Is one of your students the next Martha Lane Fox or Richard Branson?
6 June 2011
Stephen Caddick explains how StartUp Summer could help his university launch the UK’s next generation of entrepreneurs
By Stephen Caddick
What is StartUp Summer?
It’s a student entrepreneur development programme which involves the market research organisation YouGov and UCL working with Imperial College. It’s been designed to support the StartUp Britain campaign established by the prime minister to encourage entrepreneurship.
Why did you get involved?
UCL is the first research intensive university to have a separate pro vice chancellor appointment especially for enterprise. In my institution the research entrepreneurial potential is conjoined with the research potential. We translate the intellectual capacity of our students and help them create jobs for themselves and others which is part of the success of entrepreneurial prosperity. We have a lot of extra curricular activities to support student entrepreneurship, rather than encouraging entrepreneurship as part of the curriculum through the business school, because it gives many more students a taste of what it’s like to contemplate starting up a business.