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Enterprise Lab supports student entrepreneurs

Posted on 25/01/2011

A new student business incubation centre has opened at Royal Holloway, University of London. Designed to support entrepreneurial activities such as starting a business, social enterprise or charity, the facility offers expert business support, hot desks and meeting facilities for students studying at the College.

With an NOP poll suggesting that 67% of UK students would consider starting a business at some point, and 1,200 students currently signed up to Royal Holloway Entrepreneurs, a student-led enterprise support organisation, the new Enterprise Lab will support students’ aspirations to work for themselves.

Initial tenants include The Founder newspaper, eNovella, a social network for creative writers, the Study Buddy language skills peer exchange scheme and the Dizzy Science outreach scheme.

Officially opening Enterprise Lab, Principal Professor Paul Layzell said, “This facility shows that Royal Holloway produces not only the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today. The skills which students develop here will help them to succeed throughout their entire careers and the Enterprise Lab is a welcome addition to the vibrant range of activities and support services available on campus.”

The project is part of a unique collaboration between the Careers Service and Research and Enterprise department, and is managed by John King, Entrepreneurship Careers Adviser. John said, “This new space provides a physical home for entrepreneurship on campus. Many students aspire to running a business, but never quite manage to access the support they need to do so. Now they have no excuses!”

Information about Enterprise Lab is available on the Careers Service web pages or from John King


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