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How can universities unlock graduates' entrepreneurial potential?

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How can universities unlock graduates' entrepreneurial potential?

University graduates are at an ideal time in their lives to become entrepreneurs. Studies have found them to be more inclined than non-graduates towards entrepreneurship, and more likely to found innovative, high value companies. Why is it then that only around 1% of graduates are starting their own business six months and even three years after leaving university, and how can we improve this?

Our research reveals that while universities already do a lot to support entrepreneurship, existing curricular and extracurricular training overwhelmingly focuses on students at the “pre-startup” phase, rather than graduates in the actual process of launching companies.

What graduate entrepreneurs really need are full-time, intensive programmes tailored to their requirements that offer mentoring, monitoring and training as well as practical necessities such as office space, low-cost business services, funding and networking. In other words, they need incubation.

In our latest publication, the Centre for Entrepreneurs explores how university incubators could unlock graduates’ entrepreneurial potential and help them create and sustain the innovative, high-value companies the UK needs.

Join us as we launch and discuss our report at Base KX, UCL's very own incubation space, and hear from a range of speakers including university incubator managers, graduate entrepreneurs, and the Centre for Entrepreneurs' own researchers.


Schedule:

6.15pm Registration

6.30pm Opening words, presentation of recommendations and panel discussion

7.45pm Drinks & networking

8.30pm Close


Speakers will include:

  • Luke Johnson, founder and chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurs

  • Matt Smith, director, Centre for Entrpereneurs

  • Maximilian Yoshioka, lead researcher at the Centre for Entrepreneurs

  • Charlotte Croffie, director for entrepreneurship, UCL

  • Stuart Rock, business journalist, entrepreneur and fellow of the Centre for Entrepreneurs

  • Eleanor Browne, manager of Formation Zone, Plymouth University

  • Agne Milukaite, founder of Cycle.land and University of Oxford graduate

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