Westminster Higher Education Forum

Entrepreneurship on campus - embedding enterprise in the curriculum, supporting student start-ups and increasing diversity

Morning, Tuesday, 10th March 2020

Central London


This conference will bring out latest thinking on developing enterprise and entrepreneurship in higher education.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Embedding enterprise in the curriculum;
  • Supporting student start-ups and increasing diversity; and
  • How universities can better support student entrepreneurs.

The conference will be an opportunity to consider significant policy developments and priorities for the new government.

It is also timed for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss recommendations from the Stace Review - commissioned by government and backed by the Prince’s Trust - which is considering the barriers preventing young people from starting up a business and will propose measures to support enterprising young people from all backgrounds.

The agenda looks at regional barriers to students becoming entrepreneurs, and what universities and others can do to drive forward growth in entrepreneurial activities in different areas of the country.

A further context for discussion is the government target for a 50% increase in the number of female entrepreneurs in the UK by 2030, following the recommendations of the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, which called on the business community to increase the resources available to education providers, including universities, to teach about starting a business.

Speakers and chairs

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Lord Bilimoria, Founder, Cobra Beer; Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Vice-President, CBI;
  • Wincie Wong, Head of the Rose Review Implementation, RBS; and
  • Alban Stowe, Senior Head, National Partnerships, The Prince’s Trust.

Further confirmed speakers include: Asa Calow, MadLab; Sherry Coutu, Founders4Schools; Daniel Evans, Birmingham Enterprise Community; Professor Laura Galloway, Edinburgh Business School; Dr Christopher Haley, Nesta; Lynn Sheppard, Masood Enterprise Centre, The University of Manchester; Dr Lianne Taylor, University of East Anglia; Gareth Trainer, Enterprise Educators UK and Careers Service, Newcastle University; Professor Kiran Trehan, University of York; and Alice Hu Wagner, British Business Bank.

The chairs for this conference are: Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville and Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Vice Chair, APPG for Entrepreneurship.

The agenda

  • Supporting young entrepreneurs: findings from the Stace Review;
  • Implementing the Rose Review - key priorities;
  • Removing barriers to entrepreneurship - improving diversity and inclusion, access to finance, and providing entrepreneurial experience;
  • Entrepreneurial campuses - embedding enterprise education across the curriculum and building an entrepreneurial culture on campus;
  • Supporting students from start-up to scale-up - support networks, mentors, and collaboration between universities and finance providers; and
  • Improving mentoring and support for entrepreneurs across UK universities.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Higher Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Intellectual Property Office; the Welsh Government and UK Research and Innovation.

Keynote Speaker

Wincie Wong

Head of the Rose Review Implementation, RBS

Keynote Speakers

Wincie Wong

Head of the Rose Review Implementation, RBS

Lord Bilimoria

Founder, Cobra Beer; Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Vice-President, CBI

Alban Stowe

Senior Head, National Partnerships, The Prince’s Trust


Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville

Dr Lisa Cameron MP

Vice Chair, APPG for Entrepreneurship


Marta Krupinska

Head, Google Startups UK, Co-Founder, Azimo, and Adviser, Greensill

Eve Kekeh

Founder, Bundlee

Dr Harveen Chugh

Senior Teaching Fellow, Entrepreneurship, Business School, Imperial College London

Professor Kiran Trehan

Pro- Vice Chancellor and Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of York

Dr Christopher Haley

Head, New Technology and Startup Research, Nesta

Dr Lianne Taylor

Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, University of East Anglia

Gareth Trainer

Chair, Enterprise Educators UK and Assistant Director, Careers Service, Newcastle University

Daniel Evans

Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham Enterprise Community Employer

Professor Laura Galloway

Lead, Business Incubator and Professor of Business and Enterprise, Edinburgh Business School

Asa Calow

Founder, MadLab

Sherry Coutu

CEO, Founders4Schools

Alice Hu Wagner

Managing Director, Strategy, Economics and Business Development, British Business Bank

Ann Akin

Founder and Artistic Director, HARTS Theatre Company

Lynn Sheppard

Masood Enterprise Centre, University of Manchester