University to host event showcasing student and graduate startup success

Birmingham City University is hosting a celebration evening to showcase the fantastic student and graduate-led businesses it has supported through its business startup support programme.

Posted 15 February 2022

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Celebrating student and graduate success

The showcase event takes place on Thursday 17 February at The Custard Factory in Birmingham.

It will serve as a celebration of the student and graduate businesses that have been supported as part of BCU’s Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (BSEEN) programme.

Established in 2009, BSEEN is a twelve-month business startup service specifically for student and graduates who wish to set up their own business.

On the programme, participants can receive one-on-one mentoring from business experts, attend workshops and networking events, access grant and funding opportunities, and gain access to facilities across the BCU campus.

Since launching, BSEEN – which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund – has supported over 1,000 students and recent graduates to launch ventures in Birmingham.

Recent BSEEN participants include Morgan Grice, who has successfully launched her own sustainable stationery company.

“BSEEN gave me the opportunity to learn how to turn my skills into a business,” she says. “It was an amazing experience and I’d recommend it to anyone.”

Meet with the future faces of business

The celebration event offers attendees the chance to meet a number of BSEEN’s student and graduate entrepreneurs, who are working across a number of sectors including tech, food and social enterprise.

It provides an opportunity to network with BSEEN mentors, supporters and the wider Birmingham entrepreneurial community.

Furthermore, if you are interested in offering support to the programme and its budding entrepreneurs, the event gives you the chance to put your name forward.

The evening will also include invigorating talks from Davies Okeowo and Janani Prasad of Novel Innovations, a Birmingham-based business management software company that will provide micro businesses with key insight and support.

Also speaking at the event is Leigh Purnell of Petalite, an electronic manufacturing company that have engineered a revolutionary new charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Chloe Potter, Project Officer for the BSEEN programme, feels that the showcase event is a great opportunity for participants to showcase their achievements so far.

“This event is all about celebrating the successes of the students and graduates that have been supported by BSEEN,” she says.

“Many of the businesses that we have supported will be showcasing at the event and it’ll be a great opportunity to see the entrepreneurial journey that they have embarked upon.”

Any students or graduates interested in applying for the BSEEN programme can do so via the BSEEN website. The deadline is Saturday 19 February.

The event will take place at The Custard Factory from 5 – 8.30pm.

Interested in attending and finding out more? Register your interest via Eventbrite.