New enterprise manager for UWE's Ideas Factory

Issue date: 17 November 2008

Iheanyi Ibe The University of the West of England's Ideas Factory is marking national Enterprise Week with the appointment of a new enterprise project manager, Iheanyi Ibe.

The Ideas Factory provides information and advice to enable students, staff and alumni to develop a business from the seed of an idea through to a working business. Advisers like Iheanyi will point them in the right direction to take advantage of support for enterprise both inside and outside the University.

Iheanyi brings extensive experience of business support and enterprise development to the role, as well as bags of enthusiasm. He said, “The variety of this work is what really motivates me and I am looking forward to working with students, staff and alumni on their ideas.”

Iheanyi started working in the pharmaceuticals industry before moving to provide training and business support for small and medium businesses in the South West.

He has been involved in numerous projects in the UK and Europe which gave him the opportunity to work with a range of different businesses and help develop innovative ideas.

The Ideas Factory offers staff, students and alumni free one-on-one confidential advice sessions with a business adviser; networked PCs for research and development of ideas and meeting spaces for teamwork and sharing. It provides information on starting business and developing enterprise skills, and networking opportunities with other enterprising and creative people.

Enterprise Week takes place from 17-23 November 2008 and is a national celebration of enterprise with thousands of events and activities happening across the UK. Last year there were over 5,000 events and more than half a million people took part.

Editor's notes

•Jpeg of Iheanyi Ibe available

•For more information on UWE's Ideas Factory, visit the website

•Enterprise Week is run by Make Your Mark, a national campaign to unlock the UK's enterprise potential, funded by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). For more information visit


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