From student societies to organised workshops and awards, the RAU provides students with the tailored support they need to reach their maximum potential
RAU launches enterprise events for budding entrepreneurs
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has launched a packed programme of events to support and inspire its budding young entrepreneurs.
A finalist for the 2017 Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship at the Lloyd’s Bank Business Awards, the University has received national recognition for its enterprise programme.
Committed to enhancing the real-life business experiences available to our students, we offer weekly practical workshops throughout the autumn semester, for students from all courses to get involved with. They will focus on: idea generation, idea to reality, starting a business, creating a business model, PR, social media, finance and accounting, and legal matters.
Students will also benefit from sessions with high profile businesspeople, where they will gain an insight into how to set up and run a successful business enterprise:
- Emma Jones MBE, Founder of Enterprise Nation and a business ambassador
- Julian Dunkerton, Founder of SuperDry and CEO of SuperGroup
- Christine Cross, former Chief Retail Advisor at PwC runs a retail advisory business
Our Enterprise Programme provides robust support for students, at four levels of business start-up: ‘Think it’ ideal generation; ‘Try it’ test a concept; ‘Launch it’ start trading; and ‘Grow it’ develop the business.
We run a number of business competitions throughout the year, to help students develop their business ideas and gain confidence. The ‘Think it’ Challenge allows students to film a two-minute business pitch of their early stage business idea and compete for proof of concept funding. More seasoned entrepreneurs can take part in our Dragons’ Den-style Grand Idea business competition, and pitch their business to a panel of expert judges in the hope of winning a £1,000 investment.
Find out more about enterprise at the RAU.