The University of Gloucestershire together with its Students’ Union and The Growth Hub hosted its Venture into Enterprise conference aimed at budding business entrepreneurs on Saturday November 15th.
Dragons’ Den television star Levi Roots and South West Entrepreneur of the Year and founder of mobile app developer NeonPlay, Oli Christie were the keynote speakers at the event which gave attendees an insight into starting up their own business.
More than 50 students, staff, graduates, local colleges and Growth Hub start-ups attended the free conference that ran sessions ranging from getting into the mindset of an entrepreneur, how to develop a business plan, how to get finance through to how to market your business and how to make money in a changing world.
Speaking at the conference, Levi Roots, gave these words of wisdom: “The way I deal with pressure is to welcome it. Pressure means that things are happening; if you are trying to avoid pressure, you are also walking away from success”.
When asked if Levi felt that more should be done to join enterprise up with education, he responded: “Yes, yes, yes! The government should definitely bring enterprise back to the top of the agenda, and mentoring is a critical part of what needs to happen. More business people should be involved in mentoring those who want to start their own business”.
Oli Christie, founder and chief executive, shared his experience of starting his business NeonPlay. He said: “Enjoy the highs and ride the lows. Starting your own business is emotionally rewarding. Never give up. Ever”.
During the day, three awards of £100 went to attendees who wrote the best business plan in under 100 words. Two of the winning ideas were for smartphone apps, and the third was a community-based programme.
Stephen Marston, Vice Chancellor at the University of Gloucestershire said:“Great businesses start with great ideas, and that’s what this day was all about. We’re really privileged to have such fantastic entrepreneurs willing to share their experiences with us here at the University and I hope to see more businesses starting up as a result.”