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2015 Enterprise at Warwick Conference

Wednesday 18th November 2015 (2PM) in WBS

Thanks to everyone for attending this half-day conference at the University of Warwick. It was a pleasure to meet and discuss enterprise and entrepreneurship at Warwick and in higher education.


The Warwick Enterprise Partnership was officially launched in February 2014, following six months of discussions between the various groups that are involved and invested in the delivery of enterprise education at Warwick.

The Partnership recognises that enterprise isn’t just about business start-up or big money. The scope of Enterprise Education has been defined by Lord Young’s report, ‘Enterprise for All’ published in June 2014 and in the QAA Guidance for Higher Education, published in September 2012. Both of these highlight 3 key areas:
  1. Being enterprising’ which describes a range of skills that can be applied in any context. Creativity, problem solving, innovation, resilience, proactivity and confidence are all included. Being enterprising is vital for personal development and employability.
  2. Being entrepreneurial’ which covers all activity where solutions are created and then carried out, piloted or prototyped. It’s all about ‘doing it’. This could well be a formal enterprise start-up (social, tech or research-related) with a business plan and ambitious bottom line, but could also involve local or community initiatives.
  3. The ‘enterprising curriculum’ - Warwick offers a range of accredited degree programmes through WBS, WMG and others and an interdisciplinary credit-bearing is also now available through IATL. The University also operates a range of non-accredited programmes.
This conference provides an opportunity to find out more about the work of the Warwick Enterprise Partnership, present the breadth of enterprise education and discuss how we can develop it for the future.

Structure of the day

This half-day conference will begin with a welcome speech which will set the scene and provide delegates with further detail about enterprise education at Warwick. The rest of the day will be spent in breakout groups where colleagues choose sessions which most suit their needs and interests.

All delegates are then invited to our evening drinks reception and enterprise exhibition.

Conference Programme

Introduction from Warwick Enterprise Partnership

WBS, Room 0.06

Breakout sessions

Theme A: Supporting start-ups

WBS, Room 0.06

Theme B: Developing enterprise skills and entrepreneurial careers

WBS, Room 2.004

Theme C: Insights into entrepreneurship

WBS, Room 3.006


Session A1 – Do incubators work?

Session B1 – Developing enterprise skills: from creativity to reality.

Session C1 – Industry insiders


Break and refreshments


Session A2 – Mentoring a student start-up.

Session B2 – Our enterprise curriculum

Session C2/C3 -
Social Enterprise Interactive Workshop


Session A3 – Supporting Warwick graduates in developing their enterprises.

Session B3 – What is an entrepreneurial career? Why enterprise skills are critical for graduates.


Closing Plenary

WBS, Room 0.06


Drinks reception and enterprise exhibition to celebrate 50 Years of Enterprise at Warwick

(Featuring graduate and student entrepreneurs, Warwick Enterprise Partnership)

WBS, Main Foyer and Café

Booking information

Booking for this conference is essential and you can register to attend here.