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We’ve had an extremely exciting first term with our Innovation Fellows joining us, helping us to deliver several events aimed at Warwick University students related to enterprise and innovation. Here’s some highlights of last term:

Her Innovation Collective (HIC)

21st October – 19th November 2019

Last term saw Her Innovation Collective (HIC) bring women on campus together to identify, embrace and follow their passions and ideas, ultimately to realise that there are no barriers to success, especially when we all unite our energies.



Global Entrepreneurship week was incredible! One of our favourite weeks of the year – seeing as it’s all about us. We were delighted to offer a whole suite of activities that students could engage in, across 7 events where students explored enterprise and innovation in its broadest sense, ranging from using Lego to sustainable banking.


Warwick Secret Challenge

We hosted several Warwick Secret Challenges during the first term which saw 85 students work in teams to tackle 3 hour challenges based around different themes.

Student Enterprise Fund

We also, saw a record breaking number of applications for the Student Enterprise Fund; the judges were extremely impressed by many of the applicants and their ideas and as such funded 17 ideas totalling £8,300.


Creative & Digital

In October we held a launch event for our new Creative & Digital Initiative. We were joined by 180 guests from different creative industries to celebrate the creative and digital work in the local area and share ideas on how we can work together in the future.



New Challenges

Be a Problem solver:

Warwick Secret Challenge

Fed up of seeing problems all around you and not knowing how to solve them? Tackle real-life problems here by working as a team in a fun and interesting way (with free food!).

Be a Change maker:

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4 Sustainability Issues

3 Continents

24 hours

Warwick Enterprise, in partnership with Enactus Warwick and Warwick SEED present the World Innovation Challenge which will be taking place during term 2. The first of it kind where students from Warwick, Monash and Hong-Kong Polytechnic will work in teams to create business solution to a key sustainability issue.The teams will have 48 hours to create their business idea which will be judge by a panel of sustainability experts and business leaders. The winners of the competition will receive £3000 in Seed funding and an invitation to be part of the Enactus Innovation Unit to kickstart their business into life and make a large sustainability impact!

Develop yourself and your Networks

Want to develop new networks, meet new people, and be inspired?

Her Innovation Collective (HIC) 

Join a passionate community of students and professional women who create, inspire and lead.

Do you want to be a part of a passionate community of students and professional women who create, inspire and lead? 2019 saw x women join together here at Warwick to create the first Her Innovation Collective, created in order to bring women together to identify, embrace and follow their passions and ideas. You will have the opportunity to build relationships with inspiring individuals who can support your personal and professional development: when we’re united, there are no barriers to success!

Students said:

‘I am still buzzing after the great evening spent on the HIC event yesterday.’

‘I am happy I was able to follow up with Neeta after the event, our conversation went well and she provided great insights and career advice.’

‘The coaching call was very helpful and inspiring.’

‘It is so empowering to see how much positive change can be brought about in a collective like the one we all created.’

Creative Her Innovation Collective (CHIC)

Connect with inspirational leaders and discuss creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and how to achieve success.

Warwick Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme (WIEP)

This online programme is designed to foster your ability to think like an entrepreneur and develop innovative products/services. (Plus meetups)


Take that Idea forward

Turn your idea into a reality. We have dedicated students and staff here to support you on your enterprising journey – from 1:1 support (ideas clinics), enterprise-related events, networking and funding opportunities.

Ideas Clinic –Have an entrepreneurial or innovative idea but don't know how to develop it? Come along to one of our weekly Warwick Enterprise idea clinic drop-ins. These drop-ins will be run by one of our Innovation Fellows whose aim is to inspire and support you from the very beginning of (and throughout) your entrepreneurial journey and help support your transition from idea to development stages. Our friendly Innovation Fellows will signpost you to relevent resources that can support you with your idea development, including: potential financial support, workshops, events, networks, (online) programmes and more.

Current Funding Opportunities - Student Enterprise Fund and Lord Rootes Fund

Students said:

‘Thanks to Warwick Enterprise I have been able to launch my business. The funding has helped me to explore different products and designs and understand what consumers like and dislike.’

‘Warwick has been instrumental in realising my start-up dream while studying an intensive Masters course by supporting me every step of the way. The Student Enterprise Fund award has been an important milestone in my journey as it gave me the confidence to take my business to the next level.’

‘The Student Enterprise Fund has allowed us pay for essential services which have allowed us to grow over the past 6 months. The Enterprise Team at Warwick have been helpful during every step of our journey!’

‘Financial support from the Student Enterprise Fund allowed the scale-up of our prototype manufacturing process. Warwick’s Innovation Group also provided useful advice, one-to-one meetings and connections within industry to help grow the business.’

Key Dates

Warwick Secret Challenge

Weds 22nd January:

16:00 – 19:00

Her Innovation Collective (HIC)

Closing date:

Midnight Thurs 23rd January

4 Sessions between:

Mon 3rd – Tues 25th February

Interactive Futures

31st January

Creative Her Innovation Collective (CHIC)

Register your interest now

4 sessions starting: Thurs 20th February

World Innovation Challenge

13th March

Funding Opportunities

Student Enterprise Fund

Deadline Sunday 9th February, 11:59pm

Lord Rootes Fund

Deadline Sunday 2nd February 11:59pm