How you can get involved in enterprise

Develop skills, metworks and ideas

  • Boot Camp - An intensive and exciting 3 day enterprise boot camp solving big problems in teams to compete for prizes. In partnership with a guest employer.
  • Company Treks - Get behind the scenes at great companies.
  • Competitions - Enter an enterprising competition for a chance to win cash prizes and unique experiences to help your CV
  • Ideas Fund - How would you spend £500? Turn your idea into reality with a little financial help
  • Social Action - Take social action and get involved with the Enactus entrepreneurial society at Birmingham. 

Make It Real - take action on your ideas

  • B-Start-Up Programme - Make it real with this six-month guided programme that is structured and designed to test your business idea and get it to the market quicker, cheaper and more effectively.
  • Business Start-Up Appointment - Talk to our friendly staff about your business idea and get help taking it forward.
  • Freelance Quick Start - Profit from your passion and get into freelancing.
  • Get Funding - Take action on your idea. Apply for £500 funding whatever stage your business or idea is at
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week - Every November, we celebrate innovation, creativity and people who make things happen with a series of events at the University of Birmingham
  • Impact Internships - Work for a start-up or social enterprise and get paid for it.
  • Start-Up Connections - Networking event for students, entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, and influencers. Find live internship opportunities, get help with your idea or be inspired by creative Birmingham start-up businesses.
  • Start-Up Visa - Start your business in the UK after you graduate (for non-EU students)

Benefits of being enterprising

Being enterprising gives you a strong 'can-do' mind-set and makes you capable to handle anything that's thrown your way. Our world is becoming increasingly unpredictable and is changing quickly. Technological advances, globalisation, population rises, climate change, political and social unrest. By being enterprising, and by applying your knowledge and wider skills gained at Birmingham, you will develop skills in adaptability and resilience, skills which will help you in our ever changing economy. 

Even if you’re not planning on setting up your own business, getting involved in enterprising activities is a great way to boost your CV, gain new skills and meet new people. These are skills that can be transferred to your studies, your future employment and your daily life.

Find the you, you want to be!

The list below gives you an idea on the breadth of skills, attributes and behaviours which are linked to enterprise. How many of those can you relate to? Would you be able to confidently give examples of those during a job interview?  

Being enterprising is highly valued by employers. You may have noticed that interview processes are increasingly focusing on candidates' personalities. No longer are they purely interested in your skills and competences to do the job. Instead, would you fit into their organisation? What did you do over the summer? And what could this imply about you?

Skills, Attributes and behaviours

Skills: 

  • Intuitive decision making with limited information
  • Coping with uncertainty and complexity
  • Building know-how and trusting relationships
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Negotiation capacity
  • Selling/pursuasive
  • Sense of belief in self

Attributes:

  • Strong sense of independance
  • Builds own know-how and trust relationships
  • Commitment to see things through
  • Sense of ownership over problems/actions

Behaviours:

  • Seems and takes opportunities
  • Takes iniative
  • Builds and develops networks
  • Assess and takes risks
  • Holistic management of situations
  • Thinks strategically

 

Contact the B-Enterprising team

The B-Enterprising Team at Birmingham provides curricular enterprise, extra-curricular enterprise and Start-Up support across all of the University’s five colleges. Enterprise is having ideas and making things happen. We are all enterprising; students, academics, entrepreneurs, businesses, employers, societies… all you need is motivation; we’ll help you with the rest.

Find out more about the B-Enterprising Team here or contact us by emailing benterprising@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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