Tag Archives: Social Enterprise

16 November 2014 - 1:22 pm Who wants to be an Entrepreneur?

This is a question that we seem to ask quite a bit here at USE.  However, in an up and coming event you will be able to ask a group of people who have been there and done that, why they became an entrepreneur. What are the advantages and disadvantages of working for yourself and my favourite question- what they think is their biggest achievement? Continue reading “Who wants to be an Entrepreneur?” »

14 November 2014 - 10:13 am Enactus Sheffield: Most Inspirational in the World!

Here at USE, we are extremely proud of our Enactus team. They have an outstanding commitment to making the world a better place by using entrepreneurial projects to combat social issues. And it’s not just us who think so. Enactus Worldwide have named Enactus Sheffield the Most Inspirational Team worldwide.  But what is their story? Why did they win this prestigious award? Continue reading “Enactus Sheffield: Most Inspirational in the World!” »

23 September 2014 - 4:00 pm HOPE nominated for another award!

HOPE was the project that made me cry at the induction evening about 11 months ago when I first joined Enactus. It was listening to the women’s voices, scared and terrified, that made me what to join Enactus and get so involved so quickly. Fast forward 11 months and I am now HOPE Local Director, overseeing 7 teams, with a total of 42 people working in HOPE. Continue reading “HOPE nominated for another award!” »

12 September 2014 - 6:52 am And the winner is…

Drum roll please! This is it, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. It’s the winners of our annual Enterprising Ideas Competition. Hurrah! What excitement! For those of you who read my previous post and have memorised all the finalists and are hanging on with bated breath to find out who walked away with £5000 cash, this post is for you. Continue reading “And the winner is…” »

25 June 2014 - 10:13 am Social innovation on caffeine

This year saw a fantastic turnout for our Social Innovation Lab. The programme sold out within a couple of weeks and proved to be a popular opportunity amongst our student population.

We know that our students are passionate about making a difference in their community and this social enterprise focussed programme enabled them to not only learn about social entrepreneurship but to also devise business concepts in teams and develop potential social enterprise ideas that could actually be realised and make a difference. Continue reading “Social innovation on caffeine” »

1 May 2014 - 10:28 am Calling all academics! Nominate your students for the USE Graduation Awards

Do you think one of your students is the most enterprising student at the University of Sheffield? Nominations are invited for the first University of Sheffield Enterprise Award.

Two awards will be awarded for the most enterprising Undergraduate student and most enterprising post graduate students from the University of Sheffield.  The winners in each category will receive £500.

Continue reading “Calling all academics! Nominate your students for the USE Graduation Awards” »

2 April 2014 - 10:27 am Enterprising Academics Wanted…

Have you got a special someone in your life? That enterprising academic that really makes your ideas happen? If so, why not nominate them for the most enterprising academic award at the Student Union’s Education Awards. Continue reading “Enterprising Academics Wanted…” »

1 April 2014 - 10:16 am The Sheffield Hunt 2014

Fancy stretching your creativity, team working and problem-solving and being rewarded with cash prizes? From Sunday 4th to Friday 9th May, The Sheffield Hunt 2014 will see teams competing in a series of imaginative and mischievous challenges that will test the teams’ abilities to think and cooperate in new ways. Continue reading “The Sheffield Hunt 2014” »

29 March 2014 - 10:53 am What about Social Enterprise in China?

To be honest, I had never heard about the term ‘social enterprise’ before I joined USE. My initial idea of it being some sort of charity shops made me just unconcerned (Shame on me..). Well, up till now, social enterprise remains unfamiliar to most of China. So what is it then? A social enterprise is a business with a social mission. Its profits will be principally reinvested in the business for the social objectives that it pursues, rather than distributed to its shareholders. If you were to look around, you would probably notice that social enterprise operates in almost every industry in UK. Well known examples include the Big Issue, Innocent drinks, Fair trade and the Phone co-op. With a focus on serving the community, social enterprise in UK has transformed the welfare system and stimulated local development. Brilliant impacts, sounds good. The next question will be: is this novel business model replicable? If so, what about in the context of China? Continue reading “What about Social Enterprise in China?” »

27 March 2014 - 10:01 am Enactus. What a funny word.

The time has finally come. I’ve been itching to write something about Enactus for so long but thought I should perhaps wait for the right moment. Heaven knows my family and friends are probably sick of the word by now (at least the remaining few friends I have who aren’t in Enactus) so that was another consideration. I’d quite like to keep my family and friends so bludgeoning them over the heads with Enactus 24/7 is something I’ve attempted to refrain from. However, turns out you guys have been typing Enactus in that little search box quite a lot recently so I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind and risk losing my loved ones by serenading writing about Enactus and why it’s just about the best thing since Pepsi Max made their bottles bigger for the same price (my true second love in life: Pepsi). What is Enactus? What do we do? Is it a Harry Potter spell? All good questions, let me explain.  Continue reading “Enactus. What a funny word.” »