Opportunity for Entrepreneurs £2000 development bursary available

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Santander Postgraduate Entrepreneurship Associate Bursaries Scheme October 2012

The scheme offers five awards each year, up to a maximum of £2000 each, to University of Sussex Masters and Doctoral students intending to develop a business or social enterprise.

The money can be used for a wide variety of business support, including but not limited to: research, creating prototypes, market analysis, travel or anything else the scheme panel considers relevant to forming or developing a new business.

Funds cannot be used to pay for the time of the entrepreneur.

Strong candidates (individuals or groups) will be able to:

  • Show a high level of personal commitment and passion for their proposed enterprise
  • Demonstrate the ability to recruit and lead others to realise the opportunity
  • Identify the resources and/or intellectual property on which the idea rests
  • Describe the enterprise’s growth potential

Interested? Got ideas for setting up your own business or a social enterprise?

Step 1: Interested students must first attend the university business start up training run by the Sussex Innovation Centre on the Thursday 25 October 2012. The course will, amongst other things, support the development of a sales pitch for a new enterprise.

Step 2: Deadline for submission of applications Friday 23 November 2012.

All pitches from workshop attendees will be reviewed and short-listed. Those short-listed will receive mentoring support from the Sussex Innovation Centre team before pitching to the Santander Postgraduate Entrepreneurship Associate Bursaries Panel in December 2012.

For info contact: Simone Robinson at the Doctoral School : Simone.Robinson@sussex.ac.uk   or call on ext: 7767

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