On Friday the 15th of January 2016, five Plymouth University Business School student teams pitched their business ideas to the BETA Enterprise Programme Panel for a grant of up to £1500 to support their businesses’ start-up and development.
The BETA Enterprise Programme is run by Sarah Preedy and myself (Amber Strong) at Plymouth University’s Futures Entrepreneurship Centre and is designed to provide enterprising students with business ideas with pre start-up and start up support. The BETA Programme provides free of charge: business advice, access to business mentors, entrepreneurial guest speakers and complimentary development workshops to all Plymouth University students as well as the opportunity for UK Plymouth Business School students to pitch for grant funding up to £1500. Grant funding to students from other faculties is dependent on support from their faculty.
These students have been developing their ideas with the BETA Enterprise Programme for months. The BETA Enterprise Programme has aided their business idea development, by providing the students with free advice, free and regular access to local business mentors and lectures led by entrepreneurial guest speakers. These speakers included Entrepreneur in Residence Raphael Dennett on design and presentation, alumnus and founder of Instachimp, Jon Catney, Rich Adams from GAIN and Heather Forster from Crowdfunder. The BETA Enterprise Programme also provided supplementary development workshops over autumn term that aided students with pitching confidence; taught them about Social Media, starting your own business while at university and Social Enterprise.
Who was on the panel? The BETA Enterprise Pitching Panel consisted of Doctoral Teaching Assistant Sarah Preedy; Futures Entrepreneurship Centre manager Sarah Stevenson joined by Entrepreneur in Residence Gareth Hart, alumnus and entrepreneur Paul Randall and senior lecturer Dan Livingstone from the school of computing and mathematics. These entrepreneurial individuals were very kind to add their expert advice and diverse industry experience to the judging panel.
This was a highly valuable opportunity for students who pitched because they could benefit from the combined knowledge and advice of the panel members. Students went away with information and contacts that could potentially make all the difference to the success of their young business.
One business idea was granted the £1500 BETA Enterprise funding in January 2016. Three other student teams were given feedback on their business plans and offered the opportunity to re-pitch their plans to the BETA Panel on the 18th of March 2016.
In the past, the BETA Enterprise programme has funded a diverse range of ideas from; Feyi Ogenyeye and his sustainable technology idea, Lucy Rodrigues-Cova and her kind on the skin cosmetic spray, James Roberts and Tom Parker with DYFRNT for mystery nights out and Sam Bray with his Golf package tours business. The BETA Enterprise team looks forward to seeing your innovative and well researched business idea.
The business mentoring, networking and development workshops available through the Beta Enterprise programme are free and open to all Plymouth University students; the grant funding available through the BETA Pitches is currently only available to Plymouth University Students who are UK citizens.
More information is available here.
For a BETA Enterprise Application form contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact me at amber.strong@email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the BETA Enterprise programme.