The world of employment has changed significantly over the last 12 months due to the pandemic. What has felt like months ofuncertainty over what the future holds, the prospect of diving into the deep–end and starting your own businessmight seem daunting.
However, working for yourself and launching a start-up in 2021 can be a greatopportunity. Particularly if your enterprise fills a gap in the market, is well researched and it is something you’re passionate about.
The New Enterprise Competition– Development stage is now open for applications. This stage of the competition awards up to £1,000 to 10 start-ups. Funds can be used towards developing student and graduate start-ups. Historically winners have ranged between social enterprises combating foodwaste, to sustainable clothing businesses and much more.
Historically, funding has gone to start-ups who arebuilding a prototype, developing a website and investing in materials and much more.
This year may seem uncertain but certainly comes with lots of possibilities, so why not take that business idea you had over the first lockdown to the next level?!
Want to find out more? Over the next few weeks we’ll be catching up with last years Development winners.
Precious Plastic Dunkerque
Could you sum up your start-up in a Tweet?
Precious Plastic Dunkerque is a Social Enterprise being developed to support displaced people in Dunkerque.Using plastic waste collected from informal camps, we will produce new items; to be sold, to support those sleeping rough and to provide community workshops.(more…)
This week, 16 to 20 November marks Global Entrepreneurship Week. The campaign began in 2008 with an emphasis on inspiring young people to make their mark. It has quickly grown into a week which inspires entrepreneurs, students, researchers and more to collaborate and advance economic growth and innovation.
The Basecamp Enterprise team are getting involved by offering a jam-packed week of events where industry experts share top tips, networking opportunities and the launch of Natwest 10k challenge.
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’sNew Enterprise Competitionaim to tackle this: MeetHYBR. 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 withfriends. My co-founder and I reflected on our positive rental experiences with Airbnb, andwe realised renting a house is a part of the excitement of moving away. Sowhy did it need to be a different story with student rentals? (more…)
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.
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(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 studentsin 35 countries, across 6 continents, and this year’s programmewill be heldat the University of Bristol!
Run in partnership betweenSETSquared 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-by–doing workshop where students from partnership universities; Bristol, Bath, Southampton, Exeter and Surrey work collaboratively to solve ideas and generate credible business ventures.
Launching or owning a business as we enter a recession may seem like a scary and daunting time. With the media publicising how unemployment rates are rising due to the pandemic, and businesses varying between SME and global giants shutting down or making cuts, we assume that this is a reflection of all businesses in the country.
However, some have thrived using this as an opportunity to pivot their business plans or finally finding their place within the market.
As we approach five months of limited public gatherings due to the global pandemic, the meaning of ‘meeting new people’ has changed. Gone are the days of shaking hands, greeting someone has become a virtual exchange with an enthusiastic wave hello and goodbye.
Even though in-person professional events may not be taking place for some time, there are still lots of opportunities taking place. Despite first impressions, our new digital environment has opened fantastic new opportunities to meet and engage with others from all over the world. Creating that great first impression is just as important online as it is offline, so we’ve put together a list of our top tips on building your network, right from the comfort of your own home.
Work experience is any opportunity which gives you experience of work, or the non-academic skills that will prepare you for work. It can be paid or unpaid experienceand is not necessarily related to your degree or your future career plans. This can include internships, summer vacation jobs, volunteering, insight events and shadowing as well as self-driven projects.
Good quality work experience should:
Teach you new skills including professional behaviours.
Highlight which skills you need.
Let you explore a career idea.
Connect you to people you could use as contacts in the future.
The New Enterprise Competition drew to a close last week and the winner of the Growth stage was Kaedim, winning £10,000 and 12 months incubation at SETSquared.
Kaedim, launched in 2019 by Computer Science with Innovation students Konstantina Psoma and Roman Bromidge, is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) start-up which turns sketches into 3D models. Their degree based at the Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship alongside the help of the Basecamp Enterprise Team, allowed them to develop their idea, enhance their entrepreneurial skills and draw on a pool of expert industry mentors.
Below: The Basecamp Team (virtually, of course) announce the good news to Kaedim
Over the course of the year, the Basecamp Enterprise Team received over 100 applications to take part in the Ideas,Development and Growth stages of the competition. Winning the competition gives students, graduates and staff the opportunity to win prize money and unlock support packages to help develop and grow their start-up ideas- whether it be a business, charity or social enterprise!
Here’s what Kaedim had to say about winning this years’ top prizes: