Engage with the future of business at Christmas showcase

Up-and-coming student and graduate entrepreneurs will be showcasing their fledgling businesses at an exciting Christmas party on behalf of STEAMhouse Pre-Incubator, Birmingham City University (BCU)’s new hub for enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Posted 21 November 2022

Three of the student entrepreneurs currently using the STEAMhouse Pre-Incubator facility.

Celebrating student and graduate businesses

The inaugural Christmas showcase and event will take place at The Shell in The Parkside Building, City Centre Campus, on Thursday 15 December, beginning at 5pm and ending at 9pm.

It will celebrate the achievements of BCU’s talented, vibrant student and graduate entrepreneurs, giving them the opportunity to showcase the businesses they have developed with their own unique stalls.

The latter will boast prototypes, samples and items available for sale.

The Christmas do will also cap off what has been an amazing first few months for the Pre-Incubator, which only opened its doors in October 2022.

Since then, the facility – also located on the Ground Floor of Millennium Point – has welcomed over 70 students and graduates all seeking advice and guidance on developing their businesses.

The STEAMhouse Pre-Incubator will be the home of enterprise and entrepreneurship for our students and graduates,” said Joe Margetts, Enterprise Manager at BCU, at the time of the facility’s launch.

“It’s an all-encompassing space for them to receive all the help they need to make their business dreams come true.

“Any students or graduates are welcome and there is tailored support for every level of learner. It’ll be a relaxed vibe that will provide our hopeful entrepreneurs with the resources and support they need to get their idea off the ground.”

There will be a large number of businesses from many different sectors on display, demonstrating the eclecticism and diversity of our student and graduate cohort.

Showcasing their business will be a host of participants from the recent STEAM Hatchery competition, a ten-week programme that saw students and graduates develop business plans in order to receive a cash prize.

Confirmed so far are Rishika Bhalla, a Hatchery finalist and BCU alumni whose not-for-profit startup, Sole Circle UK, donates sneakers to those living in shoe poverty.

Also showcasing is fellow Hatchery finalist Anne Edwards, who has her own bespoke jewellery company.

BCU student Laurentiu Nae is also showcasing his startup Blockchain Advisors, which is going from strength to strength and recruiting fellow students and graduates.

Free attendance and a host of prizes

It is not too late to take part, either. If you are a student or graduate who is interested in showcasing your business at the event, please contact chloe.potter@bcu.ac.uk.

In order to showcase, you must have:

  • A physical product or visuals
  • Samples of your work or designs
  • Brochures, business cards, flyers or posters of your business or work

Attendance at the event is free and it is a great opportunity to network with businesses and enjoy complimentary food and drink. There will also be a Christmas raffle, where you have the chance to win an array of prizes.

Interested in coming along? Register for free now via Eventbrite.