Business students make final pitch at UWE Bristol's Enterprise Fair

Issue date: 15 May 2015

Seminar Room at UWE Bristol ECC

Come along and have your say on which Final Year student business plan deserves the accolade of 'The Project with the Most Potential' at UWE Bristol's Enterprise Fair, open to the public from 10-12 noon this Saturday 16 May 2015 at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC).

This is just one of the prizes on offer to 200 final year Business students taking part in the Enterprise Fair. They'll make a 30-second elevator pitch and take part in an assessed poster presentation to mark the final element of the Enterprise project, a final year dissertation module organised around the creation and development of a business plan.

Students have submitted business plans based around a wide range of business ventures covering everything from cutting edge software applications to artisan food businesses and also including a considerable number focussed around sustainability; reflective of Bristol's status as European Green Capital.

Speaking about the significance of the Enterprise Fair, Bristol Business School's Nick Kent, said, “This is the first time that we've run this particular event and the first time an event of this sort has been included as part of a final year dissertation module at UWE. The Enterprise Fair – which gives students the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in a public arena - really is the icing on the cake of the Enterprise Project module; a supervised dissertation module which sees students working up a business idea into a full business plan over the course of the final year of their degrees.

“Students take away the ability to create and develop a full business plan – a very transferable skill which will be equally valuable in the private, public or third sectors. The business plan draws on and integrates knowledge from a wide range of subjects including strategy, marketing, operations, and accounting and finance. The students also gain an appreciation that you need much more than just a good idea to prepare to launch a successful business.

“In essence we believe that the Enterprise Project provides an arena to enable students to create and develop a unique business opportunity by synthesising ideas from their prior learning, research that they've carried out, and their own individual creativity.”

There are a range of prizes for the best projects, all generously sponsored by Peter Fane of Nurture Landscapes, an alumnus of the University. Prizes include Best Enterprise Project, Best 'sustainable' Enterprise Project and 'The Project with the Most Potential', an opportunity for UWE colleagues and members of the public to get involved on the day and make nominations in this category.

Students are set to benefit from state-of-the art facilities, as work begins on the new state-of-the art building for the Faculty of Business and Law. Enabling works have now been completed on the site and construction work will start during May. For more information see the latest news release: UWE Bristol appoints main contractor for landmark £50m project

For more information on studying at UWE Bristol, visit the Faculty of Business and Law website.

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