Posted on 13/02/2012
Louis Mech, a 2011 graduate of the School of Management, applied for the programme in his final year after reading about the NEF in City AM. Whilst at university Louis founded VEO Ltd, a social enterprise sunglasses brand. Every time a person purchased a pair of VEO sunglasses, a pair of prescription eyewear was donated to a person in need. VEO utilised the purchasing power of the financially secure to benefit the greater good. Louis secured £7000 of start-up capital by winning two national business pitch competitions and one internal university SE completion. VEO is proof that both financial and social goals can be reached simultaneously. He says:
‘The NEF truly drops you in at the deep end. I am currently working at TalkTalk, the UK’s third largest telecommunications company, shadowing Neil McArthur (Founder) and working with the senior management team. Once a month, I also meet with Charles Dunstone (Founder, Carphone Warehouse). In my first three months on the programme I delivered a presentation to senior management on the UK mobile landscape, project managed the creation of a financial model that looked at least cost mobile routing, and worked on a voice over IP (VoIP) application. I am about to move into the position of Sales Partnership Manager (Acquisitions), which will involve researching strategic partnerships in other sectors and then leading sales teams to land these deals. It’s been like drinking from a fire hose, however I would not change it for anything’.
Other aspects of the programme include hearing from guest speakers, formal learning sessions on specific topics such as Innovation (McLaren), and peer-to-peer learning
What does this programme offer?
EXPOSURE: spend a year working with and learning from an established entrepreneur, seeing the reality of life running a growing and successful business (and getting paid).
TRAINING: receive training in business, strategy and finance from senior figures within companies such as McKinsey, Diageo, Deloitte and a number of leading business schools.
OPPORTUNITY: Build your network to launch your career or start your own business at some point in the future.
What are people saying?
Have a look at the video channel to hear from those who are currently on the programme, plus some thoughts from entrepreneurs.
Who should apply?
The programme is open to anyone and there are no minimum academic requirements, however proven leadership skills are essential and entrepreneurial experience is desirable. For more information about the programme, visit the website or apply online.
Deadline for applications is 12 pm on 27 February 2012.