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 EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



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.

Being held near the start of the new parliament the conference comes amid some significant policy developments.


It will follow publication of 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 discussion also takes place in the context of the government target to increase the number of female entrepreneurs in the UK by 50% 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.


Keynote and speaking contributions


There will be keynote contributions from:


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

Further speakers include:


  • Professor Kiran Trehan, Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, University of Birmingham - on work to develop outreach and improve the diversity of those engaging in entrepreneurship;
  • Sherry Coutu, CEO, Founders4Schools - on opportunities for schools to give prospective entrepreneurs experience of entrepreneurship in the run-up to  entering university;
  • Dr Lianne Taylor, Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Strategy, University of East Anglia - on developing entrepreneurial campuses based on work at the UEA; and
  • Dr Christopher Haley, Head, New Technology and Startup Research, Nesta - on Nesta’s work in supporting the development of entrepreneurial campuses at universities.

The agenda


  • Supporting young entrepreneurs: findings from the Stace Review;
  • 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
  • Next steps for improving mentoring and support for entrepreneurs across UK universities.


Keynote Speakers

Lord Bilimoria

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

Alban Stowe

Senior Head, National Partnerships, The Prince’s Trust

Speakers

Professor Kiran Trehan

Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, University of Birmingham

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

Sherry Coutu

CEO, Founders4Schools