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Road trip for budding King's entrepreneurs

Posted on 08/03/2017
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A road trip for budding entrepreneurs at King’s College London


King’s College London’s Entrepreneurship Institute took to the road yesterday to introduce an ambitious group of 30 students to some of London’s key entrepreneurial ‘sights’.

As part of its 12 hour ‘Venture Crawl’, a London Routemaster took students behind the scenes at some of the capital’s biggest and most innovative ventures, stopping to meet different companies and Startups from across the London tech and innovation scene along the way.

Venture Bus stops included multinational companies such as Facebook and Accenture’s Innovation Centre and accelerators, Wayra and MassChallenge. Students had unique access to enterprise spaces and the opportunity to take part in activities and talks designed to get them to think creatively, be inspired by industry leaders, and get feedback about their early-stage Startup ideas.

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Students trialled virtual reality, learned about the use of artificial intelligence in business, and had the chance to hear pitches from some inspiring Startups during the tour, ask questions and learn from their experience. The group was also joined by cybersecurity expert and former LulzSec hacker, Mustafa Al-Basam and leading businessman and philanthropist Prof Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE.

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Following the tour, Learning Programme Manager at King’s, Jeremy Shorter, said: ‘The best way to learn about entrepreneurship and innovative thinking is to experience it first-hand; to meet the people who are creating new jobs and coming up with creative ways to meet society’s challenges. King’s is in the heart of London, with the world’s top innovators right on our doorstep so we want to take full advantage of that.

Our students are the business leaders and innovators of the future and travelling on the bus gives them the opportunity to interact with each other and exchange ideas as we take them on this unique entrepreneurial journey.’

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Olga Kravchenko, a student in the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries who took part in the Venture Crawl said: ‘Travelling around London yesterday gave me a unique chance to meet other enterprise-minded students of different nationalities, ages and backgrounds. Having the opportunity to interact with each other and discuss ideas in some really inspiring business settings has really sparked my entrepreneurial imagination.’

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About the Entrepreneurship Institute

The Entrepreneurship Institute is King’s College London’s dedicated entrepreneurship hub. Focusing on the development of leadership, the Institute provides support and opportunities for King’s students, staff and alumni of up to seven years, throughout their careers and start-up journeys.

Contact Amy Lothian, Communications Manager, Entrepreneurship Institute, King’s College London, Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4PH T 07730551102 E amy.lothian@kcl.ac.uk W www.kcl.ac.uk/entrepreneurship-institute

About King’s College London

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (2016/17 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

For further information, please visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/About-Kings.aspx    

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