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    And the awards for the LSE Entrepreneurs of the Year go to…

And the awards for the LSE Entrepreneurs of the Year go to…

It’s without doubt the biggest day on the Generate calendar; after nine months of painstakingly whittling down over 300 fabulous business ideas, it was up to our Generate judges to decide who should finally be crowned the LSE Entrepreneur and Social Entrepreneur of the Year. No easy feat, I’m sure you’d agree – this is why we brought in […]

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    What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – Marco Rovagnati

What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – Marco Rovagnati

We asked some of the latest winners about their experiences of the LSE Generate funding competition and as an entrepreneur, and here’s Marco Rovagnati’s response:

Who are you and what does your venture do?
My name is Marco, I’m doing a MSc in Development Management at LSE. Before joining LSE, I studied Anthropology at Goldsmiths and did my research in Kenya […]

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LSE Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

Since the start of this academic year, Generate has worked with and met an impressive array of commercial and social enterprises. We are really proud to present some of the best of these projects at our LSE Entrepreneur and Social Entrepreneur of the Year competition on Thursday 9 June.

Through hard work and ingenuity, each of the eight teams competing […]

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    What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – Mai Le

What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – Mai Le

We asked some of the latest winners about their experiences of the LSE Generate funding competition and as an entrepreneur, next up is Mai Le:

Who are you and what does your venture do?
I’m Mai Le, currently an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs. My venture Next Speech is a speech-to-text voice diary iPhone app that is also a […]

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How to find a job in a startup

Job hunting.

What just came into your mind as you read those words? The seemingly endless trawling of jobsites? Preparing for a 17 stage-assessment centre? Firing off your CV and cover letter 30 seconds before the deadline? For many job sectors, the traditional job search still stands; you look for a job advert online, target and submit your CV and marketing […]

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    What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – James Bonner

What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – James Bonner

We asked some of the latest winners about their experiences of the LSE Generate funding competition and as an entrepreneur, next up is James Bonner:

Who are you and what does your venture do?
I’m James, co-founder of YoungThoughts.org. YoungThoughts.org is an online platform designed to give young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to make their voice heard about the […]

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    What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – Julia Lipowiecka

What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – Julia Lipowiecka

We asked some of the latest winners about their experiences of the LSE Generate funding competition and as an entrepreneur, and here’s Julia Lipowiecka’s view:

Who are you and what does your venture do?
I’m an LSE alumna (MSc Development Studies 2014) and the CEO and Co-Founder of Sauti. Sauti, meaning voice in Swahili, is a mobile-based trade information and social accountability […]

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How much data does a startup need?

Guest blog by Stuart McClure, Founder of Love the Sales:
Anyone interested in tech businesses will have heard the cry of ‘big data’ and how important it is to collect and use it. It’s common knowledge that data is key to understanding your business, its performance and its customers, but having data and using it are two different things.
General tips
Here […]

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    What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – Rory O’Connor

What it’s like to win funding from LSE Generate – Rory O’Connor

We asked some of the latest winners about their experiences of the LSE Generate funding competition and as an entrepreneur, and our first entry is from Rory O’Connor:

Who are you and what does your venture do?
My name is Rory, and I’m the founder of The Good Blend. We make pouches of chopped up fruit, veg and herbs that you […]

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    Social Enterprises – what’s it like working for one of them?

Social Enterprises – what’s it like working for one of them?

Social Enterprises – everyone’s talking about them. Rarely a day goes by when you don’t see a new socially-motivated idea emerge on the high street, pop up on your Facebook wall or used as part of a political statement by many a leader. The number of social enterprises here in the UK and beyond has expanded dramatically over the […]

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    How to get hired by a startup if you have no tech experience

How to get hired by a startup if you have no tech experience

Guest blog by Hannah Dickens, Community Manager for DirectorStats.co.uk:
If you’re considering working in the incredibly dynamic and diversified tech startup industry, you’re probably facing this problem: you can’t get a job without relevant experience. But how are you supposed to get experience without a job? This might seem like a ‘Catch 22’ situation, but there’s a smart way out […]

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LSE Generate: Lent Term funding competition results

Last Thursday, LSE Generate held the finals of the Lent Term funding competition. From a record pool of 75 initial applicants, 14 finalists were selected to pitch in front of a panel of industry experts. As in Michaelmas Term, each team delivered a 15-minute pitch and were then questioned for 15 minutes by the panel. Despite strong competition on the […]

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Taking your startup abroad

Insights from LSE alumnus Rafie Faruq (Class of 2014) who has gone on to co-found the charitable fundraising platform GivTree:
Startups grow in phases. Sometimes this is defined by investment rounds or revenue brackets and one such phase is approaching international markets.

Having successfully completed our first campaign in the UK, GivTree is now expanding across borders for the next phase. […]

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Starting an ethical initiative

This week Cathi Pawson and Heather Masoud, co-founders of Zaytoun, joined us for our final social enterprise case study of the term. Having created a market in the UK for artisanal Palestinian produce, underpinned by a strong commitment to ethical business, they shared their insights on how to build a business around an ethical production chain.
Be passionate and establish […]

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How to be a tech entrepreneur

IWhether you’re a coding aficionado or have never seen a line of code, it’s important to note that building a successful tech product is dependent on both good technical and business decisions. Growth Tech Group.
Step #1 – Share your idea but don’t overvalue it
Unless you have proprietary knowledge, ideas in the tech space are worth little unless you can […]

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Life at a startup: debugging the myths

Guest blog by Jake Mellett who works for ClickMechanic:

As the Technology industry has grown, more and more graduates are drawn to early stage startups versus more traditional professions. But why? For many it’s the opportunity to be part of a company as it achieves rocket growth or the incredible staff benefits like year-long maternity/paternity leave and free food. But […]

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Insider tips – startup survival guide

Guest blog by LSE alumna Diana Isac, co-founder and CEO of Winerist. She will be appearing on Generate’s food and drinks industry panel on Friday 26 February; come along if you’re interested in learning more about entrepreneurship in this area!
I knew so much less about myself and about business when Winerist launched three years ago. Although I had quit […]

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The journey of an entrepreneur

Guest blog by LSE alumna Sarah-Stephanie Skjoldevik:
When I was growing up, none of my friends dreamt about becoming entrepreneurs. The focus of our dreams was more in the fields of ballerinas and firemen. We simply were unaware of the option to go out and approach the world through an untraditional career path. If you have a mind that constantly […]

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LSE students’ entrepreneurial success and tips

Guest blog by Sharifah Sofia who is currently completing her MSc in Development Management at LSE and is also part of an LSE team involved in the Hult Prize competition:
‘Let us dream the wildest possible dream and then pursue it. Social business is creativity.’ – Professor Muhammad Yunus
Tips for social entrepreneurs
For budding social entrepreneurs, always remember to identify a […]

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LSE Generate: Michaelmas Term funding competition results

Last Friday, Generate hosted its own version of Dragon’s Den with the final round of our Michaelmas Term funding competition. 14 finalists, selected from over 60 initial applicants, pitched in front of our panellists of industry experts. Each team was given 15 minutes to pitch followed by 15 minutes to answer tough questions from the panel. At the end […]

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