Basecamp caught up with University of Bristol alumni Adam Chambers, who has start-up business; Applichat. Adam won the Development Stage of the New Enterprise Competition and has shared some of his experiences below.
1.) In a nutshell, what’s your business idea?
Applichat source, automatically pre-screen, then assign job candidates from Facebook & Instagram to recruiters’ workflows.
2.) When was the idea conceived and how did it all start?
I created my first recruitment chatbot for a client in May 2019. The idea arose from recognising some problems in the online English teaching industry:
Too many applicants: Unqualified candidates (often up to 50%) wasted recruiters’ time.
Communication barrier: 68% of candidates offered a job did not accept it, often because Chinese emails were caught in firewalls & never read.
Time zone: The industry is based in China. That makes it 14 hours ahead of most teachers in the Americas.
Using a chatbot for recruitment solves all these: it can pre-qualify & segment candidates, delivers content with 80% + open rates on Facebook Messenger & communicates 24/7.
3.) Which competitions/schemes did you apply for and what was the result?
I applied for the New Enterprise Competition and was awarded £400. (more…)
The Basecamp Enterprise Team caught up with Bristol University alumni and entrepreneur Rob Van Den Bergh. Rob co-founded Scribeless, who recently won the Santander Entrepreneurship Award 2019, and has been involved with Basecamp initiatives and events since he was a student at Bristol. Watch the video to hear about his start-up story with the Basecamp Enterprise Team, his experiences of winning the Santander Entrepreneurship Awards and his top-tips for anyone thinking of beginning their own start-up journey.
Basecamp Enterprise Team caught up with winner of Ideas Stage, New Enterprise Competition and Bristol University alumni Ash Guest. Ash founded the start-up business Focks Socks and has continued to develop her start-up since its
beginnings in 2017. Here’s what Ash had
to say about her start-up journey:
Who are you?
My name is Ash and I’ve just started a Masters in Human Rights Law, after completing my undergrad in law at UoB a couple of years ago.(more…)
Actuation Lab is now 4 months into its year long membership of the SETsquared Bristol incubator that it won as runner-up in the NewEnterprise Competition. We have developed greatly as a business over that time and continue to refine our technology and market focus. We recently received a place on the Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) InnovateUK program which is providing us with funding and the ability to further explore market opportunities.(more…)
1.) It caters for all stages of your start-up journey
The competition caters for all levels of start-up stages: ‘Ideas,’ ‘Development’ and ‘Growth.’ Funding is available at all stages, and there is pro bono support available from our sponsors in the Growth stage of the competition. You can apply to any and all stages of the competition and do not need to complete them in order (more information below). To read about some of our start-up stories from previous winners of the competition, clickhere.
We asked some University of Bristol graduates from the class of 2018 how their first year of graduate life has been, and what advice they would give to the class of 2019?
Name: Tom Wallis Degree: History Current job: Student Development Coordinator (Sport and Physical Activity)
Leaving university can feel like a monumental change, that can come with my challenges; new environments and uncertainties which make losing the comfort of your course daunting. You can overcome it, here’s the thinking I’ve been developing that has gotten me through my first year: (more…)
Are you in love with your subject and wondering how you can find that passion in your future career?
Is your head swimming with ideas about what you think you’d be good at and what would be rewarding work?
Do you find yourself wondering what might give you the edge in application and selection processes?
University alumni can be a great source of support. Not only do they have a natural affinity and familiarity with Bristol they can be a ‘real life voice’ that will provide realistic and impartial advice.
If so, we want to invite you to help us celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Awards!
The Bristol PLUS Award started in 2009 as a way to reward students for developing extracurricular skills and experiences alongside their degrees, and help them articulate the value of that experience to employers. In ten years, the premise of the Award has not changed, though it has evolved in response to student feedback, university projects and labour market developments, to ensure that the Award remains credible and beneficial to every student who dedicates themselves to achieve it.
“your backup plan – you know, in case things don’t go as you expect?”
Have you ever been in this situation, where you’ve got a great idea for something and it seems brilliant, but then someone bursts your bubble by asking what you’ll do if things don’t go as planned? Often, it’s not what you want to hear – why are they raining on your parade, suggesting that the thing you’re so passionate about won’t work?
What advice would your future self have for you? With their benefit of experience and hindsight, would you listen to them? We’d like to think so!
Of course, we obviously can’t bring your actual benefit of hindsight to you, but we can do the next best thing. Throughout the year there are several events that bring back alumni to share their career stories with current students – so maybe you can benefit from their hindsight?(more…)