The event was coordinated by the Creative Enterprise Centre, an enterprise hub that aims to bridge the gap between universities, industry, and communities at the University of Westminster. The event introduced students to entrepreneurship through a range of entrepreneurial journeys; provided a platform for knowledge exchange, and aimed to develop students networking and instil entrepreneurial attributes.
Students visited creative and innovative hubs including Campus London (Google), Digital Catapult, Launch 22 and the Creative Research Laboratory. The journey started at the University of Westminster and ended at Plexal with a key note speech and an after-party.
The 12-hour tour included an opportunity for students to pitch their business ideas in front of industry professionals getting advice from them on how to build their own business.
The opportunity to join the crawl was opened up to 20 students, who each submitted a video pitch in a competition to win a place. The University of Westminster was joined on their bus by Brunel University which offered the chance of students to network beyond their own institution.
Dr Paul Dwyer, Director of Academic Enterprise said: “The London Venture Crawl is another example of how the Creative Enterprise Centre is supporting entrepreneurship across the university. It’s a great opportunity, for students to learn, from some of the capital’s most inspirational innovators, start-ups and entrepreneurs, about how they developed their undergraduate knowledge into successful businesses”.
Westminster partnered with nine other universities for this event including: King’s College London, UCL, London Southbank, Brunel, Westminster, Loughborough (London campus), Birkbeck, University of East London and the London College of Fashion.