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  • Spark Award

    Are you ready to dive into the world of start-up? Breathe your entrepreneurial dreams to life!

    Spark Award is a 6-week introduction to business start-up programme. Each session will be delivered by a different specialist mentor on various subjects, in order to best position you to begin your entrepreneurial journey.  It's an incredible opportunity sponsored by Santander Universities for anyone that wants to gain valuable mentoring, expert training and up to £1,250 to test and develop an idea in a low-risk way! 

    Take the first step to start your venture, by equipping you with the skills you need to take your idea to the next level.  

    Join our introductory course, register for our sessions via Eventbrite below and fill our registration form here.

    Come and pitch for funding - submit the application form by noon on Friday, 15 November and you will be invited to the Pitch @ the Pub held on Tuesday, 26 November! You will be asked to pitch your idea, in front of an audience of supportive peers and the Enterprise Support team!

    Before submitting application to Pitch @ the Pub for SPARK Programme Semester 1, please read these terms and conditions carefully.

     Want to find out more? Book a 1:1 with a member of the team. 

  • Spark Award programme 1 October - 12 November 2019

    Lean Start-up Method and Mindset - Your Why, How and What

    Lean Start-up Method and Mindset - Your Why, How and What

    Tuesday 1 October, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Oxford Brookes University JHB 204, Oxford

    James Lemon, a specialised start-up and travel consultant from The Growth Works, will breakdown the jargon and simply explain the key concepts and principles to taking an idea forward fast with fewest resources using the ‘Lean Start- Up Methodology’.

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    Understanding Customers - Creating Products and Solutions that Sell.

    Understanding Customers - Creating Products and Solutions that Sell

    Tuesday 8 October, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Oxford Brookes University JHB 204, Oxford

    This session will focus on inspirational strategies that help sell products, as well as to look at the greater understanding of customers' issues, needs and challenges and the difference between selling a product and selling a solution, which may not be apparent.

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    Money 101- What will it really cost to start-up?

    Money 101- What Will it Really Cost to Start-up?

    Tuesday 15 October, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Oxford Brookes University JHB 204, Oxford

    Are you at a very early stage of your business idea and you would like to have a better understanding of how to forecast your start cost, when to register with HMRC, and what for? This is for you! Come along to hear more about how to fund your idea or what are general practices with professional accountant and business adviser, James Pitt.

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    Intellectual property:Protect your Idea & Boost your Business Growth

    Intellectual Property: Protect your Idea & Boost your Business Growth

    Tuesday 29 October, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Oxford Brookes University JHB 204, Oxford

    Find out all you need to know about registered designs for your business and unincorporated v.s. incorporated legal structures or the most well-known types of IP such as; copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. You will look at affordable strategies that will protect your business idea from being stolen and more. Come along to this IP session with Edward Cole - our IP and Commercialisation Manager at Oxford Brookes University.

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    Branding - Design your Business Model & Align your Goals for Success

    Branding - Design your Business Model & Align your Goals for Success

    Tuesday 5 November, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Oxford Brookes University JHB 203, Oxford

    In a crowded, competitive and constantly changing world, Brands cut through the chatter to connect with their customers. Carefully curated brands build trust and loyalty by satisfying and surpassing their stakeholders’ expectations. This workshop provides a holistic system to create, manage and sustain an effective brand strategy. Join Author, TEDx Speaker and Brand Strategist, Paul Hitchens as he reveals what you need to know before creating your perfect brand.

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    Pitch Perfect - Learn how to deliver an impactful pitch

    Pitch Perfect - Learn How to Deliver an Impactful Pitch (rescheduled)

    Tuesday 19 November, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Oxford Brookes University JHB 208 (Chakrabarti), Oxford

    For the Pitch Perfect event, we are welcoming Emma Zangs, a choreographer and communication coach who has extensively worked with accelerators helping start-ups to deliver impactful pitches. Her choreography background brings a fresh perspective to the way people run pitches and presentations. She will be sharing how to overcome your speaking fear, how to achieve rock-solid confidence around posture, voice, hand gestures, eye contact, clear diction and hosting (or "owning the room”) but mostly how you speak aligns with what you say.

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