In each Focus On article, we celebrate innovative projects that have been supported by Warwick Enterprise or other colleagues at the university, from start-ups to student societies.
Lockdown restrictions implemented in response to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19 have wreaked havoc on the hospitality sector worldwide. Along with retail - which had seen major names axing large numbers of jobs - hospitality is one of the worst-hit sectors in the UK.
Aceleron is an award-winning clean technology company started up in Birmingham 2016 when co-founders Amrit & Carlton dismantled and tested hundreds of battery packs and realised that batteries are not designed to be maintained. Anticipating a future with tonnes of unnecessary battery waste they designed a battery pack which is built with sustainability in mind. The world’s most sustainable lithium battery packs operating in a full circular economy approach where the batteries are serviceable, upgradable and recyclable.
TWIGBO is a luxury streetwear brand that fuses African Inspired prints with a London street style.
Sophie Stokes is beautiful, bespoke and quirky original designs printed onto everyday products – jewellery, homeware and apparel.
Co-founded by Warwick graduates in 2019, Icycle is a sustainable eyewear startup that manufactures and produces sunglasses made of 100% recycled plastic. Last year, the company successfully raised over $15,000 through crowdfunding and is now looking to start expanding operations quickly.
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Matryoshka is a start-up company that specialises in the development of innovative technological processes in the food and beverage industry, that will bring added value to customers and have positive environmental impact.
Taking care of yourself, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic is vital. This could be in the form of exercise, meditation and nutrition. Nutrition plays a key role in healthy living. It consists of a healthy balanced diet. Some also need to take vitamins supplements as we may not get them adequately through our diet. However, remembering to take several vitamins a day and carrying them with you while travelling (if and when convenient!) might be a hassle.
The demand for clean renewable energy has been on the rise in attempts to curb our carbon emissions as a current and focus on sustainable alternatives. With tides rising, weather becoming more erratic and droughts terrorising many countries, reducing our pressure on the Earth’s system is becoming our number one priority.
Icycle was born because we (four undergraduates at the time) decided to try and help find a solution to plastic pollution in India. But we didn’t want to go down the basic “sell-something-and-collect-1kg-of-plastic-from-a-beach“-route. We sought to go deeper, go a step further and redefine how sustainable a supply chain can be. Our glasses are not sustainable simply because they are made of recycled plastic. Beyond our environmental impact, each pair helps empower a community of women in Pune, a city in India. In partnership with two local organisations called “SWaCH” and the “Social Seva Initiatives”, we help ensure that the women producing the glasses enjoy a formal work contract, fair pay and adequate work equipment...oh and for each pair one of the ladies helping craft the glasses with a need for prescription eyewear gets a pair with custom lenses for free. But we went yet another step to maximise the sustainability of our product. What about the case for the glasses? And what about the packaging? We made sure that every single part of our product is as sustainable as possible, giving back to communities as much as we can.
For this week’s blog, we have decided to showcase an amazing local social enterprise co-founded by two young social entrepreneurs, Ciara and Seanna. SanHanz is a social enterprise which is local to University of Warwick with it being located in Kenilworth.
Food business pandemic pivots: How Redfern Kitchen is adapting and thriving in the midst of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the hospitality industry overnight, with supply chains breaking down and food businesses facing declining demand due to store closings and lockdown measures. From London to Warwickshire, many entrepreneurs attempted to adapt and keep up with the challenging new landscape, with mixed results.
Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture (CoC) will be from May 2021 to May 2022 and with The University of Warwick as one of its official delivery partners, there are many related projects for students to get involved with before, during and after the official event. Despite the setbacks of numerous lockdowns and rapidly changing government restrictions the team behind the City of Culture have managed to adapt their public offerings to still produce an engaging series of events that foster a culture of community collaboration and creativity.
That’s how the start-up Onto from Leamington Spa explains its name. Cars, technology and new ways of driving, as the quote suggests. More specifically, they offer all-inclusive electric car subscriptions and operate more than 1000 cars in the UK after being founded in 2017. This makes Onto, formerly known as Evezy, the largest electric vehicle subscription provider in the country.
Too many times, entrepreneurship is regarded in an economic achievement context, which focuses on high-growth, high profitability and ideas that imitate the Silicon-Valley paradigm of entrepreneurship. This conception of entrepreneurship had a level of cultural desirability as it symbolized the entrepreneur as a fearless societal hero, who is immune to setbacks and overcomes challenges effortlessly.
Each year, around 2 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste are produced globally, enough to fill 822,000 Olympic-size swimming pools. And sadly, things seem not to get any better in the near future: according to the World Bank, global waste is expected to grow to 3.4 billion tonnes by 2050. Global waste is a huge issue for mankind and has serious implications on climate change and pollution. What can we do about it?
On the back of the successful delivery of Her Innovation Collective’s final coaching session I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the importance of communicating to understand, particularly when trying to effect innovative changes. ‘Communicating to understand’ and more specifically ‘listening to understand’, is a concept that I first came across when undertaking the Certificate of Coaching Practice last year and again when taking a module on change with IATL this term. It describes the type of listening that is vital in developing deep relationships and describes taking in what occurs on both the audible and intuitive levels.
Taking place between 16 and 20 November 2020, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 brought Warwick students, staff and graduates together to celebrate innovation, strengthen collaboration, and develop a thriving entrepreneurial community at the university and beyond. In this article, the Enterprise team reflects on the highlights of the week and what the future might hold for #GEW2021
“I like thinking of ideas but I would never make a business, there’s just too much risk…”
“I had this exact same idea! But someone else did it before me…”
“I’m just not creative like that..”
I’m sure you’ve either said this yourself or heard someone say it at least once in your life. This article is here to dispel some myths behind buzz words like “enterprise” or “innovation”.
Entrepreneurship and PhD may feel like worlds apart, but they don’t need to be. With COVID-19, the slashing of institutional budgets, the reduced availability of grants and fellowships, and the reconstruction of the world of work, doctoral researchers are currently faced with a dilemma: is a career in academia still the most promising route, or is it time for PhD students to consider a new career path?
How can you start solving the largest social and environmental challenges as an entrepreneur?
Have you ever thought about starting a business that has a positive impact and solves a social or environmental challenge? Probably, the answer is yes. But what kept you from pursuing your venture? Was it…
… that you didn't know which problem to tackle?
… that you didn't find the right idea?
… that you didn't have enough funding to kick your project off?
… that you didn't have the right support along the way?
All of these are common concerns about starting an entrepreneurial venture and I have certainly experienced some of them myself. This short insight will give you food for thought on how you can overcome these and how Ingenuity 2020 could support you with it.
Many of us know how it feels. You have almost arrived at the supermarket and realize that you have forgotten to take your reusable shopping bags with you, so you probably will have to purchase yet another plastic bag that will later on join your recycling bin at home; or, you will re-purchase another £3 reusable cotton bag to join your cotton bag collection.
Warwick Enterprise is pleased to hear that our Summer Programme 2020 – Inspiring SDG Innovators has been shortlisted as one of the Finalists in the Enterprise category of the 2020 Green Gown Awards UK & Ireland.
By the most recent count, In the UK, there are over 100,000 social enterprises. Collectively, these organisations employ 2 million people and are worth around £60bn to UK GDP1 . However, their value is worth much more than just their economic impact as social and environmental change are embedded within the values and mission of social enterprises. In this blog, I will be discussing the role and importance of social enterprises in creating a more sustainable and prosperous post-Covid-19 world.
The Importance of Innovation Introduction This year is a bit special. The pandemic has had a great impact on our lives: many aspects of our daily routines have been profoundly transformed due to Covid-19, just think about your Zoom and Google Meet calls. We even had the first ever digital Welcome Week at Warwick this year, who would have ever imagined it? Still, here we are, ready to start term 1, all together from all around the world!
In this article, Prema Doraisamy discusses how she and her co-founder, Bethany Staff, created and developed a platform to provide free online finance courses for UK schools.
Ellie Mayall, the incoming president of Warwick Girl Boss Society, looks back on the events of this academic year, and looks forward to seeing the society grow in the future.