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UCL delegation in Kansas to launch GCEC 2014
29 October 2013
A team from UCL has flown into the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres 2013 conference in Kansas to launch UCL’s plans around hosting the conference in London in 2014.
Head of Enterprise Operations at UCL, Timothy Barnes, launched a new video on Saturday explaining what makes UCL an ideal location for the conference. UCL is London’s global university with students from dozens of countries attending both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It is rated as one of the top ten universities in the world and has recently been rated as one of the top fifteen universities for employable graduates. UCL aims to support the creation of 500 new businesses by 2015 and so far has supported student and graduate entrepreneurs with over £500,000 of start-up funding.
Building on the theme of the 2014 conference – interconnectedness – the video features a montage of paper planes flying between different members of the UCL Enterprise team, including Timothy, Deputy Director of UCL Advances Gups Jagpal, founder of the MSc Technology Entrepreneurship Programme Dr Dave Chapman and Vice-Provost for Enterprise Professor Stephen Caddick.
It links with invitations to delegates for next year’s conference, which are the same design as the paper planes flown the video and which feature a map of London and details of the event in 2014.
“We wanted to mark the conference coming to London with someone quirky and different,” said Gups Jagpal, “and also for people to get a sense of London’s dynamism and creativity, which has a real influence on the entrepreneurship scene here.
“There’s plenty for people to learn from London and especially the way UCL Advances does things to support entrepreneurs from an idea to delivery in the city,” he added. “We really are at the cutting edge of innovating to support entrepreneurs and create successful start-ups, whether they be by students or staff.
“We’re hoping we will attract people from enterprise centres across the UK, Europe and further afield to make it a truly global gathering.”