Mon 31 Jul 23
Helping students turn their business dreams into reality has led to Essex Startups at the University of Essex being shortlisted in the National Enterprise Educator Awards.
Essex Startups is one of just three finalists in the Entrepreneurship Catalyst category – which recognises individuals or teams from universities and further education colleges who are delivering an exceptional entrepreneurship education.
The awards are organised by Enterprise Educators UK and winners will be announced at the IEEC2023 Gala Dinner on 7 September 2023.
Head of Startup Support at Essex Andy Mew said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for the Entrepreneurship Catalyst award, recognising the team’s mission to deliver exceptional entrepreneurship education.
“Essex Startups strives to provide the best support to students and graduates with entrepreneurial ambitions, and this nomination validates the team’s hard work and commitment to offering a wealth of opportunities to the University’s community of business founders.”
The Essex Startups team offers dedicated support to entrepreneurial-minded students and graduates with their start-up business ideas.
The team creates and delivers small to large scale workshops, mentoring programmes and funding opportunities to students and graduates at every stage of their entrepreneurial journey.
The team’s mission is to guarantee every student across the University of Essex, regardless of background or area of academic study, can develop and fulfil their entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial potential.
Over the last four years alone, the team has provided 1,300+ one-to-one mentoring sessions, awarded over £300,000 in funding, and supported the development of 20 new start-ups each year.
Our entrepreneurship education programme is delivered via extra-curricular workshops and co-curricular seminars. The extra-curricular programme is categorised internally as either ‘green’, ‘amber’ or ‘red’ track, allowing us to assess market needs and customise our content to ensure it aligns with participants’ entrepreneurial journey.