Loughborough University London launches ‘London Venture Crawl’

Join our London Venture Crawl 2018, exploring the City's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Loughborough University London is proud to be at the heart of creativity and enterprise. London is the unrivalled start-up capital of Europe, home to the third biggest group of $1bn valuation start-up companies and a playground for new ideas and opportunities.1

To celebrate London's entrepreneurial talent, we have hired a double-decker bus to take our students on a tour of the Capital's creative hubs, alongside nine other Universities. On Wednesday 14th March (10am-9pm), we will spend a day travelling across the City, visiting co-worker and maker spaces, incubators and accelerators to connect our entrepreneurial students to the eco-system across London.

This will include tours of:

There are places for fourty-five students from across all disciplines, and undergraduates and postgraduates from both our Loughborough campus and London campus are welcome to apply. The event is also open to Loughborough University London alumni. 

Whilst on the bus, students will be visited by leaders from across a range of industries, including investors, makers, and entrepreneurs from some of the most innovative start-up companies in London. Students will have an opportunity to take part in a pitching workshop and start-up quiz.

The bus will finish its tour at one of Europe’s largest Innovation spaces; Plexal. Students will hear from inspiring entrepreneurs, including Loughborough University alumnus, Laurence Kemball-Cook, inventor of Pavegen. Local food and drink will be served and students will be encouraged to share their ideas, connect and talk to other entrepreneurial students.

The Loughborough University London Venture Crawl (Venture Crawl 2018) is part of an ongoing programme of entrepreneurial activities run by Loughborough University London to support enterprising students from across both campuses.

Ben Cole, Loughborough University London’s Stakeholder Development Manager said 'Having a coherent idea is just the start to developing a new business. Knowing where support is available, how to access it, meet mentors and gain investment is just as important. #VentureCrawl2018 gives our students an unrivalled opportunity to connect with the entrepreneurial eco-system in London'.

[1] https://www.cbinsights.com/research-unicorn-companies

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.

How to apply

Due to the exclusive nature of this opportunity, there is a short application form.

Those who have been accepted onto the Venture Crawl 2018 will be notified by email no later than 9th March 2018

For further information, please email Ben: B.P.Cole@lboro.ac.uk . Follow Ben on Twitter: @bencole9

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