Many a graduate left Warwick without the support to pursue their own entrepreneurial ambition. Thanks to Warwick Ventures (the University’s research commercialisation office), students, alumni and members of staff can now develop their ideas and early stage businesses in a Software Incubator on Westwood Campus.
Warwick Ventures’ Brendan Spillane, who has over 20 years’ experience in software sales and business development, manages the Incubator. "We recognise that the number of software entrepreneurs within the university is steadily increasing. They need time to develop their software idea, and some advice and support to help them get that idea off the ground,” he explains.
Henry Jinman (BA Politics with International Studies 2010-13) is a recent graduate and the first entrant into the incubator. Having read Politics and International Studies at Warwick, he left University with the desire to pursue his own ideas. He recognised the benefit of the expertise offered within the Warwick Ventures Software Incubator. Henry uses the Incubator space in the Avon building as a base, office and meeting point for his business, called Crowdfund Campus. He is building a network of mentors and advisors through Warwick Ventures’ connections and he receives weekly guidance on issues such as raising investment, business planning and software development.
“It is an exciting time to be an entrepreneur at Warwick,” says Henry. “Warwick is starting to build an infrastructure which can support the development of start-ups like mine.”
If you think you could offer expertise to Henry and other budding entrepreneurs who are quickly filling spaces in the incubator, please contact Brendan Spillane for further information. Students, graduates and members of staff interested in using the Incubator can find more information in the Warwick Ventures Software Incubator Guide on the Warwick Ventures website.