Tastes of entrepreneurship on show at Advances networking evening

01 August 2014

Foodies whose businesses have been supported by UCL Advances had the opportunity to showcase their wares at a networking evening organised to bring together academics, businesses, mentors and investors by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).

The businesses involved have received support from a variety of UCL Advances programmes, including businesses started by students which have been advised by the division’s student business advisors, businesses which have hosted interns funded by UCL, and businesses which have participated in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme.

Participants showcasing their produce included student businesses Livia’s Crumbles and Green Lady, which served delicious crumbles and sparkling green tea; Mamuska and the Hackney Brewery, who provided a selection of Polish food and beers brewed in London and who participated in the 10,000 Small Businesses Programme; and The Honest Carrot, which provided vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food. The business benefited from a mentor which was facilitated by UCL Advances’ business support service.

As well networking and food and drink tasting, the event also saw a speech from Penny Daly, a serial entrepreneur who now manages a social enterprise management and training consultancy and works also as a trustee of a food charity.

The event was hosted by the Enterprise Europe Network, through which UCL Advances partners to offer services to international clients. The organisation works to put universities and businesses in touch across borders to build commercial, technological or research partnerships. The organisation also helps companies build consortiums which are eligible for European funding to take their businesses to the next level.