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GEW 2019

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the world's largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship, took place at the end of last year from 18-24 November. To celebrate this week, Warwick Enterprise hosted and co-hosted a number of student-focused and student-led events on campus.

As Innovation Fellows, students from the Global Sustainable Development (GSD) Department and the Liberal Arts Department were actively involved in running the events on campus, as well as writing content for the Warwick Enterprise website, promoting Warwick Enterprise around the University and attending events themselves.

Luke Netherclift, a second year Business Studies and GSD student, is a current Innovation Fellow. Luke is keen to support student businesses and social enterprises which are designed to make a meaningful, sustainable impact on society. During GEW 2019, along with other students, Luke led the Warwick Secret Challenge, an interdisciplinary brainstorming workshop with elements of design thinking. The Challenge is underpinned by the work that is championed by Warwick's Creative and Digital Initiative.

Luke Netherclift, a GSD student, standing at the front of the room delivering a speech to students about the World Innovation Challenge

Pictured: GSD student Luke co-delivering a talk about the World Innovation Challenge during GEW 2019

Luke also presented later in the week on the World Innovation Challenge, which is scheduled to take place in March this year. This 24 hour challenge will involve students from Warwick, Monash University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University competing to create a business solution to a key sustainability issue. Teams will presnet their ideas to a panel of sustainability experts and business leaders. £3,000 worth of Seed funding and an inviation to be part of the Enactus Innovation Unit will be up for grabs for the winners.

Ceara Webster, a final year Liberal Arts student is also a current Innovation Fellow. Ceara is interested in encouraging community engagement, increasing accessibility to opportunities, and utilising innovative interventions to make meaningful change (in sustainable business and personal practice). We caught up with Ceara about her involvement in GEW 2019.

"GEW was a very busy week and everybody involved put in a lot of effort and planning. On Monday myself and Luke Netherclift asked the Warwick Community: “What is the most inspiring thing that has happened to you since being at Warwick?” This question received a range of answers the most common of responses being surprised at the question itself, as it really had people reflecting and attempting to pinpoint what exactly has inspired them so far in their academic and personal journey. Later that day myself and my colleagues, Ptolemy Banks and Giacomo Bottoli attended the WMG Matchmaking Accelerator where we were matched, based on our skills and proficiencies, with an individual developing a start-up in order to provide feedback and facilitate the research process for these ventures. The evening also involved networking, a team-based task, and Q&A with a panel of varying academic and entrepreneurial figures."

Liberal Arts student Ceara delivering her Sustainable Banking event, during GEW

Pictured: Liberal Arts student Ceara delivering her Sustainable Banking event during GEW 2019

"On Tuesday I facilitated the final Her Innovation Collective (HIC) session. HIC is a programme run by women for all kinds of women to help inspire them in entrepreneurship, innovation, or even just to aid in the setting and eventual fulfilment of goals and targets. This Collective has four sessions over the academic term and will run also in term two alongside it’s creative parallel, which specifically focuses on inspiring women interested in the creative industries."

"On Wednesday I produced an article, covering the topic of ecosystems in GEW reflecting on the appropriateness of the terminology itself and the entrepreneurial spirit and community on Warwick campus. I also attended the Tata NACUE Varsity Pitch final with my colleague Ptolemy Banks, which was a great opportunity to network with individuals across a range of sectors, be exposed to a variety of entrepreneurial ventures, and observe how pitches were delivered, received, and judged. The following day I hosted a Sustainable Banking event. I led a brief, informative introduction before hosting a panel featuring Timo Fukar, Head of Marketing in Warwick Trading Society, Shreya Thummar, Warwick Finance Societies, and Saif Durrani, President of Warwick Global Sustainable Development Society and opening up a Q&A."

To find out more about what happened during GEW 2019 at Warwick, see here for the Overview and Highlights article. If you would like to get involved in any of the ongoing or future initiatives referred to in this article, please email enterprise@warwick.ac.uk.

Quotes:

Global Entrepreneurship Week allowed me to reflect more deeply into what it is that inspires me.

Global Entrepreneurship Week provided me with opportunities to curate, develop, and execute my own event under Warwick Enterprise – a learning opportunity that has been invaluable to my personal development ever since.

Global Entrepreneurship Week highlighted the variation and true diversity in the university community when it comes to conceptualising entrepreneurship and innovation, providing fresh insights into previously outdated and obsolete conceptual connotations."

Innovation Fellows


Ceara Webster,
final year Liberal Arts student


Luke Netherclift,
final year GSD student