As many of you budding entrepreneurs will know by now, it’s not just the weather that has been hotting up around the capital. London now boasts an impressive 32 start-up accelerators and incubators, out of 50 in the UK. In the last three years, around 340 London-based tech companies have attracted investment of almost £1.5billion and, and in the last few months, two London companies have already been sold for £1bn. Not bad, huh?
Here at LSE, we’ve witnessed interest in entrepreneurship as an alternative career path soar as well, with applications for our funding competitions last year reaching 135 in just this last year! So, to ensure we cater for your growing innovative interests we are excited to inform you that we are going to be launching Generate, our newly-named, interactive and informative, entrepreneurial offering for students and recent alumni. While you are all hopefully making the most of London’s “best summer in a century”, we have been beavering away up on the fifth floor of the Saw Swee Hock building putting together the final touches of this new entrepreneurship programme .You’ll see some changes taking place on our website, and social media over the next couple of weeks as we put everything in place, so hold tight, but, as you’re here now, we’ll give you a sneak peek of what the next few months will have to offer:
Masterclasses – a series of talks and panels running through the nuts and bolts of developing your setup including creating your business plan, protecting your Intellectual Property, branding & marketing your business, and sourcing & managing winning teams.
Sector-specific mentoring and legal clinics – Weekly advice sessions run by entrepreneurial experts to help you tackle the different industry challenges you might face on your entrepreneurial journey.
Funding Competitions – we will be running business competitions throughout the year where you will have a chance to win up to £10k of funding as well as training, mentoring, and other entrepreneurial support as part of our new winners packages.
Networking Nights – A series of on- and off-site meet-ups with other entrepreneurs, investors, developers and start-up specialists.
Courses – Intensive one-day and weekend gatherings looking at subjects such as leadership, coding and social enterprise.
We hope this has whet your appetite! Whether you have an idea to develop already, are looking to leverage your entrepreneurial skills within an established business or just want to find out a bit more about entrepreneurship generally, keep an eye on Twitter and our website for more information on dates and events and feel free to book an appointment with our team with any other queries.
We look forward to meeting lots of you soon!