Rise Up is a University campaign designed to inspire and support enterprising thinking and entrepreneurial ventures.
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Win a share of £500 and change the world!
November is an exciting month for entrepreneurs across the world. Every year, countries from six continents come together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week: an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity - to think big - and to turn their ideas into reality. This year, sponsored by TEDCO, Rise Up is hosting a week of exciting activities, offering you the opportunity to become involved in making a big change for a better future. Hosted by Professor Paul Younger, chair of the Planet Earth Institute's Global Scientific Committee, there will be a focus on the University's societal theme of sustainability throughout the week's activities. You can register here for your chance to take part and win a share of £500!
Rising Stars: 60 second Interview with NU Entrepreneurs...
Name: Robert Grisdale Company Name: ScratchBikes. Your Roles: Director Describe your business: Affordable self service bike-hire systems.
What or who inspired your business? What: Seeing the brilliant systems across Europe – and then seeing the price tag. Who: Rise Up in the Careers Service.
Age you started your first business: 23
What has been your biggest success/ achievement? Securing a deal to roll out a city-wide scheme
Biggest challenge faced in business so far? The crazy sleep deprived weeks leading up to the scheme launch. It’s all a big blur.
Best piece of advice (business) you’ve ever been given? Don’t delay tackling those niggling tasks.
Why do you think your idea was successful? It is sustainable business which is based on simplicity of use and affordability.
Best piece of advice you’d give to a student / graduate looking to start up? Start by talking to the Rise Up team in the Careers Service and take it from there.
What is the key to being a successful entrepreneur? Being a 24 hour person.
What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you first started out? You don’t have to sacrifice all forms of enjoyment to start up a business.
Would you do it all again? Yes, I would. I only regret not considering it sooner.
Favourite motto? Aim for the stars and you’ll at least reach the sky.
The Rise Up Pitch - your opportunity to Rise Up and shine
Do you want to be part of the next generation of successful entrepreneurs? If you have a business idea or an existing (early stage) business then the Rise Up Pitch is for you!
New and exclusive to Newcastle University students and graduates, you will get access to some of the region’s most influential and experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals who will provide you with invaluable advice tailored to your needs and connections to help you take your idea or business to the next level.
In addition, the Rise Up Pitch will give you access to a network of potential investors, whether you are looking for £1000 or £200,000 - this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
The first adviser session took place in October and was a huge success. Dr. Mandy Lloyd, who took part in the panel said: "I found the adviser workshop extremely useful. The panel was so friendly and their expertise spanned a variety of professions. I was offered useful advice and was challenged on my proposals for moving my business forward. The meeting gave me a lot to think about and I also made contacts who can hopefully assist me in the future. Thank you Newcastle University!"
The next adviser session will take place on Wednesday 23rd November and the investor panel will follow on 7th December. For more information on how to become involved please contact Claire Adamson or call into the Elevator.
Student Voice: The Rise Up Interns, SIFE, NUES
Rachel Horton, Rise Up Intern
Rise Up is delighted to present the Big Green Idea competition as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (14-18 November). Based on the week’s theme of sustainability, the competition is focusing on finding entrepreneurial solutions to real world problems. We’re encouraging you to look at a triple bottom line – people, planet and profits. Pick up an entry card in the Elevator in the Careers Service in King's Gate and submit your idea!
Come and meet the interns who will tell you what Rise Up offers. We’re here year-round, Mon – Fri 10am-4pm, to help you turn your business ideas into reality.
Katie Griffiths, President of Newcastle SIFE
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is an international non-profit organisation aimed at mobilising university students into making a difference both locally and internationally. Students are able to create and run their own social or environmental projects, wherever they feel there is a need.
We have an exciting new opportunity for students to be involved in mentoring local teenagers who are participating in the 'National Citizenship Service'. You will need to be available in Newcastle throughout this academic year up until the end of the summer. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with young people and gain practical new skills. If you are interested, please email Michael Byrne .We look forward to hearing from you! Find out more by visiting the SIFE website.
Dan Thompson, President of NUES
Newcastle University Entrepreneur Society (NUES) provides networking opportunities and inspirational events for students interested in enterprise.
If you are interested in the society, our next event is the perfect opportunity to become involved... We are bringing Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs to Newcastle! Silicon Valley is the home of many of the world's largest technology corporations and is the U.S. region of high-tech innovation and creativity and brings together a global collective of inspired developers. The event is on the 18th November at 6pm in the King's Gate building and is free to attend. For more details please click here or E-mail Dan Thompson
Rise Up Newsround Headlines
NU Students Scoop Top National Award
The Rise Up Student Committee won the Student Educator award sponsored by The National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) and the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, at the annual National Enterprise Educator Awards in September. The Committee, which has representatives from all the main student-led enterprise and entrepreneurship societies at Newcastle University, stood out in this category for creating a robust and identifiable ‘enterprise’ community on campus. For more information about the Committee contact Rise Up Intern Rachel Horton
Two NU Start-ups Steal the Show at the 8th Regional Grand Final of Blueprint: The North East Universities Business Planning Competition
Congratulations to Dan Ellis who won the top prize in the Social Enterprise Category for his business Film Central and Student Racingwho were runner-up in the Creativity & Design Award Category. The event was held on Thursday 20th October, at the Hilton Gateshead/Newcastle. For a full list of the 2011 winners, click here. For your chance to take part in the 2012 awards, please call into the Elevator to find our more.
The Rise Up Entrepreneurship Programme 2012
The Rise Up Entrepreneurship Programme is an intensive six-week programme of interactive and forward thinking workshops and events. The programme is available free of charge for Newcastle University students and graduates (from all stages and disciplines) who are interested in launching their first business or developing an existing one. We have invited the region's most inspiring and active entrepreneurs, experts and industry professionals to lead the sessions with the focus of providing you with honest, detailed and practical guidance to help you create a healthy, agile business.