Develop your business ideas with bite-sized workshops

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Bite into entrepreneurship event

Oxford Brookes is offering students, staff and recent graduates the opportunity to develop their business ideas through a series of free workshops and seminars from top entrepreneurs.

Running for two years, the Bite into Entrepreneurship programme offers participants, particularly those without formal business training, an insight into how they can bring their own business ideas to life.  

The series of short seminars and workshops are held at lunchtime and are designed to give participants an accessible, bite-sized introduction to business skills and concepts from practitioners. Guest entrepreneurs are also invited to tell the story of how they got started and built their business.  

The first event takes place next Wednesday (5 October) from 12 noon to 2.00pm on the Headington Campus in the John Henry Brookes Building (JHB406).

Entrepreneur in the pub and restaurant business Peter Borg-Neal, who is CEO and founder of Oakman Inns will be a guest speaker at next week’s event, as well as Simon Biltcliffe, founder of successful print services specialist Webmart.

We hope that through the Bite into Entrepreneurship programme participants will be encouraged to think of founding and running their own business as a career option and will gain the confidence to take their first steps as an entrepreneur.

David Hartley, Oxford Brookes University

The programme is organised by the Research and Business Development Office (RBDO) at Oxford Brookes.  

David Hartley, Commercial and Knowledge Exchange Director in RBDO said: "We hope that through the Bite into Entrepreneurship programme participants will be encouraged to think of founding and running their own business as a career option and will gain the confidence to take their first steps as an entrepreneur."  

The Bite into Entrepreneurship programme also acts as preparation for entering the Oxford Brookes’ Student Business Plan Competition where students are asked to write business plans and financial projections for business ventures.  

Prizes are awarded in two categories, undergraduate and postgraduate, and the winners go on to compete in the national Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.  Despite being up against the best entries from across the university sector, Oxford Brookes students have been Santander finalists in three of the past four years.  

In June, a group of Oxford Brookes postgraduate students won the Student Business Plan Competition and were shortlisted for the Santander Awards for Prevision Glass, their project involving heated windscreen technology.  

Student Matteo Moretti said: “We didn’t know each other before, and we all were coming from a different cultural and working background. A few months later to win first prize at Brookes’ Student Business Plan Competition and then the final at the Santander Universities national competition was certainly a great success. This was possible mainly thanks to the support provided by all the people behind the organisation of the programme. I can clearly say that it gives you a real chance to start developing your own business or start-up.”  

To attend next week’s session or others registration is advised due to high demand. To book visit the website.