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Upcoming Events

November 2017

Route to Startup Workshop #1: ThinkThrough

8 November 2017
13:00-16:00
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Thinkthrough is the first workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended a nest Enterprise Clinic.

This workshop is designed to:
* Test your ideas
* Explore the myths & realities of startup
* Identify models & approaches
* Understand your values & ambition

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Think about why you want to work for yourself
* Have a business idea you want to develop
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

Entrepreneurs Lounge – Marketing & branding

16 November 2017
10am-12pm
Floor 2 - Innovation Space

This workshop is for UoP student & graduate Startups looking for advice.

Marketing is an important part of any Startup. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money but a clear marketing strategy should be considered and developed. Your brand is one of your greatest assets. It’s not just your logo, slogan and design scheme, but your customer’s’ total experience of your business.

Not sure how or why your startup should be considering marketing – come and find out!

Join our award winning expert Ian Dickson, who has helped many startups like yourself.

The session will take the form of two parts: a short workshop followed by the chance to ask any questions you have specific to your startup and what you want to find out.

Route to Startup Workshop: Developstation 3 – The money side of things

28 November 2017
13:30-15:00
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Developstation 2 is the next workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended the Thinkthrough  & Developstation 1 workshops.

This workshop is designed to help you identify:
* Who are your competitors?
* Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your idea
* What makes your idea stand out?

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Complete any tasks following the Developstation 1 workshop
* Bring all completed worksheets and notes from previous RouteToStartup workshops
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

PLEASE NOTE: Developstation 1 (the first of the Developstation workshops in the RouteToStartup series) runs immediately before this and you can attend them both on the same day or register for an alternative date.
This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

December 2017

Route to Startup Workshop #1: ThinkThrough

5 December 2017
9:30-12:30
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Thinkthrough is the first workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended a nest Enterprise Clinic.

This workshop is designed to:
* Test your ideas
* Explore the myths & realities of startup
* Identify models & approaches
* Understand your values & ambition

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Think about why you want to work for yourself
* Have a business idea you want to develop
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

Entrepreneurs’ Lounge – Interacting with clients

6 December 2017
2pm-4pm
Floor 2, Innovation Space

This workshop is for UoP student & graduate Startups looking for advice.

Who are your clients? How do you find them? How do you interact with them? How do you keep them?

For any Startup it is important to know how to find and keep clients. Creating a professional relationship and setting expectations is key. So what exactly does this involve?

Great client relationships can lead to repeat business and them becoming your biggest advocates.

Come and hear from our expert Chris Reynolds who will share their experience and insider knowledge.

The session will take the form of two parts: a short workshop followed by the chance to ask any questions you have specific to your startup and what you want to find out.

Route to Startup Workshop: Developstation 1 – Who Needs Customers?

12 December 2017
09:30-11:30
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Developstation 1 is the next workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended the Thinkthrough workshop.

This workshop is designed to help you identify:
* Who is your customer?
* How do you reach them?
* Basic principles of sales and marketing

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Complete any tasks following Thinkthrough workshop
* Bring all completed worksheets and notes from previous RouteToStartup workshops
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

PLEASE NOTE: The next workshop in the RouteToStartup series (Developstation 2) runs immediately following this and you can attend them on the same day or register for an alternative date.

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

Route to Startup Workshop: Developstation 2 – Competition and the bigger picture

12 December 2017
15:15-16:45
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Developstation 2 is the next workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended the Thinkthrough  & Developstation 1 workshops.

This workshop is designed to help you identify:
* Who are your competitors?
* Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your idea
* What makes your idea stand out?

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Complete any tasks following the Developstation 1 workshop
* Bring all completed worksheets and notes from previous RouteToStartup workshops
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

PLEASE NOTE: Developstation 1 (the first of the Developstation workshops in the RouteToStartup series) runs immediately before this and you can attend them both on the same day or register for an alternative date.
This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

 

January 2018

Route to Startup Workshop #1: ThinkThrough

12 January 2018
9:30-12:30
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Thinkthrough is the first workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended a nest Enterprise Clinic.

This workshop is designed to:
* Test your ideas
* Explore the myths & realities of startup
* Identify models & approaches
* Understand your values & ambition

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Think about why you want to work for yourself
* Have a business idea you want to develop
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

Route to Startup Workshop: Developstation 3 – The money side of things

25 January 2018
13:00-14:30
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Developstation 2 is the next workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended the Thinkthrough  & Developstation 1 workshops.

This workshop is designed to help you identify:
* Who are your competitors?
* Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your idea
* What makes your idea stand out?

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Complete any tasks following the Developstation 1 workshop
* Bring all completed worksheets and notes from previous RouteToStartup workshops
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

PLEASE NOTE: Developstation 1 (the first of the Developstation workshops in the RouteToStartup series) runs immediately before this and you can attend them both on the same day or register for an alternative date.
This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

Entrepreneurs’ Lounge – Financing your idea

30 January 2018
2pm-4pm
Floor 2, Innovation Space

When starting up, the question of how you will finance your idea is always at the forefront of your thoughts.

From family & friends to crowdfunding, grants and investors – what does it all mean and what is the best option for your Startup?

Come and hear from our expert and Entrepreneur in Residence, Mark Smith who will talk you through some of the different sources of funding available to you and provide you with some top tips on how to approach investors.

Social Startup – Idea generation workshop

31 January 2018
13:00-16:00
Floor 2 Innovation Space

Are you interested in tackling social problems, improving communities, helping to improve people’s lives or the environment? If so, why not join our Social Startup programme.

The Social Startup programme is a series of workshops designed to take an idea, develop it and launch a social enterprise. Social Startup aims to inspire you and support you through a range of practical tools, resources, mentoring and networking activities.

This Idea Generation workshop is aimed at students and graduates* who would like to make a social impact but don’t currently have an idea.

Using a range of tools we will help you explore potential social startup opportunities that you may wish to develop.

If at this stage you are interested in developing the idea further we run a 5 week Social Startup programme to help you look at how your thoughts can be put into action.

You can develop an idea by yourself or as a team. By developing your social idea you will be on the journey to launching your own social startup.
*Graduates up to 5 years

 

February 2018

Route to Startup Workshop #1: ThinkThrough

6 February 2018
13:00-16:00
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Thinkthrough is the first workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended a nest Enterprise Clinic.

This workshop is designed to:
* Test your ideas
* Explore the myths & realities of startup
* Identify models & approaches
* Understand your values & ambition

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Think about why you want to work for yourself
* Have a business idea you want to develop
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

Social Startup programme

7 February 2018
13:00-16:00
Floor 2 Innovation Space

Are you interested in tackling social problems, improving communities, helping to improve people’s lives or the environment? If so, why not join our Social Startup programme.

The Social Startup programme is a series of workshops designed to take an idea, develop it and launch a social enterprise. Social Startup aims to inspire you and support you through a range of practical tools, resources, mentoring and networking activities.

The Social Startup programme workshops are aimed at students and graduates* who have a social idea that they would like to develop.

Using a range of tools we will help you explore your idea further and take you through the stages of developing it into a sustainable project/startup.

You can develop an idea by yourself or as a team. By developing your social idea you will be on the journey to launching your own social startup.

The workshops will provide you with practical tools and specific Social Startup resources designed to help you develop your idea and support is on hand throughout and after the programme.

Dates for the workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Wednesday 7th February 2018, 1pm-4pm
  • Workshop 2: Wednesday 14th February 2018, 1pm-4pm
  • Workshop 3: Wednesday 21st February 2018, 1pm-4pm
  • Workshop 4: Wednesday 28th February 2018, 1pm-4pm
  • Workshop 5: Wednesday 7th March 2018, 1pm-4pm

You will need to be free to attend all five workshops.

*Graduates up to 5 years

 

Entrepreneurs’ Lounge – Pitching your idea

22 February 2018
2pm-4pm
Floor 2, Innovation Space

Imagine you get that chance meeting with someone important in a lift, could you get across exactly what your idea is in time to get them interested?

Pitching for investment or potential customers require different skills to the above but getting it right makes all the difference.

Come and find out how to pitch your idea in order to make the best impression from our experts.

The session will take the form of two parts: a short workshop led by our pitching experts, followed by the chance to ask any questions you have specific to your startup and what you want to find out.

April 2018

Route to Startup Workshop #1: ThinkThrough

12 April 2018
9:30-12:30
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Thinkthrough is the first workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended a nest Enterprise Clinic.

This workshop is designed to:
* Test your ideas
* Explore the myths & realities of startup
* Identify models & approaches
* Understand your values & ambition

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Think about why you want to work for yourself
* Have a business idea you want to develop
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

Entrepreneurs’ Lounge – Fundamentals of Freelancing

26 April 2018
10am-12pm
Floor 2, Innovation Space

Have you ever thought of using your skills & knowledge to make money? Many do! From photographers to web designers, translators to sports therapists, writers to marketers. The potential is endless.

Freelancing is more about using your skills rather than having an ‘idea’.

Getting to work on a range of projects for different clients, being your own boss and having the independence to make your own decisions.

Come and hear from someone who has been there and done it, and is in fact still doing it. What do they wish they had know when starting out, what are their top tips and what are the first steps in getting started.

May 2018

Route to Startup Workshop #1: ThinkThrough

11 May 2018
9:30-12:30
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Thinkthrough is the first workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended a nest Enterprise Clinic.

This workshop is designed to:
* Test your ideas
* Explore the myths & realities of startup
* Identify models & approaches
* Understand your values & ambition

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Think about why you want to work for yourself
* Have a business idea you want to develop
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

June 2018

Route to Startup Workshop #1: ThinkThrough

5 June 2018
13:00-16:00
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Thinkthrough is the first workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended a nest Enterprise Clinic.

This workshop is designed to:
* Test your ideas
* Explore the myths & realities of startup
* Identify models & approaches
* Understand your values & ambition

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Think about why you want to work for yourself
* Have a business idea you want to develop
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).

July 2018

Route to Startup Workshop #1: ThinkThrough

4 July 2018
13:00-16:00
Innovation Space, Floor 2

Thinkthrough is the first workshop in the RouteToStartup series for those students & graduates who have attended a nest Enterprise Clinic.

This workshop is designed to:
* Test your ideas
* Explore the myths & realities of startup
* Identify models & approaches
* Understand your values & ambition

This is an interactive workshop working with other like-minded students & graduates.

In preparation for the workshop you will need to:
* Think about why you want to work for yourself
* Have a business idea you want to develop
* Bring a notepad/pen or laptop to record ideas, notes and develop plans

This event is open to UoP students and graduate (up to 5 years).