How to become an entrepreneur when you graduate How do you tell if entrepreneurship might be right for you, and how do you go about it? Even if you’re wary of setting up your own venture straight away, it’s worth asking yourself the question, because so many companies look for entrepreneurial skills and flair when recruiting. Want to be your own boss? There are plenty of resources and organisations out there that will help you if you’re interested in starting your own business, starting with your university enterprise or entrepreneurship society. Many universities have incubator units or hatcheries that provide support and resources for start-up and pre-start-up businesses. In order to be a successful entrepreneur, you need initiative, sound commercial sense, creativity, motivation and drive, and leadership – all qualities that are highly sought after in the graduate jobs market. Many entrepreneurs put in a stint of working in industry as employees before getting started on their own. Resources for entrepreneurs in the making
Collaborative Workspace | Meeting Rooms | Innovation | Idea Engineering | Shoreditch Global Guardians | Vacant Property Management & Guardian Specialists Starting a Business 1: Vision and Opportunity - University of Leeds This course is the first in a series of six about ‘starting a business’. You can sign up to the other courses in this series through the Going to University collection. A successful business starts with a clear vision and a thorough understanding of the opportunities available to turn that vision into a reality. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you consider your vision and explore the opportunities available. Note for students This course is part of a collection from the University of Leeds which have been specifically designed for those studying at school or college. Throughout the course you will join a community of online learners, providing an opportunity for interactive learning with other students both in the UK and internationally. Each course is designed to complement your existing studies and aims to: Note for teachers
The future of the workplace | Innovation Nation Awards | Guardian Professional Something is stirring in east London, and it was stirring long before David Cameron made his "tech city" speech of November 2010. Back then the prime minister announced a vision for an "east London tech city – a hub that stretches from Shoreditch and Old Street to the Olympic park", and could one day rival America's Silicon Valley. In 2012, overlooking Old Street's "Silicon roundabout", founder and CEO of tech startup Huddle, Alistair Mitchell, described the scene. "In our building there are five other early-stage tech startups ... Below us is Tech Hub, a group working space for startups, across the road we've got Twitter, Google's new building is just down the road ... Part of what's driving this buzz is a new way of working. Rather than simply a shared office space, THECUBE's concept is for members to generate business leads, bid for jobs together and share skills. Jonathan Lister is a member of THECUBE, and runs his own web agency J&J.
About Us | Greycoat Lumleys Greycoat Lumleys started as Greycoat Placements back in 1996. We have been in business for almost 20 years, so we know a thing or two about good service. During this time our driving philosophy has always been one of professionalism, integrity and trust. Greycoat Lumleys is determined to deliver an unrivalled service to both Clients and Candidates, across our comprehensive and complementary staffing sectors: Private Households & EstatesChildcare & EducationCatering & HospitalityCorporate StaffingSki & Yacht We are a UK based company with an international reach, endeavouring to fill any job registered with us, in any number of far flung locations (subject to Visa restrictions). The Recruitment Consultants at Greycoat Lumleys are carefully chosen for their personal experience, motivation and ability in their field. Managing Director, Debbie Salter says, Greycoat Lumleys is part of the Empresaria Group plc
Starting a Business 2: People and Networks - University of Leeds This course is the second in a series of six about ‘starting a business’. You can sign up to the other courses in this series through the Going to University collection. A successful business relies heavily on people and networking. A good team and wider network is essential to success and growth. Whether you have an idea for a venture in the future or you already have a side-line business whilst studying, this course will help you to recognise the people who can help you take your business forward. It will give you the time to plan, share your ideas with others and start to document your thoughts in a structured business plan. Note for students This course is part of a collection from the University of Leeds which have been specifically designed for those studying at school or college. Throughout the course you will join a community of online learners, providing an opportunity for interactive learning with other students both in the UK and internationally. Note for teachers
Writing a business plan - How to write a business plan - Submit a business plan - Sequoia Capital Writing a Business Plan At Sequoia we like business plans that present a lot of information in as few words as possible. The following business plan format, within 15–20 slides, is all that’s needed... read We like business plans that present a lot of information in as few words as possible. Company purpose Define the company/business in a single declarative sentence. ProblemDescribe the pain of the customer (or the customer’s customer). SolutionDemonstrate your company’s value proposition to make the customer’s life better. Why now Set-up the historical evolution of your category. Market sizeIdentify/profile the customer you cater to. Competition List competitors List competitive advantages Product Product line-up (form factor, functionality, features, architecture, intellectual property). Business modelRevenue model Pricing Average account size and/or lifetime value Sales & distribution model Customer/pipeline list TeamFounders & Management Board of Directors/Board of Advisors