Tag Archives: Startup
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.
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.
5 December 2016 - 2:32 pm YouTube Entrepreneurs- Story of Michelle Phan
If you are a makeup junky, you must have heard of Michelle Phan-one of the most influential YouTube celebrities. If you think she only posts videos to teach you how to do a trendy makeup, you are SO WRONG.
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” »
26 February 2016 - 1:04 pm Looking to get some funding for your startup? You MUST read this!
As you might have noticed, we’ve made a few changes to our website and the process of offering entrepreneurship support. If you are looking for a clear outline of how the Evolve Programme works and how we can support you, then you are in the right place.
10 November 2015 - 11:12 am New beginnings and a ray of never giving up
Hey everyone, my name is Baiju, a very excited intern at the USE who is a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I’ll tell you a little bit about myself, but not sure where to start…
I come from Kenya, which has some of the most beautiful scenery, still trying to find something to top the Great Rift Valley and the sun setting in the horizon, watching the zebra graze the last few blades in the dark as the last golden rays hit their backs, it is bliss! I left Kenya to come to the University of Sheffield, to study Economics, as I have a passion for development and trying to bridge the gap of inequality.
30 October 2015 - 11:58 am A weekend to make the change!
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, Jedi Master
Startup Weekends are fun packed entrepreneurship exercises in which you’ll learn much more than just starting a business. In brevity, Startup Weekends are two and a half day events; they start on a Friday evening when people pitch their ideas (It could be you too, if you have got one!). Then the participants choose the idea they would like to be part of. The next day the teams build their product prototype and also reach out to their market to understand the challenges their business idea would face. On the final day the teams present their ideas to the judges and win prizes!
22 July 2015 - 4:17 pm Round Up of all the Enterprise Entertainment News @ USE
It’s been a while since I wrote my first blog post and I am itching to share with you all the latest news and goings on here at USE. I am settling into my role quite well and since those first few hairy weeks of getting my head around what enterprise is, it’s been full throttle, with lots of exciting and interesting events and projects…
5 June 2015 - 11:29 am The Sheffield Crowd and Talking to Customers
Remember the Date is an online greetings card company that initially started out as a date remembering service whereby users could create all their greetings cards in advance and then Remember the Date would send their cards out as and when required. This ensured that users would never forget to send a card again. Since launch, the business has pivoted several times, first by enabling customers to add a video message to their card and then by stocking the cards in various shops across Sheffield. The later change in how we run our business has proved successful with several other stores now poised to become stockists.
29 April 2015 - 1:16 pm Join The Energy Community
Hello from The Energy Community! In this blog, we’re going to introduce ourselves, describe our journey so far and then we’ll be telling you about a vacancy for an IT manager role: we want to take on another voluntary member which, if successful, could lead to a permanent offer with shares in the company. So skip to the bit you like, or enjoy the whole story. Continue reading “Join The Energy Community” »