On 16 November 2018, the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) in collaboration with Innovation and Enterprise, hosted a 1-day training course on social enterprise.
The overall goal of this training course was to help Masters and PhD students develop an entrepreneurship mindset which enhances their employability skills and allows them to explore ways of using their research to develop a career outside traditional academic pathways.
The workshop was held at UCL business incubator- BaseKX - and was led by Dr. Mario Moustras, CEO and Founder of Mazamo Limited. The course focused on identifying solutions to actual humanitarian challenges and converting them into a businesses, by helping students:
- Building and/or developing own entrepreneurial thinking and set goals
- Starting the process of developing business ideas and identifying customers using the business model canvas.
- Testing enterprise ideas using the concept of a minimum viable product
- Improving working with others to attract the expertise and funding needed to start through using influence principles.
Furthermore, those students wishing to follow up from this course and take their business ideas further, had the opportunity to join the SPERO advanced enterprise programme , and the UCL competitions for start-up funding Explore £5,000 programme and Launch £10,000 programme.
“The workshop on developing entrepreneurial humanitarian solutions was fantastic. It built a great toolbox for working through the basics and clearly leads to a next step which is an idea generation workshop, which could be developed into a few strong commercials, road-tested ideas. Great initiative by UCL IRDR.”
Richard Lines, MSc student in Risk Disaster and Resilience at IRDR
Bespoke enterprise training is available to all UCL departments via Innovation and Enterprise. Each workshop can be customised to the research themes and needs of each participating department, faculty or doctoral training programme. Faculty staff interested in learning about creating tailored workshops should contact Janette Junghaus (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
For further information on support available to entrepreneurs at UCL please visit Innovation and Enterprise dedicated webpage.