This academic year, the BETA Enterprise student pre/start-up support programme run by Futures Entrepreneurship Centre awarded enterprising students with £12,000 in grant funding.
Students, as part of the BETA Enterprise programme (running October to May each year) attended guest lectures by entrepreneurial alumni, had fortnightly access to free business mentors including the University’s Entrepreneurs in Residence, attended networking events and extra-curricular skills development workshops. There was also the opportunity to fine-tune their business ideas at the annual Business Plan Hackathon before deciding to pitch to the BETA Enterprise funding panel in either January, March or May for business start-up support grants of £1,500.
Over 60 students undertook the programme this year from a variety of Faculties. In 2016, 8 innovative student teams were awarded start-up support grants of £1200 each with teams from the Faculties of Business, Science and Engineering and Arts and Humanities. It was brilliant to see pro-active student start-ups tackling diverse areas such as virtual reality training, sustainable energy and underwear (re)-design.
The BETA Enterprise Programme gives current students the opportunity to improve their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills through the development of a business idea in a supportive environment alongside their course studies. BETA Enterprise provides students with a clear programme of support to help them grow and develop their business idea from formation to creation providing mentoring from a variety of business experts along the way. The program acts as an integral part of their University experience and parallels the opportunities that exist within work-based placements. Students receive training in the form of interactive workshops, guest lectures, networking events and access to a variety of internal and external resources to give them the best chance of generating an income from their experimental business.
For a University wide context, an enterprising student would receive free weekly business idea mentoring, attend workshops etc. to develop their enterprising idea into a viable business idea with the help of the BETA Enterprise programme before moving on, near graduation to receive further advice and rent high quality space within the Formation Zone once their idea has matured to a viable stage.
For more information please see https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/schools/plymouth-business-school/enterprise-beta-programme or contact Amber.firstname.lastname@example.org