E-Challenge 2013

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The London Entrepreneurs’ Challenge (E-Challenge), the longest running workshop programme and business plan competition now in its 11th year, is your chance to start up a business this summer. UCL Advances, on behalf of UCL, will be tailoring this programme to support budding entrepreneurs with ideas around: Tech, Social, Creative and Life Sciences, giving you the skills to start up a business.

The E-Challenge will provide a unique blend of practical workshops, opportunities to engage with customers and investor pitches to secure funding to allow you to reach the next crucial milestone in developing your business.

Along the journey, there will also be expert mentoring sessions, networking events and social activities including a BBQ!

About the workshop

Participants will work in teams to develop their concepts. Over twelve weeks, the teams will brainstorm, research and pitch their concepts for feedback. Successful teams will get the opportunity to take their ideas to the next level – pitch for funding and launch to market.

You will learn the practicalities of starting your own business and the programme will take you from generating ideas to prototyping your products or services and finally to sell your products at selected locations across London.

There are three fixed sessions which delegates must be available for:

10 – 12 June 2013
Kick Off – networking, brainstorming ideas, concept development

25 – 29 July 2013
Validation – testing ideas, adapting and refining

28 – 29 August 2013
Pitch – your chance to win funding to start up your own business

Alongside the core programme above that you are expected to attend there will be a series of additional workshops. These are:

  • Customer Development/User Engagement
  • Marketing and Branding
  • The User journey
  • Price setting
  • Digital prototyping
  • Building a Desirable Product
  • Finance management
  • Customer feedback
  • Business planning
  • IP & Legal
  • Raising Finance

Who should attend?

Open to select London universities with limited places available – places will be allocated on a first come first serve so don’t miss out. UCL students, undergraduates and postgraduates,  particularly those with an entrepreneurial streak and looking to learn basic business concepts along with some of the hard and soft skills that are needed to succeed in a business for the long-term.

No knowledge of business or finance is needed and students of all disciplines will be welcome!


UCL and Bloomsbury

About the presenters

The programme will be taught through real-world examples and will be delivered by:

Timothy Barnes

Executive Director of UCL Advances

Tim joined UCL Advances in August 2007 from the for-profit sector where he spent the previous six years running his own business, which helped universities and large corporations to spin-out high technology companies. His clients included UCL, Birkbeck College, University of Surrey, the London Development Agency, the Centre for Scientific Enterprise Limited (CSEL), the BBC and Reuters. Projects ranged from developing a software company with target clients in financial services to researching the market for spin-out managers. Previously, Tim worked as an investment manager at a pan-European investment firm that specialised in early-stage technology ventures. While there, Tim was involved in a web service development tools company in Paris and a pan-European business services company, among other ventures. He also initiated the firm's university liaison programme, which included members from the UK, France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

A graduate of UCL, Tim began his professional life as a business consultant with a big-five firm in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Association of European Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP), Vice-President of the Friends' of UCL Trust and a member of the International Advisory Boards for Flywheel Ventures, an early-stage US venture capital company (http://www.flywheelventures.com/), and Venture Cup Denmark, a national programme that seeks to unearth Danish university entrepreneurs (http://www.venturecup.dk/).

Dr Dave Chapman

Vice Dean for Enterprise, Faculty of Engineering and Course director for MSc Technology Entrepreneurship.

Dave is Deputy Head of the Department of Management Science and Innovation, programme director for the MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship and Vice Dean (Enterprise) for the Faculty of Engineering. He is a founder and director of an oil-services company set up to exploit his previous research activities in 3D computer aided design and modeling.

Dave has also worked in UCL’s Technology Transfer Office as Business Development Manager for GIS and as a Senior Lecturer in UCL’s department of Geomatic Engineering and the founder and coordinator of the University of London MSc programme in Geographic Information Science.

Dave has deep practical and theoretical understanding of issues relating to science-led innovation and collaborative R&D between industry and academia and he remains deeply involved with the development and delivery of UCL’s entrepreneurship activities.

How do I register?

Booking for this event is now open.

Before registering, please ensure that you can attend the full three sessions. Failure to do so will incur an administration charge as per the terms and conditions below.

E-Challenge 2013 - Register Now


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