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Henry Jinman - Crowdfund Campus

 

CrowdFund Campus

www.crowdfundcampus.com

hcjinman at crowdfundcampus dot com




My enterprise project

My enterprise skills & motivations

I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2013 and started Crowdfund Campus with co-founder, Alex Bargate. We provide a crowdfunding platform for university communities and support students, staff and alumni by raising money for their projects and businesses. We are keen to tackle the ‘funding gap’ in the commercialisation of University technologies and bring more innovations to market.

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I think some people are naturally inclined to be entrepreneurial and start enterprises. You probably have to be a little bit mad, strong-willed and over-ambitious, but retain the capacity to give yourself a big enough dose of skeptical realism from time to time. I am motivated by the idea that I can build a freer, more productive and prosperous life; freer in that I can control my day and my time and my activities; productive because by starting a business I am building something which helps people solve a problem; and prosperous because one day there’s a slim chance that I might be better off!

My enterprise support

My enterprise reflections & visions

After winning the Santander Business Plan competition at Warwick, I entered the Warwick Ventures Software Incubator once I graduated. The team there have been instrumental in helping to establish this business and we would have failed long ago were it not for their continued input and guidance. It has been a steep learning curve and now we are involved with the Enterprise community to help pass on that knowledge, share our experiences and provide our crowdfunding platform as a tool to support student enterprise at Warwick.

Crowdfund Campus is a great business for me personally because I get to meet so many other enterprising individuals, analyse their businesses and help them to develop and present their ideas in a way which make them suitable for crowdfunding/investment. The vision is to grow this business to be active in Universities all over the UK and with the varied experience gained on this journey, I hope to start other businesses in a variety of sectors. As one advisor recently said, ‘no matter the outcome, this is a great apprenticeship’ for what comes next.