Posted on Tuesday 8th July 2014
Entrepreneurship and Innovation ran its first ‘Secrets to Success’ event on Monday 9th June at Birmingham Business School. This was held as part of Working Wonders, an inaugural fortnight of training aimed at all Birmingham students, during which students had the opportunity to take part in a variety of employability related events, ranging from interview technique workshops and café career planning to online webinars.
The University was delighted to welcome back one of its own well-established alumni entrepreneurs, Nick Jenkins, founder of online greetings cards business Moonpig, who generously gave his time to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. During Nick’s talk he discussed his own secrets to success and inspired students to think outside the box and create their own opportunities. Nick also highlighted how important it is to look for new market opportunities, which is exactly what he did with the creation of Moonpig.
Nick’s talk was followed by a networking lunch that allowed delegates to mingle with other University of Birmingham students currently participating in both the BSEEN business incubation programme (funded by ERDF) and the UnLtd Social Enterprise Programme. Ideas including string quartets, clothing lines and hi-tech merchandise were all featured during this session to inspire and showcase what undergraduates and postgraduates are capable of if they have the spirit and drive to develop their ideas.
The event also included enterprise training workshops that were developed to assist students to come up with their own ideas and also learn crucial skills that will help them in the future, whether they decide to set up their own ventures or want to demonstrate enterprising skills whilst working within a company.
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