Kelly Smith is currently Course Director of the BA Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Coventry University, one of a very small number of undergraduate-level new venture creation degrees in the UK. She lectures, face-to-face and online, on topics such as personal and entrepreneurial development, hi-tech entrepreneurship, and social media for business.
Previously, Kelly was Head of Enterprise and a Principle Enterprise Fellow at the University of Huddersfield. Kelly managed the University’s Enterprise Team, helping students and graduates explore self-employment and business and social enterprise start-up and worked across Yorkshire with the Graduate Entrepreneurship Project. She was also responsible for the University’s BA in Enterprise Development new venture creation degree. Prior to her move to Huddersfield, Kelly was Project Manager of the West-Midlands wide Technology Enhanced Enterprise Education initiative.
Kelly is Vice President for Education and Practitioner Learning for the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Co-Chair of ISBE’s Enterprise Education conference track. Previously, she was a Chair of EEUK.
Kelly has a strong interest in the use of learning technologies and social media to support enterprise education and early stage business start-up, and has a reputation as one of the most influential enterprise educators on Twitter. She has a record of conference presentation and journal publications on topics including engagement with graduate business start-up, and enterprise skills training for postgraduate research students. Kelly was a member of the writing panel for the highly influential QAA guidance for enterprise and entrepreneurship education, and the APPG Microbusiness report: An Education System Fit for an Entrepreneur.