EDUCCKATE Entrepreneurs


Application Process is now closed. You could express your interest by contacting Sarah Wolferstan (sarah.wolferstan@ucl.ac.uk) or Gai Jorayev (g.joraev@ucl.ac.uk). CAA will get in touch with you if the places become available.

EDUcation Cultural & Creative Knowledge Alliance for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs

  • Get free Mentor training & recruit the best of London’s talent

We are looking for 15 ENTREPRENEURS who will participate in mentoring training sessions that will equip them with skills/competences necessary to act as mentors of tomorrow’s Cultural & Creative entrepreneurs.

The project is organised in partnership with UCL Advances and local business centre, Hub Kings Cross.
The pilot training sessions & the mentored internships are carried out in the framework of the European project ‘EDUCCKATE’ co-financed by the European Commission, under the Directorate-General for Education and Culture

EDUCCKATE is developing a new approach to mentored internships in the Cultural and Creative Sector through this EC funded project. The project is co-ordinated by the Centre for Applied Archaeology, UCL, in partnership with Impact Hub Kings Cross. Together with our partners in 7 countries (universities and CC businesses and training organisations) we have developed a training and mentored internship scheme to help improve the entrepreneurial mindset and  employability of CC graduates. As part of this project UCL will offer 15 paid work placement to UCL recent graduates with a CC degree who would like to gain experience in the CC sector (in its broadest sense) and cultivate Entrepreneurship and business skills. The students will have been trained in Entrepreneurship (in partnership with UCL Advances) and will be matched with businesses at a matching event in November. The mentor-host will be part of a structured business mentoring programme that is linked to CC businesses and new talent in 7 countries, with the ambition to reach out in the future.

Mentoring: As the focus of the training is  on increasing the enterprise skills (as well as work readiness) of the intern, with mentoring as a key component of the internship, the intern should be exposed to various aspects of the running of the business and could count on the support of his/her mentor in developing whichever area they mutually decide to concentrate on. However, he / she can still be asked to focus on one main area of the business, so long as it is not entirely research / academic focused. 

Matching: The matching event will be a brief informal evening event with refreshments. Business / student profiles will be posted in advance through our on-line networking platform where participants can create a profile, upload multi media content and post information on their organisation, their business idea. During the event Business-mentors will receive pitches from students – there will be a brief break to circulate – followed by more pitches. The organisers will then ask businesses if they wish to interview specific students in more depth that evening. We aim to conclude the matches soon after. We are hoping to recruit over and above our target number so that there will be a choice for both students and businesses.

Logistics: The three-month FT (six-month PT) work placements can starting at any point during the period Jan-June 2014 but must end by August 2014 when the project closes. It is expected that the intern would have a desk at the host organisation for a % of their placement, although this will depend on the sector. There will be an internship agreement and formal kick off meeting set up by UCL, and there will be a get out clause if things aren’t working out – though we would obviously hope to avoid this at all costs. The mentoring experience will be supported through the on-line platform where both mentors and mentees are invited to keep a log of their learning. This informal learning will be evaluated using the Level-5 tool in partnership with the Reveal Network.