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Inspiring entrepreneurship at RGU


Robert Gordon University (RGU) is hosting a roster of events to promote entrepreneurship and enterprise to students from all subject areas.

The RGU Careers and Employability Centre has teamed up with RGU’s Centre for Really Innovative Businesses (CRIB) and Surge Aberdeen to hold the three-day entrepreneurial event called 'Whats Next' aimed at inspiring students to consider starting up their own enterprise.

Chloe Bruce, Careers Information and Systems Co-Ordinator at RGU, said: “At RGU we aim to inspire our students to explore the world of entrepreneurial opportunity and to develop their enterprising mindsets.

“Local entrepreneurs play a vital part in the economy and we are thrilled to have such a high calibre of speakers and events open to our students to help equip them to make a valuable contribution to the growth and sustainability of the business sector.”

Chris Burnett, Founder at Surge Aberdeen, added: "I started up Surge Aberdeen after graduating from RGU, with the aim to inspire more innovative activity in the city. On the back of these events, I’m hoping we can have more students considering entrepreneurship as a viable option to kick start their career paths.”

The programme will kick off on Wednesday March 1 with a Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) Idea Generation Workshop from 12-1pm. SIE are offering attendees the opportunity to explore, experiment and develop their innovation skills in a safe, interactive and experiential live innovation lab. That evening, five local entrepreneurs will share their experiences and knowledge with students from 6pm to 8pm.

Duncan Skinner, chairman at Social Stuff; James McIlroy, co-founder and CEO of Eurobiotix; Michelle Clark, owner at Melt; Yekemi Otaru, managing director at YO! Marketing and Hamish Blythe, founder and managing director of Twigd will all share their entrepreneurial journeys throughout the event.

An Enterprise Fair will be held the following day (Thursday March 2) from 1pm to 4pm where budding entrepreneurs can meet support organisations who will help develop new business ideas such as Converge Challenge, Elevator, Federation of Small Businesses, Scottish Enterprise, RGU Careers and Employability Centre and more.

A Pitching Workshop will be held by Converge Challenge to provide students with a template and tips on how to test the strength of a business idea and the opportunity to practice pitching it from 6pm to 7pm.

The third and final day of the programme (Friday March 3) will be an open day at RGU’s own business incubator from 1pm to 4pm at 137 Garthdee Road.

Full programme of events

Release by Stacey Lynch
Communications Officer | Business and Law
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