HYBR- New Enterprise Competition alumni

As well as coming back to class ready for the new academic year, it’s also a time for moving into new houses and getting to know new housemates. The student rental market has a bad rep, and runners up from last year’s New Enterprise Competition aim to tackle thisMeet HYBR. We spoke with their founder, Hannah to find out what they’ve been up to. 

Describe your business to us in a nutshell.

HYBR is an online marketplace for student accommodation that connects students directly to landlords, cutting out the traditional letting agent. Our mission is to provide an affordable landlord solution and support first-time renters throughout their rental journey. 

Where did the idea of HYBR come from?

University is some of the best years of young adults’ lives and one hugely exciting aspect of this is moving in with friendsMy co-founder and I reflected on our positive rental experiences with Airbnb, and we realised renting a house is a part of the excitement of moving away. So why did it need to be a different story with student rentals?   (more…)

My COVID-19 SME Internship: Lucas – Spookfish Innovations Ltd

Lucas, a 4th year Computer Science student, has written about his recent internship experience which was supported by ourCOVID-19 SME Internship Fund. The aim of this fund was to support local SMEs including charities, social enterprises and start-ups who are operating at maximum capacity as they respond to the challenges of Coronavirus, while giving students valuable and meaningful work experiences in a difficult economic climate.

Here’s what Lucas had to say about his experience. 

Introduction

This summer, I took part in a twelve week internship with Spookfish Innovations Ltd, as part of the COVID-19 SME Internship Scheme. After all the other internships I’d been looking at were cancelled, the scheme came as a welcome surprise! Not only was it a chance to gain industry experience, it was also a way to help battle against the pandemic, something I’d been keen to do.  (more…)

🎪 All the fun of the (careers) fair

❤ Employers love Bristol students

Your Careers Service connects you with employers – large and small, local and international. Every year we link Bristol students and graduates to over 300 employers, and are one of the top five most targeted UK universities by employers (High Fliers).

We’ve been in this position for the last ten years, so we’re not going to let this new, mostly digital world stop us! This autumn term, we are bringing over 100 employers directly to you through our Careers Showcase Week and Autumn Fair (19 to 23 October).

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My COVID-19 SME Internship: Kat – The Harbour

Hi, my name’s Kat.

This year, the University of Bristol offered students the chance to apply for internships with local Bristol SMEs that were responding to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the last three months,  during lockdown, I have been privileged to work as a Fundraising and Communications Intern for The Harbour, a local charity providing free counselling for people facing death and bereavement in Bristol.

The Harbour has over twenty years’ experience providing in-person counselling at their home on Frogmore Street. When it became evident that in-person services could not continue in March, the team at The Harbour worked hard to develop a remote counselling service, on Zoom and via the telephone. Once this was in place, the charity felt that there was a need to spend time thinking about how they could improve their online presence and external communications. (more…)

The New Enterprise Competition Ideas stage- Now open!

The New Enterprise Competitionthe University of Bristol’s flagship start-up competition hosted by the Basecamp Enterprise team, is soon to be entering it’s 20th year. 

Comprising  three stages: Ideas, Development and Growth, every year we award £35,000 plus pro-bono support over the stages to support start-up businesses, charities and social enterprises.  

The Ideas stage of the competition is now open for applications! 

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Why apply for the Ideas stage? 

The competition is designed to inspire and encourage you to develop your business and think about your long-term career plans 

Over the years, applicants’ ventures have varied between sustainable clothing businesses to security software, from apps to enhance mental wellbeing to vegan snacks. Whether you have started to think about a product or service that could solve a problem over the summer, or you have a business venture you have been working on for the last few months, no idea is too small or too big for this stage.  

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Get Career Ready with the Career Ready Course

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Do you know how to get started or move forwards on your career journey?

Many students and graduates ask us for help in deciding what to do. Others are looking for advice on how to upskill, gain relevant experience or stand out in the application process.

Career planning is a cycle, and to support you at every stage, whether you’re a first year considering your options, or a recent graduate navigating the jobs market, the Careers Service has developed the Career Ready Course for you. (more…)

8 reasons why you should do the Bristol PLUS Award!

As the new academic year starts, we are so excited to welcome you all back and *drumroll pleaseopen the Bristol PLUS Award for registration!  (more…)

My COVID-19 SME Internship: Kofo –  Bristol 24/7

Kofo recently told us about her experience of using the Careers Service, including undertaking an internship with Bristol 24/7 at the end of her third year. Here she has written for us about her internship experience, which was supported by ourCOVID-19 SME Internship Fund. The aim of this fund was to support local SMEs including charities, social enterprises and start-ups, who are operating at maximum capacity as they respond to the challenges of Coronavirus, whilst giving students valuable and meaningful work experiences in a difficult economic climate.  (more…)

The 3 Day Start-up

Interested in start-ups or aspire to be an entrepreneur while befriending some like minded creatives? 3 Day Start-up is for you! 

What is 3 Day Start-up?

3 Day Startup

3 Day Startup (3DS) was founded by a group of students in 2008 who wanted to make entrepreneurship more accessible for students. Through the years, 3DS have worked with over 16,000 students in 35 countries, across 6 continents, and this year’s programme will be held at the University of Bristol!

Run in partnership between SETSquared and the Basecamp Enterprise team, 3DS is a free 72-hour workshop which teaches entrepreneurial skills to university students in a fun, supportive and hands on environment. Usually run on campus, this year’s programme will run as a virtual learning-bydoing workshop where students from partnership universities; Bristol, Bath, SouthamptonExeter and Surrey work collaboratively to solve ideas and generate credible business ventures. 

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