The pandemic was a unique challenge for everyone and we were by no means an exception this year.
What we’ve been most struck by and has kept us going is the social aspect of the society. One of our society's biggest values has been its ability to provide a platform for students to network with exciting guests and one another. We have seen from time to time how powerful a network can be. Our past members have now gone on to be VCs, working at Google, starting their own ventures, and so much more.
This year we endeavoured to provide the same experience virtually and have triumphed, having more members than ever and multiple events with great engagement throughout the year. There have been many highlights, starting with our first event in October where former University of Birmingham PhD student Manjinder Kainth spoke to us about 6 Bit Education. This is an AI powered platform that helps reduce grading time for teachers while providing high-level feedback for students. Another highlight was partnering with Syncify, a fledgling social podcast start-up aiming to change the way people interact with podcasts.
The most memorable event has certainly been our ‘Startup Games’ which we held in collaboration with Innovators’ Hub from the University of Birmingham Dubai Campus and Keele University’s Entrepreneurs Society - we had over 50 people attend this virtual event!
It was great to see that throughout the pandemic there was still interest in our society; this culminated in the election of our excellent new committee for 2021-22. We were thoroughly impressed with the applications and I am excited to see how the elected members transform the society over the year.
Next year, we will give ourselves the following mission: ‘creating a deep sense of community’. To achieve this mission we came up with a new organisation, new ideas and new events - we cannot wait to share this with you!
Be entrepreneurial. Be part of Startup Society!
Kushal Patel and Hugo Biais
Startup Society Presidents 2020-21 and 2021-22
To find out more about Startup Society visit their society website.
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