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Graduates get free support to turn their ideas into reality

Thinking of starting your own business? Newcastle University's free online course can help graduates turn their ideas into a reality.

Open from 15 February – 20 March 2016, the FutureLearn course, 'The Enterprise Shed: Making Ideas Happen' is aimed at those who want to set up a social enterprise, initiate a community project, or start a new business venture.

The highly-participatory course explores where ideas come from and how people can take steps to jump-start their creative thinking as well as offering advice to help them make sense of everyday problems.

The team behind The Enterprise Shed have created a community for learners to share and discuss their ideas with like-minded people. The course offers an approach to exploring entrepreneurial thinking not only in the business context, but also in the learner's home, work, community or even their country.

Graduate Support

Newcastle University already offers a unique package of support for alumni who are considering entrepreneurship through Rise Up, the Careers Service's support programme for students and graduates. Developing entrepreneurial graduates is a key part of the Rise Up team's activity, raising commercial awareness and enterprise skills through our learning and teaching activities.

Katie Wray, Lecturer in Enterprise and Lead Educator for the course said: “Newcastle University graduates are warmly invited to participate in the course and join an entrepreneurial community of individuals of all levels of experience in creating change in their own world.”

The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will allow Newcastle University graduates to meet fellow graduate entrepreneurs and re-engage with the University regardless of where they are now based. The Enterprise Shed also features case studies of a number of entrepreneurs who have developed their ideas with help from Rise Up.

Newcastle University alumnus and filmmaker, Jack Fisher, who produced a popular timelapse video of Newcastle, said: “Courses like The Enterprise Shed are exactly what's needed to help people connect with experienced entrepreneurs and share ideas with them. The advice and guidance from people who have succeeded in their ventures will go a long way towards helping learners find the confidence to do something with the ideas they already have.”

Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University, said: “This course reflects our vision of a civic university and our commitment to deliver real impact to the communities we serve and society as a whole.

“In The Enterprise Shed, learners will draw on our expertise in providing the best possible teaching for learning, as well as the entrepreneurial support offered by Rise Up. This will enable them to develop skills that fuel life changing ideas, and experiences that inspire action.”

Registration for 'The Enterprise Shed: Making Ideas Happen' is free and is open now until the end of the course in March via FutureLearn.

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published on: 2 March 2016