On Wednesday 14 March 2018, 200 university students studying subjects as diverse as fashion, computer science, medicine and law will embark on a 12 hour entrepreneurial journey. 6 iconic Routemaster buses will travel on uniquely-designed routes, stopping off for talks, workshops and bespoke tours at organisations and workspaces including Amazon Fashion, Hello Fresh, Deliveroo, Barclays, Innovation Warehouse, Digital Catapult, Makerversity, Wayra and Campus Lonon - A Google space.
VIP passengers will be hopping on board the buses to share their stories and stimulate conversations, peer-to-peer learning and idea sharing. They include: Rachel Arthur, award-winning journalist and founder of FashMash, Carlton Cummins, Cofounder of Aceleron and Winner of the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and Deepak Tailor, Founder of LatestFreeStuff.co.uk and BBC Dragons’ Den winner.
The event, designed to give students the opportunity to connect to real-world businesses, be inspired by industry leaders, gain new skills and get feedback about their startup ideas will end at Plexal at Here East in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event is also a chance for students to learn from people one step ahead of them - shown as vital for the progression of early-stage entrepreneurs.
Diane Perlman, Founder of Microsoft ventures and CMO of video ad tech company Unruly will give an inspirational keynote and Q&A with a chance for students to share their experiences, connect with each other and have a chance for some well-earned reflection over food and drinks
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. As London universities we have the world’s top innovators right on our doorstep and we want students to take full advantage of such a unique location.
University students are the entrepreneurs and innovators of the future and travelling on the London Venture Crawl gives them the opportunity to interact with each other and exchange ideas as we take them on this unique entrepreneurial journey.– Jeremy Shorter, Entrepreneurship Institute, King’s College London