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Tech City UK and UCL launch the Digital Business Academy

UCL and Tech City UK is launching the Digital Business Academy, the world’s first government-supported online learning platform to provide digital and business skills for anyone aspiring to start, grow or join a digital business. The programme is open to all UK residents and requires no pre-qualification.
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Archive of Enterprise Case Studies

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21 August 2013: CharityCheckout

UCL alumnus, Chester Mojay-Sinclare (BA Philosophy 2011) spent his gap year travelling and working within the fundraising industry in both the UK and Australia when the idea for AliveandGiving came to him. The website creates a way to give to charities in an open and considered way. More...

21 August 2013: How Lemonade made me an Entrepreneur!

Citrus Saturday is a programme developed by UCL Advances to help younger people learn about and experience starting up a business. More...

21 August 2013: Citrus Saturday is a refreshing lesson in fun, fulfillment and financial reward for young entrepreneurs

Josh, Andrew, Daniel and Oliver set up their first business, Albalous’ Juices, on 2nd July 2011. On their one big day of trading, the entrepreneurs achieved a profit of over £100. They were thrilled with the result. “I didn’t know much about running a business before but after this my knowledge had developed much further,” says Josh. More...

16 August 2013: Winterwood Tutors

When Winterwood Tutors approached SMILE in 2011, they were expanding at an alarmingly fast rate. While this was brilliant for the company, it presented the young directors with a host of problems to tackle that they had no experience with previously. More...

16 August 2013: Urban Beings

Urban Beings engages toddlers with the environment through a series of Treasure Hunts using what is already in the city. Set up by Yatwan Hui, an Urban Designer lecturer at Bath University with a degree in architecture and a Masters in Sustainable Urban Design (Sweden), the inspiration was a desire to teach young people how to love their city and not destroy their own community. More...

16 August 2013: University Mentoring

SMILE matched Anna Matthew’s business, University Mentoring Organistion (UMO), with mentor Kim Dolman after Anna approached UCL Advances for support. Her company was receiving increasing uptake from universities in its provision of mentoring by highly qualified professionals to students in London universities. New staff had been hired to meet the demands, and Anna wanted to ensure that “all was being done that could be to create and establish a solid and sustainable organisation which provided scope for growth and development of a much needed social enterprise.” More...

16 August 2013: The First Word

After meeting at a creative writing agency, Cristina Harvey and Neil Martin decided to set up their own business, offering copyrighting, branding and training workshops for organisations wishing to improve their team’s writing skills. Nearly a year later they had been very successful in securing clients, but with their increasingly hectic work schedule, they sought the guidance of a SMILE mentor to help them develop a long term strategy, reassess their finances and consider new contracts to enable them to make the business more sustainable.
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16 August 2013: Shout Communications

When Shout Communications first approached UCL Advances, the media industry was in a very different state from when they first began their broadcasting PR consultancy firm over ten years ago. Budgets had been cut in the wake of the recession and radio content production was no longer bringing them the same amount of business. Owners and longstanding friends Catherine Bayfield and Keren Haynes felt that their company had become stagnant over the past couple of years, and turned to UCL Advances to see how they could turn it around. More...

16 August 2013: Old School Thai

Old School Thai manufactures and distributes two lines of Thai curry paste – red and green. More...

16 August 2013: Madsen

Madsen is a Scandinavian restaurant and catering company based in South Kensington. Their food blends the traditional classics with modern Scandinavian cuisine, served in a warm atmosphere. After four years of trading, founder Charlotte Madsen Pringle felt it was time to develop the business and get to grips with the marketing of the restaurant. More...

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