2022 Finalists

Enterprise Catalyst – an individual or team from HE or FE who are delivering exceptional enterprise education or practice inside or outside the curriculum

IKEEP: Intrapreneurial Knowledge Exchange Enterprise Pathway

University of Exeter

The IKEEP programme has successfully trained 1,850+ students and supported 435+ students through 147 Knowledge Exchange Projects in collaboration with industry partners. Underlying these numbers are high satisfaction and relevance scores, indicating the value of the programme to both students and participating organisations. The value of the IKEEP programme to the development and delivery of enterprise education and entrepreneurship education can be found in: i) its analysis of students’ motivating factors for participating, ii) its insights into students’ career plans and the impact of training and KEPs thereupon, iii) its evidence of intrapreneurship education as a gateway to entrepreneurship

Sunderland Creatives Agency

University of Sunderland

Sunderland Creatives Agency is an exciting new student-led agency, promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship through a unique and true collaboration between the University of Sunderland and award-winning commercial consultancy Creo Comms. Open to students from its Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries, Sunderland Creatives Agency harnesses the skills of students from a range of disciplines, providing them with live projects – generated by Creo Comms– to hone their skills with the support of proven professionals who guide the process.  Students gain valuable experience of pitching for commissions, working with clients and collaborating with others as they deliver their work.

The Centre for Fashion Enterprise

University of the Arts London

The Centre for Fashion Enterprise at London College of Fashion is a new team of enterprise academics embedding enterprise within the LCF curriculum to ensure our students are equipped to build a better and more sustainable world. Since relaunching in 19/20, we have applied a multi-discipline approach in physical and digital environments to deliver enterprise competencies to 1139 students. We have created a Progression Framework grounded in learning by doing, experience-based approaches, and practical applications. Collaboration with LCFs Graduate Futures has developed an Enterprise Pipeline where entrepreneurial learning is explored within the curriculum and then developed through extracurricular activities.

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Entrepreneurship Catalyst – an individual or team from HE or FE who are delivering exceptional entrepreneurship education or practice inside or outside the curriculum

UCL Entrepreneurship

University College London

UCL Entrepreneurship is central multifunctional team who deliver a high quality extracurricular programme to enhance the student experience, develop entrepreneurial mindsets and create high quality UCL graduate start-ups. We are privileged to support talented UCL students so widely recognised who created 66 new startups during 2019/20 (HEBCIS) We are delighted to share that 14 UCL alumni have been named in the Forbes’ annual ‘Top 30 Under 30’ list of leading entrepreneurs and creatives in Europe May 2022 

Durham Venture School

Durham University

Durham Venture School is a talent-led venture creation programme, the first of its kind in higher education sector. Twenty-six individuals worked in teams to explore significant problems in the world and developed solutions from which new startups were conceived. Eight impact driven startups made it through to the phase two of the programme and benefitted from pre-seed investment, mentoring from members of Durham’s global alumni community and inspirational visits to London, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. These startups have gone on to receive investment, access accelerator programmes and win contracts with major customers.

Making entrepreneurial pathways accessible: routes to suit individual entrepreneurial intentions and motivations

Manchester Metropolitan University

The embedded entrepreneurship routes enable students to explore and progress within the field of entrepreneurship whether they are driven by financial, societal or community motivations. The pathways are researched informed, building on PhD research being undertaken by the team members. The team have also used student consultation and feedback from peers, via presenting at IEEC 2019. Individual opportunities for entrepreneurial learning are at the heart of what we do through the provision of our flexible and inclusive curriculum. From day one until graduation, we strive to nurture personalised entrepreneurial intentions and motivations!

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Rising Star in Enterprise Education – an exceptional individual at the early stage of their enterprise or entrepreneurship education or practice career in HE or FE who is making an exceptional contribution while demonstrating their potential for transformational future impact.

Isabelle Ford

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Nominated by Professor Jacqui Boddington

Isabelle has rapidly become an essential member of our team, her professionalism, drive and enthusiasm coupled with a love of a Gannt chart and Trello board have had a real impact on students and staff alike. A rapidly attained, yet well rounded understanding of enterprise and entrepreneurship education has underpinned a strong desire to have a real impact on those around her. Above all, Isabelle is a team player, building networks which stretch across and beyond Cardiff Met and attracting collaboration which has multiplied our effectiveness as an organisation

Errol Hemans

Nottingham Trent University

Nominated by Paul Wreaves

Errol has developed an insatiable appetite for pushing the boundaries on what is possible about promoting and exploring international entrepreneurial enterprise education. Over the last three years, he has actively connected with several of our international partners to explore and extend the internationalisation of research-led pedagogic teaching, learning and scholarly activity. He intends to enhance the learning experience by creating positive, engaging modules, and online mechanisms to enhance student engagement and experiential learning resources. Which may lead to employability or business opportunities for students in a borderless world characterised by rapidly changing patterns of international trade and human capacity investment.

Dr Shruti Narayanswamy

University of St Andrew’s

Nominated by Cat Wilson

Dr Shurti Narayanswamy is a rising star in Entrepreneurial Education in St Andrews and across the sector. The University aspires to be an institution of entrepreneurial excellence and Shruti has been at the helm of developing and implementing a raft of award-winning initiatives for staff and students. Shruti delivers academic credit-bearing modules, as well as managing a range of co-curricular activity and working with student and community groups on extra-curricular activities too. She is passionate that enterprise is for everyone, and works innovatively, collaboratively and committedly in all that she does.  

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Pioneer in Enterprise Education – an exceptional individual who is actively influencing and driving transformational change and creating impact related to enterprise and entrepreneurship education or practice within their organisation and across the sector

Dr Gosia Mitka

University of St Andrew’s

Nominated by Professor Frank Lorenz Muller

The University’s commitment to the strategic pillar “Entrepreneurial St Andrews” has had a transformative effect on the entire institution and now informs not just our curricular offering and teaching/assessment formats but also the ways in which different parts of the University come together to deliver for students, staff, external stakeholders and the local community. We are particularly proud of the progress that has been achieved in the area of Entrepreneurial Education and how the development of this field complements and reinforces other key strategic priorities such as diversity/inclusivity and sustainability

Dr Colin Rigby

Keele University

Nominated by Emma Bonfiglio

Dr Colin Rigby is a dedicated enterprise educator who ensures that Keele delivers an authentic learning experience for our students.  His commitment to this vision has created opportunities for learners across the whole institution and beyond, both nationally and internationally. His teaching ensures our students are gaining enterprise skills such as systematic creativity and problem solving and often employs strategies that help our students to ‘pull’ the information they need from us as educators and take responsibility for their own learning and reflective practice.

Rachel Stockey

King’s College, London

Nominated by Julie Devonshire OBE

Rachel is a subject-matter expert on entrepreneurial skills and how they can support any career to flourish. As creator of the Seven Skills of an Entrepreneurial Mindset framework, Rachel has defined what it means to be ‘entrepreneurial’. She has developed a language for entrepreneurial skills that is universally accessible and understood, designing both an effective engagement tool and inclusive impact measurement for skill development across multiple programmes. Rachel has proven how skills such as disruptive thinking, validation of ideas and how to compel others with your ideas, can help people progress in all careers, both within and beyond start-ups.

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Inclusive Enterprise Education Award – an additional award that will be conferred on one entry from any of the above four categories and designed to recognise excellence in driving change in Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) in enterprise and entrepreneurship education or practice

#GreHacks – a new enterprise initiative at the University of Greenwich with EDI at its heart

University of Greenwich

GreHacks’ is a new initiative funded by the OfS and Research England, designed to explore the impact of KE on students. The programme is designed and delivered by the university’s enterprise centre the Generator, which runs a range of activities to support students and graduates to develop entrepreneurial skills and to grow new ventures. ‘GreHacks’ are two-day hacks that are run in partnership with local organisations who set challenges for student teams to solve. They have EDI values at their heart, as they’re designed to engage students typically underrepresented in extra-curricular opportunities, including carers, Disabled students, and BAME students.

Making Enterprise accessible for all!

Kingston University, London

Kingston Business School’s mission is to create “sought after students” and entrepreneurs of the future. Creating the platform to innovate and deliver impact for students is at the heart of our programme of work. Yuliana has spearheaded the enterprise and entrepreneurship programme building multiple exciting interventions across the business school and accessible to all driving insight and collaboration across teams and organisations. Liz has designed and delivered a strategic future skills development programme to underpin teaching with key skills required for students’ futures. Together they have made a powerful, lasting impact for KBS and continue to evolve in the future.

The development of an inclusive and collaborative enterprise catalyst to support, encourage and embrace Black diversity in the pharmaceutical industry

Kingston University, London

Our enterprise catalyst was co-created between higher education, industrial partners, Black students and alumni to address head-on the challenges of diversity and inclusion including ‘Black Lives Matter’. We are committed to developing specific initiatives to address the experience of Black students, including their differential outcomes in awarding gaps and employment prospects. We developed a dedicated programme to encourage more Black students to embrace careers in the pharmaceutical industry.  We contextualised and tailored creativity and innovation activities to equip Black students with new skills and confidence whilst raising awareness around the challenges they face in achieving their potential.

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People’s Choice

All of the above shortlisted entries were invited to submit a short video for online public voting to determine the winner of an additional ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Videos are now available here for public viewing. Cast your vote before 12pm on the 8th of September!