A group of London's universities are launching a new collaboration – OpenSME – that seeks to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the expertise and knowledge they offer.
Education Cultural and Creative Knowledge Alliance for Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs
28 May 2013
Please give something back to the next generation of Cultural and Creative professionals by getting involved with a new mentored internship programme run at UCL – survey at http://tinyurl.com/bot98br
EDUCCKATE www.educckate.eu – Education Cultural and Creative Knowledge Alliance for Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs – is a pilot project co-financed by the European Commission – DG Education & Culture. The project – led by UCL’s Centre for Applied Archaeology – is run by a consortium of 11 partners in 7 countries and will run a mentored internship scheme to boost the innovation potential of HE institutions and companies, foster an entrepreneurial mind-set in students and promote entrepreneurship.
The project will recruit 15 mentors to be matched with 15 recent graduates from UCL (and in each partner country). Both mentors and mentees will get training in mentoring / entrepreneurship respectively and there will be a 3-month placement to follow (early 2014) in which an intern (who in the UK will be funded by UCL) can develop a business idea. Both training and the mentoring relationship will be evaluated using a new self-evaluation tool for validating informal learning.
We are in the needs analysis phase and have prepared a survey - the target is cultural / creative entrepreneurs i.e. the self employed / business owners and/or people involved in mentoring this sector – it only takes around 5 minutes and will help us to create a tailored mentoring programme and get a better picture of the sector and how mentoring can help to form the next generation of business leaders. The results will inform the development and adaption of mentoring and entrepreneurship training material to the cultural and creative sector. The deadline for responses is the end of May. Please answer the survey and forward it to entrepreneurs / business contacts in your network. If you want to get more involved, and perhaps come on the training for mentors and/or host an intern in our supported mentoring programme, it would be great to have you as one of our 15! So answer our survey!