BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: latest news and events

Vibes from Babson

Another summer another Babson Build – Sam White and Hannah Fleming, both studying BSc Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and MSc Entrepreneurship respectively, couldn’t look cheerier after completing the authentic Babson experience right on campus in Boston, Massachusetts. 



Babson Build is an entrepreneurship boot camp delivered by Babson College - the world’s foremost entrepreneurship educator measured by start-up creation. 

Alongside other international delegates, Sam and Hannah took sessions in design thinking, market testing and business negotiation from 10 to 15 July and now back in Plymouth we can feel the vigour – they’ve been buzzing. Sam was overwhelmed by the mix of cultures but now has ‘a greater understanding of how an entrepreneur thinks and acts’. Hannah is confident and says ‘I have lots of notes to go through on how to make my entrepreneurial journey even better’. 

Their places were funded by the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre as members of the Babson Collaborative Network after they emerged successful from a competitive application process in May. 

For more information about Babson Build please contact emily.beaumont@plymouth.ac.uk.

Budding entrepreneurs visit Eden

The 2016-17 academic year saw the introduction of a maiden ‘Foundations of Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ module to offer an additional pathway in entrepreneurship to foundation level students of management, government and law. With topics ranging from generating entrepreneurial opportunities to the process of innovation, all 13 students enrolled on the module showed a keen interest in understanding and exploring entrepreneurial possibilities. In fact, three students came up with a simple idea that we think is patentable and commercialisable so watch this space! To cap off a brilliant experience on the module, the group visited the Eden Project where Dan Ryan, Eden Project’s Educator, gave a talk on Eden’s entrepreneurial origins and bias for innovation through ‘biomimicry’. It was an engaging field trip that included a walk in the biome on the very new rainforest walkway. We just cannot wait to nurture the potential of students that will come through to the BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship course.

 

Local entrepreneurs help business enterprise students realise their business dream

Jodine Boothby, the brains behind Calstock-based Gummee Ltd and Colin Nicklas, the founding director of 28Quest, an independent leadership, coaching and performance improvement consultancy, have been helping budding entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into reality. Mrs Boothby and Mr Nicklas, experienced entrepreneurs were invited by Plymouth University to sponsor and advise a group of final year BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship students, developing a business as part of the Young Enterprise Start Up Programme, under the guidance of Dr Emily Beaumont.




Jodine Boothby, MD Gummee Ltd: “Being able to sponsor the students has been extremely exciting for Gummee Ltd. As an entrepreneur and being so passionate about business, it has been wonderful sharing tips and passing on some of our business know-how. It is great to see such innovation and awesome teamwork from the students; they should be very proud of themselves!”

National recognition for Inspiring Futures

Inspiring Futures, a curriculum project which engages students from BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in consultancy projects with real businesses, has been highly commended at the National Enterprise Educator Awards. It was nominated for the Higher Education Team Enterprise award at the ceremony in September 2016. Inspiring Futures has been running for five years, and is woven into assessed modules which teach students about employability and enterprise while developing their professional skills.

Entrepreneurs Lunch with Dominic List

The Futures Entrepreneurship Centre in partnership with Thomas Westcott were delighted to host the first annual Entrepreneurs Lunch on Friday 23 September. The aim of this event was to give students on business enterprise and entrepreneurship the opportunity to meet others studying at the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre Team and network with the leading entrepreneurs involved in their course.

Speaking at this year’s Entrepreneurs Lunch was Plymouth University alumni and successful entrepreneur Dominic List. Graduating with a Plymouth University degree in design, technology and business, Dominic List is one of Plymouth University’s most successful alumni. So far he has launched three businesses, collaborated with arguably the best known of all UK entrepreneurs – Sir Richard Branson, and appeared on the popular Channel 4 show, The Secret Millionaire. But the journey is far from complete, and Dominic is always on the lookout for new projects which he can throw everything into.

Student’s ‘Build’ in Boston

This July, two students from BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship were supported to attend the internationally acclaimed Babson Build Programme at Babson College, Boston, USA. The Futures Entrepreneurship Centre at Plymouth University works in partnership with Babson College to advance Entrepreneurship Education across the world. The Babson Build programme is a globally renowned entrepreneurial education programme designed to prepare students to create economic and social value in any kind of organisation. Star Plymouth University student’s David Read and Sophie White said it was "a fantastic opportunity to meet entrepreneurial students from all over the world" and "Babson Build was incredible, the lecturers were interesting, engaging and relevant. It connected entrepreneurial theory and action with practical examples and had us explore these through in class practical activities."

Programme Leader voted to Enterprise Educators UK Board

Dr Emily Beaumont, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Enterprise Educators UK – the national network for enterprise educators. The organisation has been supporting and developing enterprise education for more than 14 years, bringing together more than 1,500 enterprise and entrepreneurship educators and practitioners from around 100 UK higher and further education institutions. The network is run by a board of directors elected from the membership. Dr Beaumont noted that "being voted on to the Board of Directors for Enterprise Educators UK is an exciting opportunity to represent the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre and BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on a national platform. I look forward to working with colleagues from around the UK in developing enterprise education."

Business students win enterprise challenge

A group of students on the BSc Enterprise and Entrepreneurship fast track course, spent a day exploring the entrepreneurial mindset at Dartmoor Zoo.

As part of the Zoo’s Enterprise Challenge, students were tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that Dartmoor Zoological Park confidently exceeds the requirements of the Zoo Licensing Authority in meeting its obligations with regard to conservation, education and scientific research.

Find out more about their experience

Students ‘Inspiring Futures’

March 2016 saw Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship students complete another successful year of the Inspiring Futures Project. Inspiring Futures gives students the opportunity to work on consultancy projects which address real business issues set by organisations. Since 2011, more than 1000 students have undertaken in excess of 200 consultancy reports, for over 100 organisations, with an estimated value to the local economy of £250,000.

Guest lecture: Paul Randall

Paul Randall, Plymouth University alumni and founder of Rainbow Zebra spoke to Entrepreneurship students in February 2016, sharing his knowledge and experience from setting up and running his own business after graduating. Students were given a unique insight in to what can be achieved after graduating from Plymouth University.

Find out how studying at Plymouth gave Paul the knowledge to start up his own business

Apprentice star advises Entrepreneurship students

Star of BBC 1’s 'The Apprentice’, Brett Butler-Smythe visited Plymouth University in February 2016 to talk about his time on the show and his business ventures since with Entrepreneurship students at Plymouth University. He said: “Appearing on The Apprentice has change the way I look at business, and my experience on the show has given me a new lease of life in so many ways”. 

Find out more about Brett's visit 

Guest lecture: Jon Catney

Jon Catney, founder and managing director of Instachimp and Plymouth University alumni spoke to students about his entrepreneurial journey since graduating in 2012. Instachimp is a worldwide marketing tool, ready to be used to promote events, businesses and brands in almost any geographical location. In this guest lecture students learnt about how and why Instachimp was started and what top tips Jon had for enterprising students.

Business enterprise students pitch perfect

This January, students on business enterprise and entrepreneurship had the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of experts as part the BETA Enterprise Programme. The BETA Enterprise Programme aims to improve students’ entrepreneurial abilities by providing a comprehensive programme of support for their business ideas including the opportunity to secure up to £1,500 worth of funding. If you are a student at Plymouth University with a business idea and would like to take part in the BETA Enterprise Programme, please register your interest through the blog

Guest lecture: Rob Holmes

Rob Holmes, Co-founder and former managing director of The Gro Company, gave an inspirational guest lecture to students on BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in October 2015.   A humorous and driven speech, inspired by his past adventures in business, Rob imparted his Top Ten Tips for Business which set students on track in their entrepreneurial journey.


Guest lecture: Trevor Worth

CEO of Portcullis Legals, Trevor Worth visited the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre in October 2015 to speak to students on BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Trevor has been running his own legal services practice for 27 years and places innovation at the heart of his business endeavours.  Our students were motivated by Trevor’s energy and passion for business and will look to apply his advice going forward.  


Students go green with Hotbox 500

In September 2015, business enterprise and entrepreneurship students took up a unique opportunity to develop their creativity and innovation through Hotbox 500. 

Hotbox 500 is a project that tasks students with transforming 500 units of unwanted product into something that could be sold or traded creating impact for the community while also demonstrating a sustainable approach to using physical resources, respecting the natural environment.

Welcome business enterprise and entrepreneurship students

This September saw the arrival of Plymouth University’s first ever cohort of business enterprise and entrepreneurship students on to the new two year fast track degree course. 

Their induction week included a talk from local entrepreneur Phil Hague from The Real Food Kitchen, followed by a tour of Plymouth’s most established enterprise, Plymouth Gin.

Programme Leader meets The Range Founder and Owner Chris Dawson

In February 2015, Dr Emily Beaumont attended the opening of the 100th The Range Store in Plymouth. Mr Dawson revealed the winner of The Range Business Plan competition, Plymouth University student and BETA Enterprise Programme participant Gideon Asamoah

It was a fantastic opportunity to showcase Plymouth University’s enterprising students to one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Business enterprise and entrepreneurship with Rob Holmes

On Thursday 22 January 2015 Rob Holmes, founder of the Gro-Company, business mentor and public speaker visited Plymouth University to speak to applicants for BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

His inspirational and humorous talk gave students an insight in to the career of a successful entrepreneur.

Business enterprise and entrepreneurship at The Herald Business Awards

The Herald Business Awards presents Plymouth with an annual opportunity to celebrate and reward the businesses and individuals who are helping to drive this wonderful city forward, economically, culturally and socially, towards its goal of becoming Europe’s premier waterfront destination. Plymouth University is proud to sponsor the Social Enterprise of the Year Award and members of the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, including Director Professor Gideon Maas, and the programme leader for BSc (Hons) Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Dr Emily Beaumont, were invited to attend and congratulate the winners.