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The conference will be held at the University of Cologne
The conference will be held at the University of Cologne

Press Release - 03 November 2008

Enterprising Bath students take conference to Germany

Students from the University of Bath are to take the International Conference for Enterprising Students to Germany, in partnership with the University of Cologne (15 November 2008).

The free one-day conference, titled Student Enterprise ’08, which marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-23 November 2008) is the first international conference of its kind. It aims to encourage more students to think about starting their own business as their studies come to an end.

Students at the conference will be offered tips and ideas from leading entrepreneurs, and will have the opportunity to develop their business skills in practical workshops. They will also get the chance to network with like-minded students and experts at a dedicated business fair.

Participants also have the chance to win £1,000, by taking part in an ‘elevator pitch’ competition. The students 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 entries are recorded on video throughout the day and then judged by the panel.

The event has been set up jointly by students from BANTER, the University’s entrepreneurs club, which is running the conference as part the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) initiative and by entrepreneurial students from the University of Cologne where it will be held.

Conference speakers include Gavin Eddy, a former investment banker who runs Forward Space, the innovation centre based in Frome, Somerset, and Nick Elliot, student owner of, a website set up to help students find jobs after they graduate.

“The Student Enterprise ’08 conference not just about business ideas, we have lots of students interested in starting social enterprises,” said Siobáin Hone, Student Enterprise Coordinator in the University’s Students’ Union.

“The event is organised by the Bath SIFE team, which includes students who have set up schemes helping local women run a juice business for cancer patients in rural India and organising volunteer schemes with charities in Bolivia.

“The conference gives students access to enterprise experts who can help turn their ideas into reality, whether it is to make money or try to improve quality of life.

“More and more students and recent graduates are taking the plunge in setting up their own enterprises, so this conference gives them an introduction to the skills and knowledge they need to make a good go of it once they start.”

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