Entrepreneurship on campus – embedding enterprise in the curriculum, supporting student start-ups and increasing diversity


Morning, Tuesday, 10th March 2020
Central London


This conference will bring out latest thinking on developing enterprise and entrepreneurship in higher education.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Embedding enterprise in the curriculum;
  • Supporting student start-ups and increasing diversity; and
  • How universities can better support student entrepreneurs.

The conference will be an opportunity to consider significant policy developments and priorities for the new government.

It is also timed for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss recommendations from the Stace Review– commissioned by government and backed by the Prince’s Trust – which is considering the barriers preventing young people from starting up a business and will propose measures to support enterprising young people from all backgrounds.

The agenda looks at regional barriers to students becoming entrepreneurs, and what universities and others can do to drive forward growth in entrepreneurial activities in different areas of the country.

A further context for discussion is the government target for a 50% increase in the number of female entrepreneurs in the UK by 2030, following the recommendations of the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, which called on the business community to increase the resources available to education providers, including universities, to teach about starting a business.

Speakers and chairs

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Lord Bilimoria, Founder, Cobra Beer; Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Vice-President, CBI;
  • Wincie Wong, Head of the Rose Review Implementation, RBS; and
  • Alban Stowe, Senior Head, National Partnerships, The Prince’s Trust.

Further confirmed speakers include: Asa Calow, MadLab; Sherry Coutu, Founders4Schools; Daniel Evans, Birmingham Enterprise Community Employer; Professor Laura Galloway, Edinburgh Business School; Dr Christopher Haley, Nesta; Lynn Sheppard, Masood Enterprise Centre, The University of Manchester; Dr Lianne Taylor, University of East Anglia; Gareth Trainer, Enterprise Educators UK and Careers Service, Newcastle University; Professor Kiran Trehan, University of Birmingham; and Alice Hu Wagner, British Business Bank.

The chairs for this conference are: Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville and Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Vice Chair, APPG for Entrepreneurship.

The agenda

  • Supporting young entrepreneurs: findings from the Stace Review;
  • Implementing the Rose Review – key priorities;
  • Removing barriers to entrepreneurship – improving diversity and inclusion, access to finance, and providing entrepreneurial experience;
  • Entrepreneurial campuses – embedding enterprise education across the curriculum and building an entrepreneurial culture on campus;
  • Supporting students from start-up to scale-up – support networks, mentors, and collaboration between universities and finance providers; and
  • Improving mentoring and support for entrepreneurs across UK universities.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Higher Education Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Intellectual Property Office; the Welsh Government and UK Research and Innovation.

For more information and to register please click here.


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