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Press Release - 06 November 2006

Students to be coached on becoming entrepreneurs

More than 200 students from all over the country will learn about some of the skills they will need to become the next Alan Sugar or Anita Roddick at a conference at the University of Bath next week. (9am - 8.30 pm, Thursday 16 November 2006)

As part of the Student Enterprise’06 conference, wannabe entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs, take advice on starting and running a business and run their ideas past business experts.

They could also win one of five £1,000 prizes by taking part in an ‘elevator pitch’ competition, sponsored by UnLtd, where they have to explain their idea for a social enterprise in less than 120 seconds (the time it takes for an elevator to reach the basement from the top of a 20-storey building).

The conference, which is free to attend and was held for the first time last year, is organised by students in the Bath Entrepreneurs society, BANTER, and involves successful student entrepreneurs from throughout the UK.

Student enterprise groups from universities across the UK will be hosting stands in the Business Fair and the day will end with a networking reception in the torch-lit Roman baths.

“Student Enterprise ’06 is a great starting point for students who want to become entrepreneurs or those who simply want to improve their entrepreneurial skills,” said Siobain Hone, Student Enterprise Co-ordinator in the Students’ Union at the University of Bath.

“The Government recognises that the UK economy needs more entrepreneurs to help develop and exploit new markets, not just here but around the world.

“Students are well placed to take up this challenge because they tend to be very bright, have lots of energy and come up with creative ideas.

“Entrepreneurship is not always an easy career path to follow, which is why we try to support them in these early stages through events like Student Enterprise ’06.

“At the conference, students will be given the chance to meet other enterprising students from all over the UK, and will be exposed to business-support organisations and other experts willing to offer advice.”

Experts giving advice at the conference include James Tucker, a business coach, as well as Business West and Stone King LLP, a local firm of solicitors that will be running a legal surgery.

Other contributors to the event include former Social Entrepreneur of the Year Paul Harrod and Katie Piggot, who started her own filming business during her placement year at Staffordshire University, and will film the elevator pitches.

Student entrepreneurs Freddie and Ollie Banks, from the University of Bath, have set up a ‘mobile bar service’ called Velocity Bars which will provide themed non-alcoholic cocktails, sponsored by Deloitte.

Speakers at the event, which takes place in enterprise week, include:

The event is sponsored by the University of Bath, Bath University Students’ Union and the SETsquared Partnership, the collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Southampton and Surrey, which generates successful enterprise and entrepreneurship in southern England.

Further information and registration visit the Student Enterprise website in the related links section or call 01225 385112.

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