Tag Archives: Entrepreneurship
14 May 2018 - 2:50 pm Challenger banks, orange credit cards and Monzo
Aside my Masters, I have three part time jobs (which accumulate to less hours than you would think) but they help with paying the rent (and the cinema and theatre) . One of my employers is Coffee Revolution in the SU. And whenever I’m on the till taking orders, I start noticing more and more orange credit cards. At first, I would ask: is that a Monzo card? And when met with a positive response, I would get really excited to meet a Monzo user. Now, it’s just becoming the order of the day. But what is Monzo do you ask?
Monzo is a challenger bank and a tech startup. It’s a newly established enterprise that aims to compete with the longer established banks in the country (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds). It distinguishes itself through its focus on technology and online data. Monzo is an app-bank. Transactions happen online, the app has interesting features such as freezing your card if you’ve lost it, or saving money into separate pots. It also has free costs to use abroad.
27 July 2017 - 11:02 am Bright Toys wins £855 to get more kids into STEM
“My name is Kisha Bradley and 20 years ago, I had my mind blown.”
This was the opening to Kisha’s pitch at Sheffield SOUP last night that would win her an £855 grant to buy tools and equipment to run interactive workshops designed to get more kids interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Continue reading “Bright Toys wins £855 to get more kids into STEM” »
10 January 2017 - 11:00 am All kinds of minds, and enterprise.
It’s some time (read: a couple of years) since I last wrote a USE blog post. It’s not because I’m lazy. I’ve just had rather a lot to do.
The work of the USE Academy has got busier and busier, and away from my busy full-time job, I’m busy too. I have two small children (one who’s just started school; the other just over a year old), and very little mental or physical downtime. And there’s this thing I have a lot of problems with, called executive dysfunction.
This means I have real difficulty with planning, prioritising, or even just getting started on anything. And there’s reason for that. I’m not lazy; my brain just works a little differently from the norm.
You see, I’m autistic.
25 May 2016 - 10:59 am Startup Weekend: not just ‘a University thing’
I can barely believe we have our 8th Startup Weekend on the horizon here in Sheffield. In some ways it doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since we ran our 1st event, with no idea how people would react to it and certainly no concept of how much of a community would grow out of it. But it was more than 5 minutes ago. It was 3 ½ years ago, in November 2012.
Continue reading “Startup Weekend: not just ‘a University thing’” »
20 April 2016 - 3:13 pm Bringing ‘Big Magic’ into your entrepreneurship journey
I’ve recently read this wonderful book called Big Magic and written by Elizabeth Gilbert, and thought I should share with you a review of it. This is mainly because of how well it depicts applying your creativity in everything that you do and work on. I think the advice she gives is inspirational, and although most of the stories refer to the author’s work as a writer, the lessons can be easily applied to entrepreneurship if that is the path that you have chosen. The author draws out some crucial life lessons that she and her acquaintances have gained over the years in order to help the reader to live creatively beyond fear.
8 April 2016 - 9:41 am YES CONFERENCE 2016
YES 2016 has come and gone however, the memories made are brimming with loads of knowledge gained, loads of experience shared and lastly loads of fun/laughter. You might be wondering, did I just say fun/laughter? Yes. The YES Conference was indeed a conference like no other.
15 March 2016 - 3:40 pm There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in WIN! UBC 2016
Hello USE Blog readers!
It’s been a while since my last post (apologies for that)! I have however, been extremely busy supporting our students to do great things! One of them being the University Business Challenge (UBC) – previously IBM Business Challenge. Some of you may remember that way back in September last year, we recruited our teams, by putting them through a rigorous selection process, whereby students ran their own pizza company (simulated of course). Continue reading “There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in WIN! UBC 2016” »
20 January 2016 - 11:53 am Like a Virgin
I don’t know what you were thinking when you were reading the title, but, hopefully, the first image that came to your mind was Richard Branson’s book: “Like a Virgin – Secrets They Won’t Teach You at Business School”.
20 December 2015 - 10:44 am Wrapping up the Autumn Semester
It’s been a very busy semester here at USE and just before we leave for the holidays, I’d like to share my thoughts of my first few months as an Entrepreneurship Intern. I’ve made awesome friends, got to know innovative businesses and started working on my own project.
22 September 2015 - 2:47 pm An Ex-Fresher’s Guide to Enterprise
Hello everyone! So, it’s my last week in the USE office. Sad times! My projects are being finished off, my endless sheets of paper are being organised and I’ve eaten a few too many of the homemade brownies I’d supposedly bought in for everyone else!
I can’t quite believe that nine weeks of work are coming to an end. Where has the time gone?! With only a few hours until I say goodbye to the Enterprise Zone until September, my mind is filled with thoughts of Intro Week; the bright-eyed freshers moving into Endcliffe, the long-awaited return of Pop Tarts (oh how I’ve missed you) and the rather daunting start of my third and final year. Help!