will also hear from expert speakers on a variety of topics, including transforming research into business ideas, join business masterclasses, engage in networking, and speak to student entrepreneurs who will be exhibiting their start-ups on stands in a showcase area.

Speakers include Stephen Carter who, as a European Patent Attorney, founded The Intellectual Property Works to help innovative start-ups and SMEs to leverage their IP.

Jordan Harry, CEO of StudyFast and popular TEDx Speaker, will take part  in the Graduate University Success Stories session chaired by Siobain Hone, Enterprise Education Manager.

Margaret Heffernan, Professor of Practice at the University’s School of Management will talk on the advantages of failure.

Margaret co-leads the Forward Institute which supports responsible leadership, and mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organisations.

Stephen Rangecroft, director of external engagement, said: ““I am thrilled that we are able to assemble such an impressive group of individuals who can share such valuable insights and lessons learned from their entrepreneurial journeys.

“Our second Enterprise Day will appeal to students, researchers and local SMEs who are interested in starting and sustaining new businesses.”

The showcase of start-ups created by University of Bath students will include Simon Rollings of the Canned Wine Co.; Chris Hannaway of alcohol-free beer company Infinite Session; and winners past and present of the University’s Alumni Innovation Award, which supports students to develop their ideas into viable businesses.

This includes graduates E-J Roodt, creator of the Epowar women’s safety app, Isabel Hurst of clothes-swapping app Dopplle; James Rust of dental hygiene app Test My Teeth; and Nav Sawhney, who founded The Washing Machine Project, a grassroots social enterprise based in the UK which created a hand-cranked washing machine to help people in refugee camps and poorer regions keep their clothes clean.