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London’s and Europe’s biggest accelerators advise Westminster students on start-ups

6 June 2016

Dr Jane Chang giving a presentation

Westminster Business School hosted the Accelerate Your Future event on 26 May that aimed to provide future entrepreneurs studying at Westminster with valuable advice on how to get start-up investment, how to grow their business and much more.

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with some of London’s leading accelerators: Anna Thomlinson from MassChallenge, an NGO accelerator; Stefano Tresca from Level39, Europe's largest technology accelerator for finance, retail, cyber-security and future cities technology companies; and Richard Blakesley from Quantiply, an online investment readiness and access-to-finance platform.

There were also five parallel sessions with venture clinics and workshops from leading accelerators, venture capitalists, angel investors, successful entrepreneurs and leading entrepreneurship educators. Students and members of the public gained an insight into investment and access to finance, how to create and validate customer personas as well as how to do a pitch to grow their business.

Sponsored by Special Interest Group Entrepreneurhsip (SIG), the free session was organised in partnership with Building Global Innovators and was supported by Westminster Business Consultants and the Westminster Entrepreneurial Society.

Pascal Sabatnig, second-year Business Management – Entrepreneurship BA Honours student, said: “The event was a great start of a new event series at the University of Westminster. It brought together a bunch of very interesting entrepreneurial-minded individuals. The networking aspect proved very beneficial – the speakers and workshop providers were super easy to talk to and very supportive. Also, the opportunity to join different workshops in the afternoon, addressing the interest and needs of students, will be an even bigger selling point for the next Accelerate Your Future event."

Final-year Marketing Communications BA Honours student Diana Florescu said: “Accelerate Your Future was a great initiative to provide students with an intensive marathon of workshops and clinics helping them to get their ideas off the ground. For those who are interested in starting their own business or join other brilliant minds to work together on a project, this event was the right place to be. I met with experts, representatives of corporations and tech companies, and mentors that could support your most ambitious goals. NACUE, the UK's leading membership organisation for engaging students in enterprise, was there too and I was glad to see some other familiar faces so interested in pursuing the entrepreneurship pathway.”

Course Leader Dr Jane Chang also introduced the new Entrepreneurship BA Honours degree that will be launched in September 2016. Find out more about Entrepreneurship BA Honours.

View photos of the Accelerate Your Future event on the Westminster Business School Facebook page.

About Westminster Business School:

Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, is one of London’s leading centres for professional business education. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes, including the AMBA accredited MBA.

All of our degrees are professionally focused and prepare students for working in their chosen careers. Alongside our quality courses, students have opportunities to enhance their practical experience through internships, professional placements and study abroad. Our central London location provides strong links with the business and government communities enabling us to bring practitioners and experts into the classroom on a regular basis.

We have a diverse student population which reflects London’s demographic variety and every year we welcome hundreds of students from Asia, Australia, continental Europe and the United States. We also have visiting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Although we are a school with a strongly international outlook, we also offer a range of part-time qualifications for working professionals.

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