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RAU enterprise programme receives major donation
We are delighted to announce that our award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme, which provides students with tailored support through the business start-up journey, has received a valuable cash injection from a very generous donor.
Mohamed Amersi is a Governor at the Royal Agricultural University and Founder and Chairman of the Amersi Foundation and Inclusive Ventures Group. He has promised a regular donation to the programme, which will help us to continue to provide invaluable proof of concept funding for students testing their business ideas.
Katy Duke, Head of Enterprise at the RAU, said: “The RAU Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme is truly grateful to the Amersi Foundation, and the Inclusive Ventures Group, for their kind donation. The donation will allow us to support more students who are at the beginning of their start-up journey via our First Steps Fund which provides £250 grants to help students prove their concepts. However, the majority of the donation will be used to set-up a new proof of concept fund, Next Steps, which will allow students to apply for funding (up to £1,000) to help overcome barriers to launch which we would not have been able to do without this kind donation.”
Mohammed visited our new Trent Lodge Enterprise Centre in November last year, and was so impressed by the enterprising students that he met; including Max Taylor, third year International Business Management student and Co-Founder of Jack and Griffiths luxury British shoe business, that he offered to provide funds to help support the Programme.
The donation will be used to support our First Steps Fund, which provides a student with £250, an enterprise mentor, and access to the hot desks and meeting rooms at Trent Lodge, to help them to prove their business concept and develop it further.
The remaining funds will be used to set-up a new initiative called the Next Steps Fund, supported exclusively by the Amersi Foundation and Inclusive Ventures Group. The Next Steps Fund will allow students, who have already received First Steps Funding, to apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help them cover the cost of a specific item or service which is vital to help them launch.
The Amersi Foundation, and the Inclusive Ventures Group, are pleased to support the Next Steps Fund at the Royal Agricultural University.
Mohamed Amersi has offered some advice to budding entrepreneurs: “At an early stage in my career, I was told that it doesn’t matter how many times you fail. It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. How true this is! Wishing you all the very best in your endeavours.”
The first interview round of the Next Steps Fund will be at the end of this term. If you are interested in applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is Friday 24 February.