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. 


My COVID-19 SME Internship: Maisie – Bristol Food Union

My name is Maisie, I’m an ecology graduate. After months of writing up my thesis and being entirely screen-based during lockdown, I was feeling square-eyed, fatigued and longing to get out of the house. I especially wanted to be more involved in community and people-based projects happening around the city in response to COVID-19, so I happily took a COVID-19 SME Internship working for Bristol Food Union (BFU).


My COVID-19 SME Internship: Rob – Gapsquare


Hi, I’m RobThis year I graduated (albeit not in person!) with a MSci Chemistry degree, and carried out an internship as a Business Analyst with Gapsquare through the COVID-19 SME Internship Fund. Gapsquare is a start-up in Bristol championing inclusive employer practises, pay equity and the elimination of the gender, racial and wider inequality pay gaps through the intelligent use of data.  


My COVID-19 SME Internship: Lily – Purplefish PR

Lily, a third year Anthropology student, secured an internship through our COVID-19 SME Internship Fund with Purplefish PR, as a Social Media and PR Intern.

Lily wrote this blog for us about her experience while she was interning from June to July. 


Top tips for building your networks online

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. 


Santander Universities Nominee- Student Travel Tips

In it’s 10th year, The Santander University’s Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme is a five-month accelerator which prepares entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed and grow their business. Winning businesses receive funding, mentoring, funded interns as well as credible networks. This year, Alfie from Student Travel tips was nominated by the Basecamp Enterprise team and they caught up with him during lockdown… 

Tell us about Student Travel tips and how it all started:

Student Travel Tips is an online travel platform with advice for students and young travellers. I found that when young people go abroad to live, travel or work, it’s difficult to locate information that’s relevant to us. Scrolling endlessly through blogs and guidebooks is great but it’s very time consuming. We found that the most trustworthy advice out there is from fellow likeminded studentsso I set up this platform so that everyone has access to valuable information all in one place. Where to live and how to get around, what to do and where to go, with the best bars and clubs and how to stay safe. When I moved to Brazil last year, I was nervous about settling in without a job, a house, and essentials. Exchanging a few Whatsapp messages with a new friendI was recommended all the above and more. I felt very lucky and comfortable to have this kind of insider info, so why not pass on this advice to more people? After nagging a lot of my fellow students to fill in a spreadsheet of their tips and a lot of fiddling around with web design, Student Travel Tips grew and grew.

What has been the most rewarding part of your business journey?

 It’s when I receive an email or text from someone who has benefited from the website or when people say, ‘I wish we had this when I went on my year abroad!’It’s such a fun project which brings out my creative side and passion for travel and languageto know that the website’s core is shining through is a great feeling. I never thought I’d bconsidered as young entrepreneur’ and I’m grateful to the Basecamp team for this recognition, not only in helping me grow the business, but also putting me forward for the Santander Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme. 


Do you have questions about disability and employability?

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Many disabled students and graduates ask the Careers Service for help making the transition from study to work. We support students with a variety of physical, mental health, and neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, autism and ADHD when thinking about their career. In this blog post we’ll go over some of the common questions we get asked around the recruitment process, what we can do to help, and where you can get extra support.



The New Enterprise Competition winners!

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: