The SHU Enterprise Team is an important element of the Careers and Employability Service and is made up of 5 dedicated staff members. Our role is to oversee the promotion and delivery of our offer to both students and graduates (up to 5 years). The offer itself is comprised of 3 key strands:
· Start-up support
· Hallam Freelancers
· Enterprise skills development curricular and extra-curricular support
We support students and graduates who wish to develop a commercial or social venture of their own. In order to help them achieve this, we provide them with access to a range of services which include: 1:1 business advice, workshops and networking events, free hot-desk facilities in our incubator office and creative studio spaces. We have also created a funded placement year programme (PYES) for students who would prefer to use their year out from their studies to develop a venture of their own as opposed to working in a company or organisation; this year (2017/2018) we have 20 students enrolled on the programme. In addition to PYES, we support up to 10 international students each year on the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneurship Visa, and this summer we introduced our funded graduate start-up internship programme. We also provide additional seed funding for home graduates to help them kick-start their business ideas.
Hallam Freelancers is an exciting and innovative addition to our jobs page. Students and graduates have the opportunity to access a wide range of advertised paid freelance work from businesses and organisations offering short-term contracts. This initiative provides them with: access to quality self-employed paid work; an opportunity to showcase their skills to employers; enhance their CVs. We currently have more than 100 students and 49 businesses registered. Most of the freelance work is for the creative arts, media and design industries, although there is a number from the PR, marketing and events sectors as well.
Enterprise skills development curricular and extra-curricular support
Throughout the year, the Enterprise Teamwork with academic (alongside our careers colleagues) in supporting them to embed and deliver enterprise skills development into their courses. As a team, we also provide students with opportunities to develop these skills through a range of extra-curricular competitions, workshops and events. Our flagship event, Enterprise Action Week, takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, when we host a full week of talks, workshops, events and activities for our students to get involved with.
The Hallam Enterprise Awards
The inaugural Hallam Enterprise Awards 2017 was held on Thursday 28th September and was sponsored by Santander Bank. This was an opportunity for some of our most innovative student and graduate start-ups to showcase their businesses and share achievements with fellow entrepreneurs and innovators from Sheffield's business and HE communities.
As a team, if we felt it was important to host this event not only to provide our talented entrepreneurs with an opportunity to showcase their businesses; but to allow us to acknowledge and congratulate them on their passion, drive, motivation, hard work and determination to turn their ideas into viable and long-term sustainable commercial ventures. This year’s ten finalists provided a snapshot of the range of business ideas we currently support and demonstrated the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial talent and spirit that SHU students and graduates possess.
The finalists were competing for the first prize of £5,000 and runners-up prizes x 2 of £2,000. The Enterprise Team also sponsored the audience vote prize of £1,000 for best pitch. Each finalist presented a 5-minute pitch to invited guests.
The winner of the evening was Max Scotford with his craft chocolate business, Bullion. The runners-up were Nelly Naylor (Same-Sex Photography) and Danielle Ray (I love a Dan Tan) providing natural home tanning products. The audience vote for the best pitch was won by Harvey Morton (Harvey Morton Ltd) with his IT service company.
Bullion is a craft chocolate company producing a single origin chocolate from ‘bean-to-bar’. Just as with fine wine, Max wants to encourage people to discuss the different origins and distinct flavour notes of the chocolate he produces.
Max has now set up a small scale production unit at Kelham Island. Bullion is now on the shelves of 7 independent retailers in Sheffield, and are also sold nationwide in cities such as London, Leeds (Harvey Nichols) and in this year’s city of culture, Hull.
SHU Enterprise Team's plans for 2017/2018
Over the coming year, the Enterprise Team will be focussing on consolidating the progress that was made in the previous year whilst looking for ways in which to improve and expand on our current offer. A couple of notable additions to our current offer will include:
I Introducing the ENACTUS programme to the University for September 2018
· Piloting an Accelerator programme for high potential start-up businesses
· Introducing a graduate start-up internship programme (sponsored by Santander Bank) in June 2018. This programme will prioritise new graduates from WP categories.
· We are working closely with our business school colleagues in the development of an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (September 2018). This programme will target both home and international graduates who have the intention to set up their own businesses.
· Discussions are currently underway with a view to relocating the current Hatchery incubator office space and the Enterprise Team into larger and more suitable premises within the SHU city campus precinct.