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An entrepreneurial journey

A unique collaboration between King’s and eight London universities has given 200 students unrivalled access to the capital’s vast entrepreneurial ecosystem. The London Venture Crawl pioneered by King’s Entrepreneurship Institute saw universities across the capital join together to take students on a tour of some of the city’s leading innovation hubs and workspaces.

Over the course of 12 hours, six red Routemaster buses took the students, whose university courses are as diverse as fashion, computer science, medicine and law, on a journey through London for behind-the-scenes tours, workshops and talks from entrepreneurs.

Stops along the six routes included Amazon Fashion, Hello Fresh, Deliveroo and Campus London. The day culminated in an event at co-working space Plexal in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where students heard from Diane Perlman, Founder of Microsoft Ventures. This distinctive educational event was created by King’s in collaboration with universities across the capital.

Its aim was to introduce students to entrepreneurship, help them gain skills in creative thinking and leadership and connect them to inspirational industry leaders and real-world businesses across the capital. Abhishek Joshi, Innovation Hub Lead at Accenture UK, said, ‘We’re looking at a whole generation of people who have to get into the entrepreneurial mindset to help pave their way in the future.’ One student who participated said, ‘Until now I had no idea how big London is when it comes to the start-up scene.’

Jay Shorter, Learning Programme Manager at King’s Entrepreneurship Institute, said, ‘Students have had the chance to explore the entrepreneurial ecosystem that is so present here in London, while nine of the city’s universities had the opportunity to come together and share their learning.’

If you come to these events and you meet new people and you learn about entrepreneurship, your mind opens– Alicia Beylan, MSci Robotics and Intelligent Systems, King’s College London

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